Italian Winter salad with pears and blue cheese


Eating seasonally is one of the healthier habits to balance our natural rhythms, help sustainability and improve our overall nutrition.

When we eat foods that are in season we increase our energy levels and avoid introducing chemicals in our system. Produce forced to grow when it’s not its natural time to grow will contains more chemicals and/or will be imported, which has a considerable negative environmental impact.

This delicious seasonal winter salad is packed with vitamins and probiotics that will help your immune system throughout the cold months. Chicory is a great source of insulin, manganese and B6, great for brain health; walnuts are a super plant source of Omega 3s and fantastic for gut health, while pears are a powerhouse fruit, packing fibre, vitamins and beneficial plant compounds.

Serves 4


1 shallot

250g radicchio (red chicory)

1 tbsp Olive oil

2 Williams pears

180g Gorgonzola (can be substituted with Blue Cheese/Stilton/any strong cheese of choice)

8-10 walnuts

Salt & Pepper to taste


For the dressing

1 tbsp Dijon or French mustard

2-3 tbsp Olive oil

2tbsp Lemon Juice

1 tbsp Honey



  1. Peel and finely chop the shallot and put it in a large salad bowl
  2. Wash the pears and cut them in long thin slices, combine with the shallot
  3. Clean the chicory and roughly chop it to 1 cm wide.
  4. Cut the blue cheese in small cubes and add to the vegetables in the salad bowl.
  5. Roughly chop the walnuts and combine into the ingredients bowl.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle a little olive oil to give it some emulsion.  Toss gently to combine the flavours.
  7. To prepare the dressing, combine the French mustard, honey, lemon juice and olive oil whisking well in a bowl until smooth.
  8. Serve your salad with the dressing and enjoy!


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