Pear Salad {Granny's Recipe}

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Pear Salad,  a vintage recipe going way back.  Pears are filled with mayonnaise and freshly grated cheddar cheese, then topped with a cherry.

Pear Salad,  a vintage recipe going way back.  Pears are filled with mayonnaise and freshly grated cheddar cheese, then topped with a cherry.

This recipe is a childhood favorite of mine. My mother would always make Pear Salad with canned pear halves, as none the difference from fresh pears.

As a young girl growing up in the 60's, I remember you could only buy fresh pears in the fall. You could only buy fresh fruit seasonal. Not like it is today with so many fresh fruits available all year around.

Today, I use only fresh pears, with the Green d'Anjou variety as my favorite for this recipe. The flavor and texture reminds me so much of my mother's recipe. You have to know that even canned pears were pretty pricey back then and were a special treat when she would make this salad and serve it on a bed of iceberg lettuce.

I love the memories of my mother making these and her sacrifices she would make for us to have a wonderful meal at her dinner table.  

Pear Salad

    2-4 Ripe Green Anjou Pears (or 4-8 canned pear halves)
    juice of 2 limes
    4-8 tablespoons mayonnaise or miracle whip
    4-8 tablespoons cheddar cheese, shredded
    1 jar maraschino cherries, drained (optional)
If using fresh pears, peel, cut in half, and core pears, squeezing lime juice on each half a soon as they are peeled to prevent darken on the pears; set aside.  If using canned pears, drain pears.

Place each pear half, round side down, on serving platter.

Spoon 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise or miracle whip in the cavity of each pear half.

Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top of mayonnaise.

Place a maraschino cherry on top of shredded cheese.

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  1. What a sweet memory to share with us. You brought back my own memories of my grandmother's tiny cabinet under her sink where she stored all her canned goods, pears among them. Love seeing these family recipes. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. WOW this brought back some memories. My mom use to make this for us all the time when we had "fancy" dinners. I had forgotten about it until your post. Thank you for bringing back such great memories. I think I will make this to go with Easter Dinner.

  3. Katy ~ what a neat story of your grandmother....oh, those days were simple and sweet!

    Edna ~ I am glad you enjoyed my memories of days gone by....blessings, K

  4. Anonymous6/08/2011

    Really good post!

  5. Anonymous6/15/2011

    I like it very much!

  6. We love this classic Pear Salad, it is the best! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. I thought my mother was the only one that made this! Though she never added the cheddar cheese. Probably because she grew up in Alaska and cheese wasn't readily available.

  8. Oh my -My mother made this one a week when I was growing up and I wonderes where it came from. I believe my grandmother made it and my mom copied it. I found pear salad on a buffet one day last
    year in Georgia.. That is where my mother and
    grandmother were from. I never thought I would never see the recipe again. Brings back memories. I showed my 12 year old. He said grandmother loved pear salad.

    1. Thanks for stopping with your sweet memories. Welcome to CWK...come back soon!

  9. This salad almost makes me giddy. My mama made something similar. What a special and sweet reminder of the good ole days. So glad you shared with us at Weekend Potluck.


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