This walnut blue cheese salad is a simple yet tasty salad that is enjoyable enough to eat on its own. It’s a great healthy quick lunch too.
Pears are often served with a walnut blue cheese salad but as they are not low carb friendly we have omitted them. If you are not counting your carbs, feel free to add a few slices of pear to this tasty salad.
Although this is such a simple salad I was in two minds whether to publish this as it’s just too easy to make. I have been eating this walnut blue cheese salad a lot whilst the Chief Taster is away as it’s easy to make and not a lot of washing up was involved. I have found it great when I am hungry, want something full of flavour but don’t want to spend ages in the kitchen on a meal for one.
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CARBS IN WALNUTS
Not all nuts are low in carbohydrates but walnuts are suitable for a low carb diet with a 1oz (28g) serving being 2.1g net carbs.
Walnuts are a nutritional powerhouse being high in calcium, potassium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids.
When you are looking for a quick tasty salad fix, throw lettuce, blue cheese and walnuts in a bowl! Voila!
- Salad leaves - we use a mix of baby salad leaves with baby spinach. Arugula would be a great lettuce to use.
- Olive oil - Avocado oil can be used too.
- Walnuts - Toasted gives them extra flavor. Pecans make a great substitute too.
- Lime Juice - Lemon juice can be substituted.
- Blue cheese - many varieties of blue cheese can be used.
TYPES OF BLUE CHEESE
There are many types of blue cheese with the flavors ranging from mild to strong. A few suggestions for this salad are:
- Roquefort - A salty ripe cheese from France
- Stilton - A creamy cheese that comes in white and blue varieties from England and pairs well with walnuts.
- Gorgonzola - A soft creamy blue cheese from Italy.
- Danish Blue - A strong blue cheese with a firm texture from Denmark.
- Saint Agur - A soft creamy cheese with a strong blue cheese flavor from France.
- Cambazola - A milder blue cheese with the appearance of a Brie cheese from Germany.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST WALNUT BLUE CHEESE SALAD
Whisk the salad dressing
Place the salad leaves on a plate
Scatter the walnuts and blue cheese. Drizzle the dressing over the salad.
Serve and eat!
WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS BLUE CHEESE SALAD
As enjoyable on it's own for a light light, serve this salad with a mini spinach feta quiche or roasted chicken.
MORE LOW CARB SALAD RECIPES
If you are looking for a simple low carb salad, you may enjoy these other recipes:
This recipe was posted in April 2018. The photographs and content have been updated but the recipe remains the same.
Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad
- 1 ½ Cups Lettuce any variety
- ½ cup baby spinach
- ½ cup Blue cheese crumbled
- ½ cup Walnuts, chopped or halved toasted
- 2 Tablespoons Olive oil (or other dressing oil)
- 1 Teaspoon Lime juice
- ¼ Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- ¼ Teaspoon Black pepper
- Mix all the dressing ingredients together
- In a bowl place the lettuce
- Scatter over the walnuts and blue cheese
- Pour the dressing over the salad and lightly toss.
- Eat and enjoy
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.