Pear, Green Beans, Blue Cheese and Walnuts with Green Peppercorn Dressing

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    as a starter
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By Christine McFadden

Published 2008

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Green peppercorns add a subtle spicy aromatic note with a gentle piquant aftertaste. This is a perfect salad to make in autumn using new season ‘wet’ walnuts.


  • green beans (preferably slim French ones) 125 g/ oz
  • pear 1, plus


Top and tail the beans and place in a steamer basket set over boiling water. Steam until only just tender – about 5 minutes. Tip onto a board and chop into 4cm/1½in pieces. Leave to cool.

Now make the dressing. Quarter and core the pear, saving one quarter to add to the salad. Peel and roughly chop the rest. Put in a blender or small food processor with the lemon juice, olive oil, crush