Arugula Pear Salad with Tahini Dressing

Topped with blue cheese and chopped walnuts, this four-ingredient arugula pear salad drizzled with tahini dressing is so quick to throw together, yet the combination of sweet and salty flavors and crunchy and soft textures proves that simple can be phenomenal.

  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 pears, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 (4-5 oz) bag arugula
  • 2 tablespoons blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

For the Tahini dressing:

  • 1/3 cup tahini sesame paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Salt to taste
  • Water to thin (3-6 tablespoons)
  • Freshly chopped parsley (optional)


  1. Prepare and place pear, arugula, blue cheese and walnuts in a large bowl.
  2. Make the tahini dressing. In a medium mixing bowl, add tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Whisk to combine. Then slowly add water a little at a time, continue whisking until creamy and pourable. Depending on how thick your tahini is, you might need more or less water.
  3. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lemon juice or salt.
  4. Pour 1/4 cup tahini dressing into the salad bowl and toss. Enjoy!


The tahini dressing recipe yields about ¾  cup. Store the leftover dressing in the refrigerator for up to five days (sometimes even longer). This dressing is fantastic on things like kale salad, lentil salad, healthy quinoa bowl, or pasta.


Keywords: pear salad