Blue cheese & grape salad with caramelised pecans

Blue cheese & grape salad with caramelised pecans

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins

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Serves 4

This salad has a great balance of sour, sweet, crunchy and smooth

Nutrition and extra info

  • Egg-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal336
  • fat28g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre0g
  • protein9g
  • salt1.53g
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  • knob of butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 50g pecan or walnuts
    Pecan nuts



    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 heads chicory



    Also known as endive, chicory is a forced crop, grown in complete darkness, which accounts for…

  • 100g bag rocket



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

  • 50g grape (we used Muscat)
  • 140g blue cheese (roquefort is best)


  1. First, caramelise the nuts. Heat the butter and sugar in a small frying pan, then stir in the nuts. Cook over a low heat for about 5 mins until the nuts are crisp and coated in the sugary butter. Tip onto an oiled baking sheet, leave to cool slightly, then roughly chop. Whisk together the vinegar and olive oil until well blended, then stir through a little salt and pepper to taste.

  2. To serve, tear the leaves off the chicory and put into a bowl with the rocket. Slice the grapes in half, remove the seeds, then add to the bowl with most of the dressing. Gently toss everything together until the leaves are coated, then arrange on 4 serving plates. Crumble over the cheese and top with a scattering of nuts. Drizzle with the remaining dressing to serve.

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kasiakoczwara's picture
14th Nov, 2012
Really, really lovely! Fantastic lunch when eaten with piece of nice bread...
21st Oct, 2010
This is a delicious recipe. I love the combination of blue cheese, sweet grapes and crunchy, caramelised pecans. However, the pecans are very easy to burn so I grill them instead. It still tastes delicious even if a little of the sweetness is lost.
3rd Jun, 2010
The grapes are nice, but I prefer pears, and I use mesclun lettuce. Always keep a tray of fresh salad leaves in my back garden. The nuts are great!
21st Apr, 2010
Quick, easy and a great way to use up leftover blue cheese. I added more grapes, used walnuts instead of pecans, add cucumber and celery, and used iceberg lettuce instead of rocket and chicory.
25th May, 2009
Loved this for a great combination of tastes and textures. Loved the pecans in the caramel and would make those on their own as a treat!
12th Feb, 2009
Lovely, and great for those needing "crunchies."
4th Jan, 2009
This was divine. And easy!
6th Oct, 2008
Easy tasty - and looks great.
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