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Southern Pear Salad

One evening I said “Do y’all remember the pear salad we used to have at school?”, and of course everyone did. We kind of giggled, then I said “But I liked it”, and it turns out so did everyone else. I remember my grandmother making pear salad and I wanted nothing to do with it. Being in school though, everyone else was eating it, so I tried it. I’ve liked it ever since. I don’t know if they still serve this in schools and you don’t see this classic served often anymore. It is one of the easiest things to make. If you’ve never had it, you have to try it. I made it and served prior to tonight’s supper and I’ll be serving this old fashioned classic at Easter this year.
Ingredients:
  • 1 16 oz can of pear halves, drained
  • Lettuce Leaves
  • Shredded Cheddar
  • Mayonnaise, preferably Dukes
  • Maraschino Cherries (optional)
Lay out a lettuce leaf and place pear half on top. Add about 1 tsp to the top of each pear and sprinkle on cheddar cheese over the mayonnaise. I’ve seen recipes where people will top it with a cherry, but I don’t care for the cherry. Its so fresh and delicious. I haven’t tried this yet but I bet it might even be good with a dollop of pimento cheese if you wanted to use that instead of the mayonnaise and cheese.

 

Southern Pear Salad

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Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz can of pear halves, drained
  • Lettuce Leaves
  • Shredded Cheddar
  • Mayonnaise, preferably Dukes
  • Maraschino Cherries (optional)

Instructions

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Lay out a lettuce leaf and place pear half on top. Add about 1 tsp to the top of each pear and sprinkle on cheddar cheese over the mayonnaise. I've seen recipes where people will top it with a cherry, but I don't care for the cherry. Its so fresh and delicious. I haven't tried this yet but I bet it might even be good with a dollop of pimento cheese if you wanted to use that instead of the mayonnaise and cheese.

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Randi Lynn McNeill
    October 21, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Ours had cottage cheese in the little indent in center of pear, then the Mayo and cheese.
    Still love it to this day!

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    Randi Lynn McNeill
    October 21, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Ours had cottage cheese in the little indent in center of pear, then the Mayo and cheese.
    Still love it to this day!

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      Julia's Simply Southern
      October 21, 2016 at 11:29 am

      I love cottage cheese so I know I would love that too! Thanks for stopping by Randi Lynn!!

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    Pam G
    July 22, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    My Aunt Lena used to make this salad all summer long, this is one of my favorites, thanks for bringing it back. Pam

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      Julia
      July 22, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Pam! I hope you get to enjoy this classic again soon.

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    ChristinaC
    July 31, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    My mom made this for us all the time growing up. I loved it so much.

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      Julia
      August 2, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      It's always been a favorite of mine!

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    Susan the Farm Quilter
    February 21, 2018 at 12:35 am

    Just popping over from Southern Plate – thank you for this recipe! I had it for the first time when I was visiting a friend in Texas…definitely NEVER served at school in Nevada!! I loved it but wasn’t sure what she put on it…now that I know, I’ll be serving it often!

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      Julia Jordan
      February 21, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the pear salad πŸ™‚

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife
    February 22, 2018 at 9:47 am

    I had a reader looking for this recipe! Just sent them your link!

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