Pear and Fennel Salad | Crispy sweet pears, crunchy fennel on a bed of greens, topped with your favourite cheese and nuts.

Crispy Pear and Fennel Salad with Feta Cheese, Toasted Walnuts and Mint

Crispy pears and fennel top a bed of baby greens with feta cheese crumbles and toasted pecans or walnuts. A simple salad that everyone loves! 
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Canadian, Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 342kcal
Author Flavour & Savour


  • 2 ripe D’Anjou or Bosc pears or other winter pears, sliced about 1/8 inch thick
  • 1 medium fennel bulb sliced very thinly
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 cups baby salad greens
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans toasted
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled (or goat cheese or blue cheese)
  • mint leaves for garnish


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


  • Thinly slice fennel into a small bowl, using a sharp knife or a mandolin. To tenderize it a little, drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil, the lemon juice, and sprinkle with some salt. Toss and set aside.
  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  • In a larger bowl, toss together the pears, baby salad greens, fennel, and most of the cheese and walnuts with the dressing.
  • Assemble on a platter and top with the remaining cheese and walnuts.
  • Garnish with mint leaves and serve.


You'll probably have more dressing that what you will need. Save it for another salad. It's delicious.


Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 1.5mg