Warm stilton salad

Warm stilton salad

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4

A perfect salad for one of those late summer-early autumn days – ready in just over half an hour

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal305
  • fat23g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre3g
  • protein13g
  • salt1.5g
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  • 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon, rind removed
  • 3 ripe pears, peeled, cored and sliced



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  • 140g blue cheese, cut into small cubes, such as Colston Bassett stilton
  • 100g washed baby spinach

For the dressing

  • 1 tbsp sherry or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  1. Use kitchen scissors or a sharp knife to snip the bacon crossways into fat matchsticks. Heat a small, dry frying pan on a medium heat and add the bacon. Cook for about 10 mins, until the fat has run and the bacon is crisp.

  2. To make the dressing, reduce the heat in the pan to low and stir in 1 tbsp water, then the vinegar, honey and mustard. Stir well, scraping up any residue on the base of the pan. Stir in the oil, taste and season.

  3. Meanwhile, heat a ridged griddle pan or grill and cook the pears for about 5 mins on each side, until browned. Place in a bowl and mix with the cubes of cheese (this melts the cheese a little, making it nice and squidgy). Tip the spinach into a serving bowl, and scatter the cheese and pear mixture over. Top with the warm bacon dressing and serve immediately.

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Che Guevaraa's picture
Che Guevaraa
1st Feb, 2020
This was delicious. I liked it so much I’m having it again for lunch tomorrow.
21st Oct, 2011
We enjoyed this for lunch. Lovely flavour combinations and I particularly liked the dressing.
3rd Oct, 2011
We love this starter - quick and easy to make and very tasty - the dressing is excelelnt. Make sure you use fairly ripe pears.
7th Sep, 2010
This is yum and really simple to put together. To get ahead I griddled the pears in advance and then when everyone was ready to eat I warmed them up just a little in the microwave. As Shelagh says don't have the pears too warm as the cheese does start sticking together. But the dressing is brill and the bacon makes is so tasty.
24th Feb, 2008
A tasty dish, which is simple to do. Be careful not to overheat the pears because this causes the cheese to melt a tadge too much! Have served this as a starter.
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