Balsamic pear salad


Try using Co-op’s crunchy seasonal British apples instead of pears to change things up.



  • 2 rashers Co-op British smoked rindless streaky bacon
  • 15g walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp Co-op olive oil
  • 2 Co-op British pears, peeled, cored and sliced into wedges
  • 2 tsp Co-op clear honey
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Co-op British little gem lettuce, leaves torn
  • ½ yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 4cm cucumber, halved and sliced
  • 40g Co-op Irresistible Stilton
  • Co-op Irresistible sourdough (optional)


  1. Cut the bacon into small pieces and dry fry in a large pan until crisp. Set aside, then wipe out the pan.
  2. Add the walnuts and cook for 2-3 mins, tossing until lightly toasted, then set aside.
  3. Heat the oil, add the pears and gently fry for 5 mins, turning often, until lightly browned on all sides.
  4. Add the honey, balsamic vinegar and mustard, stir to coat, and cook for 2 more mins.
  5. Arrange the lettuce leaves on a serving platter along with the pepper and cucumber, then add the pears.
  6. Crumble the Stilton over the salad, then scatter the bacon and walnuts on top and drizzle over any leftover pan juices.
  7. Serve with a few slices of the sourdough bread, if using.