Bacon and pear salad with Stilton dressing

It’s less than two weeks left until we move to the house and I’m so excited that I can’t sit still! Everyday I check my tomato plants that I planted last month and the kitchen table is full of seeds: four different kind of beets, several kinds of carrots and radishes, salad, mangold, spring onion and so many others… And not to forget my cucumber and water melon plants, also brought up from seeds just like the tomatoes. On the balcony I have strawberry plants and a gooseberry plant, and of course the rhubarb. As you can understand I’ll have a very busy summer in the garden. And during some of the coming warm summer evenings I’ll be having this delicious salad that we enjoyed a couple of weeks ago.

    Bacon and pear salad with Stilton dressing
    (adapted from BBC Food. Serves 4 as a starter)

    2 pears, cored and thinly sliced
    1 large handful of fresh chervil, chopped
    1 large handful of flatleaf parsley, chopped
    1 large handful of fresh dill, chopped
    1 large handful of fresh chives, chopped
    1 package (around 180-200 gram) of streaky bacon

    4 tbsp white wine vinegar
    5 tsp Dijon mustard
    100-150 ml olive oil
    100 gram Stilton cheese, crumbled
    Maldon sea salt
    freshly ground black pepper

    First make the dressing by combining all dressing ingredients in a bowl. Whisk slightly, you’re supposed to have Stilton lumps in the dressing.

    Combine pear slices and herbs in a bowl. Fry the bacon until crisp and golden, remove it to a paper towel to drain. Break each bacon rasher in half with your hands. Put the bacon over the salad just before serving it with dressing on the side.

8 Responses to “Bacon and pear salad with Stilton dressing”

  1. Pille
    May 19th, 2008 07:54

    Oh, how exciting it must be to have your own garden finally. I’ll be looking forward to lots of even more inspirational vegetable recipes then :)

  2. Foodycat
    May 19th, 2008 10:32

    Delicious salad! I think I’d add some baby spinach leaves and a handful of toasted walnuts.

    Good luck with the move and the garden! I’m getting excited about my tomatoes and courgettes.

  3. Liska
    May 19th, 2008 15:00

    Dagmaro, gratuluję domu, a ogrodu jeszcze bardziej :) Zasiej dużo maciejki i będzie jak w raju.

  4. Courtney
    May 19th, 2008 15:20

    Very delicious salasd. We are moving the summer house he purchased a few hours away fron Stockholm in 2 weeks as well. I share your excitement.

  5. jasmine
    May 20th, 2008 01:34

    What a great salad. Am a big fan of stilton…and bacon…and pears…but hadn’t thought of combining them. Well done!


  6. Sheryl
    May 20th, 2008 18:42

    Delicious salad!!! I tagged you for a meme if you wanna do it!

  7. HoneyB
    May 27th, 2008 15:45

    The salad sounds delicious!

  8. aforkfulofspaghetti
    May 27th, 2008 17:58

    Good luck with the move – sounds as though you’re ready and raring to go!

    That’s a lovely salad – and such a pretty bowl, too.

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