Pear and Stilton Salad – Progressive #SundaySupper

by Renee on January 8, 2012

Pear and Stilton Salad

Have you ever participated in a progressive dinner? It is so much fun and can really make for a entertaining evening. All you need to do is get a group of people to host a course at their house. It is great for a neighborhood event because you can walk from one home to another. A traveling potluck. It is interesting also because each part of the meal has a different setting.

This progressive dinner is a virtual one. My friend Isabel, @familyfoodie on twitter, is a true believer in the joys of a family Sunday Supper. She has been generating quite the conversation each Sunday on twitter using the #SundaySupper hashtag. So many people are joining in and tweeting what they are having along with recipes and photos. It is a wonderful resource for inspiration and conversation about food and family meals.

My Pear and Stilton Salad is for the salad course of this virtual progressive #SundaySupper. Fresh pear, stilton cheese, toasted walnuts, onions, all tossed together with a homemade sherry vinaigrette. The surprise part is the onions – I use cocktail onions. Sounds strange right? Trust me, they are great in this salad. The tangy flavor balances with the sweetness of the pears. Give it a try and you might find yourself putting cocktail onions in other salads too. See recipes for the salad and dressing below.

Don’t forget the wine! Eileen, @WineEveryday on twitter, has recommended a nice Cotes du Rhone Blanc to pair with the salad. You can find a full review and details of the wine on her blog by clicking here -> Wine Everyday or by clicking on the link to her post in today’s blog hop.

Thank you Isabel for inviting me to participate in this event. I am honored to be contributing to a special Sunday Supper with you and my fellow bloggers in our “Around the Family Table” virtual neighborhood.

Please visit the other posts for recipes, courses, cocktails, and wine pairings in this virtual progressive #SundaySupper. Just click on the links below to hop right to them. (Note: The links may appear above if you are reading this post in an email).



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Eileen Gross WineEveryday January 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

Renee, this salad is remarkably simple to toss together! The toasted walnuts add such a nice depth to the freshness of the greens & pear. I think the pairing with Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc is perfect, as it too has both freshness and depth.

PS, Left over toasted walnuts are great to noch on with manchago cheese after dinner!


Renee January 8, 2012 at 11:07 am

Thank you so much Eileen for the wine pairing! I am going to get the Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc and enjoy it with my salad.


BigFatBaker January 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

This salad looks so good. I am a big fan of the salty, sweet and tangy combo. I’ve never thought of putting cocktail onions in a salad but I can’t see why it wouldn’t be delicious. I’ll keep an eye out for pears next time I go to the store, this is too delicious to pass by!


Renee January 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Thank you Erin. I was inspired to use the cocktail onions because I had a salad similar to this during one of my trips to Napa/Sonoma. Now I put them in a lot of salads.


Jeff Young January 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Renee, this is an awesome salad! I love Stilton, and your Sherry Vinaigrette looks simply remarkable. Adding pears to salads always makes me happy. Thank you so much for this addition to our #SundaySupper progressive dinner!


Renee January 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Thanks Jeff! Once I started making my own salad dressings I can’t imagine a salad with store-bought dressing. I just vary the vinegar and will add fresh herbs sometimes also.


amy @ fearless homemaker January 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm

this salad looks great! i think the idea of the virtual progressive sunday supper is a wonderful one, although i think it might be even more fun to do one in person! thinking of asking some of our neighbors if they want to do one soon. thanks for the awesome idea! =)


Renee January 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm

You should do a progressive dinner. They are so much fun. I did one with some neighbors for New Year’s one time and hoping we can do another one soon.


sunithi January 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Hi Renee, That salad looks absalutely Delish ! I love pears and will definately try this out. The Dressing is fab too. Couls use that for alot of salads ! Thanks for sharing and was lovely participating in the Sunday Supper with you !


Renee January 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Thank you! I had such fun with the Sunday Supper and I’m already looking forward to the next one. Glad we had such a good team to make it a success.


Liz January 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

Oh, my…this is exactly the sort of salad I gravitate towards! Delish!


Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Thanks! Homemade dressings are really what puts salads over the top.


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