Chase away your winter salad blues with this Pear Walnut Salad. The Hot Honey Mustard Dressing adds a twist to the classic. And we haven't even mentioned the candied walnuts and blue cheese yet.
Spicy and fruity, from crunchy bits of dried fruit and then the richness of the blue cheese make you sit up and pay attention to this salad.
I served it first with Dijon Air Fryer Salmon and it was delicious.
It would go equally well with Ginger Crusted Roast Pork with Maple Mustard Sauce.
Wine Pairing for Pear Walnut Salad
Mustard can be tricky to pair with wine, especially if it is the main flavour of the dish. Wineries and chefs have devoted whole tasting experiences to the task. Their pick was Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.
This is a rich salad with the blue cheese and nuts. I think a Riesling would pair nicely. Or an Orvieto or white Grenache would also be good.
Any fruity low tannin red would be in order as well. Too much tannin risks a bitter clashing so think Beaujolais, Grenache or GSM blend, Barbera or Valpolicella.