Pear & Blue Cheese Salad with Parsnip Crisps

Sweet pears, salty blue cheese are a classic combo, but topping this salad with crunchy honeyed walnuts and slender parsnip crisps brings it into a whole new league. Eat as a dinner party starter or as a light meal.


1 cup baby spinach leaves

1 cup rocket leaves

Handful of Proper Parsnip Crisps

100g Blue Cheese (optional) Smoked Salmon slices (optional)

1 ripe pear, thinly sliced

3/4 cup walnuts

2 Tbs New Zealand honey

1 Tbs balsamic vinegar

Salt & Pepper to taste

Olive Oil


  • Heat pan to a medium heat setting and add walnuts. Toast for 1-2 minutes, making sure they don’t burn. Add honey and stir to combine.

  • Add balsamic vinegar and bring to bubble. Stir constantly for 1-2 minutes to stop mixture sticking, remove from heat and season with salt & pepper.

  • To assemble salad, wash and dry the spinach and rocket, then mix together in a large bowl, add salmon slices, pear slices and crumble blue cheese over salad

  • Sprinkle walnuts and Proper Parsnip Crisps on top and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil to taste.

Image and Recipe credit: Proper Crisps

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