Cinnamon Roasted Pears over Arugula with Blue Cheese and Balsamic Glaze ~ www.ElephantEats.com

The other day I was reading one of the blogs I follow, Bake Your Day, and she had posted a recipe and reviewed a new butter-flavored olive oil product. I commented on the post saying how good it sounded, and the makers of the oil, Star Fine Foods, was kind enough to reach out to me and send me some samples!!!

Cinnamon Roasted Pears over Arugula with Blue Cheese and Balsamic Glaze ~ www.ElephantEats.com

They not only sent me that flavored olive oil (which I can’t wait to try), but also 2 different flavors of one of their other new products: flavored balsamic glaze!!

I decided to use the glaze on an autumn update of my favorite summer salad. All summer long I ate watermelon cubes over arugula, with feta or blue cheese, basil, and a balsamic glaze. At the time I used Trader Joe’s brand balsamic glaze because it was the only brand I had ever seen. Well, when I saw that Star Fine foods sent me an Apple Balsamic Glaze I was SOOO excited! I knew it would be a perfect way to transition my summer salad to fall.

Cinnamon Roasted Pears over Arugula with Blue Cheese and Balsamic Glaze ~ www.ElephantEats.com

I decided to go with pears for the fall fruit portion of the salad….but not just any pears- cinammon roasted ones! In the summer I love the cold, juicy watermelon, but on a cold day these warm pears are just perfect. They slightly wilt the arugula and soften the blue cheese crumbled on top. The Apple-flavored Creamy Balsamic Glaze added the absolute perfect sweet/tart flavor to go with the juicy pears and bitter arugula. 

I see myself eating this all the time this autumn and it might just be my new favorite salad! I hope it will become yours too :)

Cinnamon Roasted Pears over Arugula with Blue Cheese and Balsamic Glaze ~ www.ElephantEats.com

**I was given these products free of charge, but all opinions are my own. I would never post about a product I didn’t love and plan to use again.

Arugula Salad with Roasted Cinnamon Pears, Blue Cheese and Apple Balsamic Glaze
Serves 4
Warm cinammon roasted pears over a bed of arugula with blue cheese and an apple balsamic glaze
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pears (I used Bartlett because I think they're the juiciest), not overly soft, cut into quarters and cored
  2. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  3. 4 cups arugula
  4. 1/4-1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles (depending on how much cheese you like)
  5. 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  6. 1-2 Tbsp Creamy Apple Balsamic Glaze (or any balsamic glaze if you can't find this one)
  7. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Spray a foil lined baking sheet with cooking spray. Place pears on sheet, cut side up. Spray pears with cooking spray or drizzle with some olive oil
  3. Sprinkle pears with cinnamon, salt and pepper.
  4. While pears cook, divide arugula onto 4 plates.
  5. Bake pears for 30 min. Remove from oven and immediately place 2 quarters each over arugula on each plate. Drizzle with blue cheese, oilve oil, and balsamic glaze. Salt and pepper to taste.
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57 Comments

  1. What a gorgeous Fall salad, Amy!!! Love the cinnamon roasted pears :)

    • Thanks, Ashley! The cinnamon roasted pears were so so good, and so easy! I think I’ll make them again just to eat on their own or maybe with yogurt for breakfast :)

  2. Amy this is such a perfect fall salad- I love the combination of ingredients you used! I have never seen an apple balsamic glaze before, sounds amazing!

  3. I love that you roasted the pear — and agreed, the cinnamon adds immensely ;-) — those glazes do sound lovely and how fun that you get to try a few of them out! This is a great fall salad with very pretty styling too Amy; love the pear napkin and the watermark (great font).

    • Thanks, Kelly! The roasted pear was really yummy…i wish I had made more of them. The pear napkin was one of the things on my wedding registry!! :)

  4. What a great fall salad! I love the cinnamon roasted pears, and it sounds perfect with an apple balsamic glaze. And I personally think blue cheese and pears are best friends. :)

  5. This looks so perfect for fall. The glaze sounds lovely!

    • Thanks, Megan. i’m currently addicted to balsamic glazes. I love them because you get a huge amount of flavor in a little bit…and they’re thick so your salad isn’t drowning in vinegar.

  6. Awesome! I hope you’ll share how you use the other balsamic glazes too. They sound super yummy

  7. Simple and perfect!!! Roasted pears are amazing. As is blue cheese. Never understood why people don’t like it!!

    • I don’t understand people who don’t like blue cheese either. I think maybe it’s the idea of it…when i think about what it actually is, it grosses me out a little too, hehe. Thanks, Davida!

  8. If I made these cinnamon roasted pears, I’m not sure they would make it to a salad! ;)

    • I SO wanted to eat some by themselves but didn’t make enough! I’m going to roast up another batch just for eating plain, or on yogurt or ice cream :)

  9. That balsamic glaze sounds magnificent! Pears and blue cheese are one of my very favorite flavor combos.

  10. I absolutely love these glazes…and especially in this salad!

  11. What a fantastic salad!!! I love all the fall flavors over arugula…yum!!!

  12. How lovely! I adore pears, and I wish I had a few at my house now. I’m sure roasting them brings out so much flavor. And you can’t go wrong with that balsamic glaze. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Amy, this sounds amazing! I love blue cheese, pear and arugula together. This is delicious! :)

  14. Yum Yum!!!! This is juts such a lovely salad!!!! Those cinnamon pears !!! ^_^ Whoaa!!! Looks amazing!!!!! :)

  15. This is the sort of salad I’d put my fancy pants on for.

  16. Wow, I can imagine the delicious roasted pear on my plate

  17. Hi Amy – I love arugula…I’ve never had roasted pears but it sounds terrific. It’s a great salad!

  18. Lovely fall salad you’ve made. It looks really tasty!

  19. APPLE BALSAMIC GLAZE!?!? That sounds like magic. Seriously. I have a bottle of regular balsamic glaze that I love to put on anything I can! Your salad looks delicious, Amy! Thanks for sharing <3

    • It IS MAGIC! Regular balsamic glaze is tasty too, though. This one was the color of like sour apple jolly ranchers, which I totally wasn’t expecting. Thanks, Natalie :)

  20. I love a rocket, blue cheese and pear salad. It’s one of my most favourite salads as the flavours work together so well. I would love to try this with an apple balsamic glaze – sounds wonderful xx

  21. this is one of those salads that i can’t make just one of: like i’ll make it 8 times in a week and just kee having it for meals. possibly for breakfast. i mean, it’s fruit. and perfection. so i’m good.

  22. I received some of that olive oil as well and it is kind of fabulous. I’m sure the glazes are just as good! Way to transition your summer salad into fall! It sounds totally craveable.

  23. Cinnamon roasted pears + blue cheese + arugula??? This sounds too amazing to be true, I love it! And that olive oil looks amazing as well, I wish I could try it, but sadly we cannot get it where I live :'(
    Lovely salad though x

  24. We were gifted a bottle of butter-flavored olive oil last year. I can’t say I use it frequently, but when I do, it makes a KABLAMMO-POW-SCREEEEEEEEE! sort of appearance in the meal. There is no mistaking it. It was especially yummy in mac n cheese.

  25. These are pretty tasty roasted pears and of course, love the arugula with a bit of apple balsamic glaze! What a lovely salad for the fall season! Is the dressing vegan? I tried to look the product up on their website, but only saw their nutritional info!

  26. Yum this salad sounds delicious! I love arugula.

    • Thanks, Emily! Arugula is totally my go-to lettuce for salads. I particularly like it because it’s prewashed :) Although I found a bug in mine the other day…

  27. Divine fall salad, Amy!! I love the roasted pears with spices and that apple balsamic glaze — yum!

  28. I love the flavours in this salad and that glaze sounds great too.

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