This rocket and pear salad is made with peppery rocket (also known as arugula), sliced sweet pears, toasted walnuts, sharp blue cheese and a delicious honey vinaigrette. The pepper flavor of the arugula pairs so well with the nuttiness of the walnuts and the sweetness of the pear.

There’s nothing quite like a delicious salad to go with you main dishes for dinner. It doesn’t take much to spruce up the lettuce in your fridge. Another one of my favorite salads is my pomegranate salad recipe that has apple slices, pomegranate seeds and candied pecans. Adding fruit slices and toasted or candied nuts is a great way to elevate your salad recipes!

Rocket and Pear Salad on a white and black striped tablecloth.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Depth of flavor. I love this recipe because the rocket, pears and toasted walnuts really shine. Each of the ingredients add a new type of flavor to the salad, making the flavor much more complex and delicious!
  • Simple salad dressing helps ingredients shine. This delicious, mild salad dressing is perfect for this rocket pear walnut salad! Since there are a lot of different ingredients in the salad, having a salad dressing that is mild and complements the ingredients is important so you aren’t completely masking those delicious elements with a super strong vinaigrette.
  • Can use a few different cheeses to your liking. I’ve used blue cheese, but gorgonzola, feta or goat cheese would all be really delicious with this salad too!

Ingredient Notes

Rocket and Pear Salad ingredients in a glass bowl on a white background.
  • Rocket: This is called arugula in the United States and Canada. The word “rocket” comes from “rucola” which is the Italian word for arugula. Rocket is the American word created in reference to rucola.
  • Cheese: I used blue cheese, but gorgonzola, feta or goat cheese would also be really yummy!
  • Walnuts: You could swap out pecans for the walnuts if there is a walnut allergy or if you prefer pecans.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Make the salad dressing.
  2. Toast the walnuts in a dry frying pan on medium low heat for 1-2 minutes. 
Rocket and Pear Salad dressing in a glass jar on a white background.
  1. Add the rocket, pear, walnuts to a large bowl. Pour the salad dressing overtop. Crumble the cheese overtop. Serve. (Note: you won’t need all of the dressing).
Salad dressing being poured over a Rocket and Pear Salad in a large bowl.

Serve as a side salad (will serve 4) or serve as the main dish (will serve 2).

Rocket and Pear Salad on a white background with walnuts scattered around the bowl.

Recipe Tips

Substitutions: You can substitute apples for the pears, pecans for the walnuts and gorgonzola, feta or goat cheese for the blue cheese.

Only dress the salad you are going to eat.

Storing and Freezing

Store any salad leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 24 hours. Store the salad and the dressing separately. The salad will keep better if stored without the dressing and pears — as this will make the arugula go soft. I’d leave the nuts off too or else those could lose their crunch.

I do not recommend freezing the salad. The only element of this recipe that you could freeze would be the salad dressing. However, salad dressing keeps very well in the fridge. Store the salad dressing in a bottle or container with a lid in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.

You can make the salad dressing ahead of time for this salad. Anything else would be best to prepare day of.

FAQs

What is rocket lettuce?

Rocket is also known as arugula. It gets its name from the word rucola in Italian (which means arugula). It’s a peppery tasting leafy green.

What can I use in place of arugula?

You can substitute baby spinach for the arugula. I do love the arugula with these salad toppings, though! However, if you prefer spinach, that’s the best replacement. Note: because of the peppery flavor of the arugula (peppery, not spicy!) the overall taste of the salad will be different if you use spinach.

Is rocket healthy to eat?

Rocket, or arugula, is high in vitamin C, A, K and is high in iron.

A Rocket and Pear Salad in a large bowl with pears and walnuts to the side.

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Rocket and Pear Salad in a large bowl with a small bowl of walnuts on the side.
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5 from 5 votes

Rocket and Pear Salad

Peppery rocket (arugula) is paired with crumbled blue cheese, sweet pears, toasted walnuts, and a simple vinaigrette.
Prep Time: 8 mins
Assembly Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
 

Salad

  • 6 cups baby rocket - (arugula)
  • 1 ripe pear - cored, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup walnuts - toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese - crumbled, or gorgonzola

Dressing

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Toast walnuts by tossing in a dry frying pan for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Add the rocket, pear, walnuts to a large bowl. Pour dressing overtop. Crumble the blue cheese overtop. Serve. (Note: you won’t need all of the dressing).

Dressing

  • In a small bowl whisk the cider vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  

Notes

Rocket is peppery. (Also known as arugula).
Substitutions: You can substitute apples for the pears, pecans for the walnuts and gorgonzola, feta or goat cheese for the blue cheese.
Only dress what you’ll eat, as this salad doesn’t store well once dressing is poured overtop. (Store salad and dressing separate).
Make ahead: You can make the salad dressing ahead of time. The dressing will keep in the fridge for 3-4 weeks. 
Makes 2 servings or 4 side salad servings. 

Nutrition

Calories: 338kcal (17%)Carbohydrates: 13g (4%)Protein: 8g (16%)Fat: 30g (46%)Saturated Fat: 6g (30%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 12gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 13mg (4%)Sodium: 536mg (22%)Potassium: 268mg (8%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 10g (11%)Vitamin A: 846IU (17%)Vitamin C: 5mg (6%)Calcium: 161mg (16%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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