Pear and Gorgonzola Salad with Honey Apple Dressing

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

This Pear and Gorgonzola Salad with Caramelised Pecans and Honey Apple Dressing is the perfect fall salad! It comes together in just 15 minutes!Pouring dressing on pear and gorgonzola salad with caramelised pecans salad in a white bowl.

Hooray for fall salads! Spring and salads go great together, but fall salads are probably the best kind. You all seemed to really love my Apple Pecan and Feta Salad so I knew this salad had to be coming up pretty soon. I truly, truly loved this salad – easy, crunchy, sweet, tasty and good for you! Also, caramelised pecans – yes please.

Top down shot of pear and gorgonzola salad with caramelised pecan salad in a white bowl with a bowl of pecans on the side.

This pecan and gorgonzola salad definitely brings all the flavours of Autumn and Fall. It’s great for lunch or dinner, but most definitely great for Thanksgiving. It’s filled with so many layers of flavours that are pretty much a must in any great salad.

Let’s go through the beautiful elements: I love the creaminess and tanginess that the gorgonzola cheese has. Like seriously, who doesn’t love gorgonzola cheese?! You could easy substitute Roquefort cheese or anything packaged “blue cheese”  but don’t leave this loveliness out.

A table with pear and gorgonzola salad with caramelised Pecans salad with forks on the side and a bowl of pecans.

Next up, the cranberries and pears add a softness, beautiful texture and their own delightful flavours. I really loved the pears in this and they’re so soft and juicy it’s almost like they are caramelised. Speaking of caramelised – those pecans!! I’m sharing the recipe for this soon but these are a dream come true. The sweetness and crunchiness balances out everything and they are a must add-in. You can always buy organic natural ones in your local grocery store, or whip them up at home (melt them down in some coconut sugar).

The kale adds an unforgettable crunch, but you can blanch it slightly if you want a softer texture. It’s like a big pillowy hug for all the ingredients, a very welcome one indeed. Last but not least, the honey apple dressing. This has been going wild on my blog for the last two years, so I knew I needed to share it in this recipe. Sweet, slightly tangy, and a complete DREAM come true, don’t forget this when making your salad!

Have I convinced you yet? I hope so. 🙂 Whip this up, take a bite, and say hello to fall.

Honey dressing being poured on pear and gorgonzola salad with caramelised pecans salad in a white bowl.

P.S. Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you’d like to use them too:



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Pear, Gorgonzola and Caramelised Pecans with Honey Apple Dressing

This Pear and Gorgonzola Salad with Caramelised Pecans and Honey Apple Dressing is the perfect fall salad! It comes together in just 15 minutes!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Course Jams, Sauces, Dips & Spreads, Salads
Cuisine American
  • 3 cups kale de-stemmed, washed and torn
  • 1 pear sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons candied pecans
  • 3 tablespoons Gorgonzola cheese crumbled

Honey-Apple Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper



  • In a bowl, place the salad greens. Add the pear slices, cranberries, candied pecans and gorogonzola cheese on top - if you'd like, toss the toppings together in a bowl first then sprinkle on top of greens.

Honey-Apple Vinaigrette Dressing

  • Whisk the ingredients together and pour over the salad.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 649mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 6800IU | Vitamin C: 83mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. So autumnal, tasty and beautiful! Well done, Jessica.

  2. Tonya Conteh says:

    You don’t have to twist my arm. You have captured fall in the best way!

  3. Nayeli Chavez says:

    Looks so delicious!!!!
    I only wonder, if I substitute Kale, What can be better to use? baby spinach or romaine lettuce?… Can´t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. StephanieCooks says:

    How many does this recipe serve?

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Stephnie! Thanks so much for reading. It actually serves 2. I hope this helps.

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