grandma’s cottage pear salad

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This is one of my go-to, easy recipes to go with casseroles, meat loaf, quiche, and other comfort foods. The contrast of the cold, sweet pears and the creamy cottage cheese make this a wonderful accompaniment to almost any hot dish, and I think they look so cheerful on the plate. Yum!

to serve approximately 10 people (2 stuffed pear halves each)

1/2 head chopped iceberg or romaine lettuce

2 ( 29 oz.) cans pear halves in syrup or juice, drained well

1 cup cottage cheese

1/4 cup real mayonnaise

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Wash, blot, and chop lettuce. Place a bed of it on a large, pretty serving platter.

Drain pear halves. Arrange over the lettuce so the cut sides are up.

Gently mix the cottage cheese and mayonnaise together in a bowl until well combined. Scoop a little of this mixture on to each pear half. Top each with some of the shredded cheddar cheese.

Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours prior to serving.



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  4 comments for “grandma’s cottage pear salad

  1. Honey
    January 16, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I put mine on whole lettuce leaves ~ topped it with another pear half ~ added a blush to the top Pearce/red food coloring ~ that was back in the early ’60’sc

    • Melissa
      January 16, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      I’ve seen it with Maraschino cherries too 🙂 Lots of different versions.

  2. BJ Simon
    January 16, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    That is a Minnesota thing. I grew up eating that salad with pears or peaches. BJ

    • Melissa
      January 16, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Well, that makes sense. I grew up in MN too… and I’m still living here 😉

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