Our favorite pear salad recipe came from my late sister=in=law Peggy. I frequently make it & grilled fish fillets, & that's the meal.
The salad is just :
1 pkg of mixed baby greens
1/2 c pecans
2 oz. of a good blue cheese crumbled up
1 pear diced
place in a jar:
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c Splenda (or sugar)
1/2 T celery seed
3 T Balsamic Vinegar
mix these well to dissolve the salt & sweetener then add
1/2 c Canola oil
ADD THE DRESSING AT THE LAST POSSIBLE MINUTE. THIS SALAD GETS SOGGY & NOT NICE IF YOU LEAVE IT SWIMMING IN THE DRESSING TOO LONG.
Another very good variation of this salad that I have made, is substitute strawberries for the pears, then use Poppy seed instead of the celery seed. YUMMY!
Don't try to subtitute a different kind of vinegar at all (very bad idea---yukky!) Olive oil can be used instead of the canola with fair results, but canola is much better in this. I've tried these variations out of necessity, because I realized at the last minute, dinner was about ready & I'd run out of something, except for the strawberries with poppy seed, that was shear inspiration from the lovely strawberries I had at hand.