Pear salad recipe with walnuts and feta for a light lunch


Who says salads are just for summer? While this delicious pear salad recipe by Dani Tucker can be enjoyed all year long, it tastes especially good in the chillier months. Plus, it’s a great way to make the most of a glut of pears.

Cheese is a tempting accompaniment to pears, and the feta cheese in this recipe adds a moreish tangy flavour. What’s more, feta is a good source of calcium, along with phosphorous and B vitamins. It also contains friendly bacteria that can help to support our gut health and immune system.

Walnuts add crunch to this pear salad recipe, and are a taste sensation when combined with feta cheese. Plus, walnuts contain a wealth of helpful benefits. Packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, these super little nuts are also a fantastic vegetarian source of omega-3.

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  • 50g pecans or walnuts
  • 2–3 ripe but firm pears, halved and cored
  • Juice of 1⁄2 lemon
  • Handful of red grapes, cut into round slices
  • 200g salad leaves, including lettuce, rocket, watercress
  • 150g feta, crumbled

For the dressing

  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 80ml)
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 60ml olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper


  1. Toast the nuts in a dry frying pan. Remove and leave them to cool, then chop roughly.
  2. Cut the pears into thin slices and put them in a large bowl. Sprinkle the slices with lemon juice to prevent them from going brown.
  3. Add the grapes, salad leaves, nuts and feta to the bowl.
  4. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a jug and season to taste. Just before serving, dress the salad well.