This is one of my favorite summer salad recipes that I took from my Dad (aka Poppi) and tweaked a little bit with some fresh herbs. Serve it as a starter for a summer BBQ and I guarantee everyone will be wanting seconds. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


  • 1 bag spinach
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint
  • 1 handful of blue cheese crumbles (easily substitute with goat cheese or parmesan)
  • 1 handful of pecans
  • 1 soft pear
  • red wine vinegar
  • olive oil
  • 1 handful of dried cranberries
  • salt and pepper to taste

Remove mint leaves from stem and chop. Combine with chopped spinach.

Roughly chop pecans and put into bowl.

Make sure to only use a very ripe pear. Peel and slice into dice sized chunks.

Mix together red wine vinegar and olive oil for the dressing.

Add blue cheese crumbles and dried cranberries for a sweetness to counteract the bitter. Toss in dressing and serve cold. Bon appetite!