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Pear Salad – An Old-fashioned Southern Favorite

Pear Salad made with grated cheese and mayonnaise is an old-fashioned Southern favorite. Serve it as an appetizer or side dish to go with almost any meal.

Pear Salad on deviled egg platter

Let me just go ahead and say that if you aren’t from the South, you’ve probably never tasted this particular Southern delicacy before. Canned pears? Yuck. In any other circumstance, I wouldn’t eat them. But for this Pear Salad, canned pears have the perfect soft consistency that you need.

I suppose you could poach fresh pears, but that just sounds like way too much work to me!

Pear Salad pears on platter

When I was growing up, my mother made this Pear Salad all the time. The ingredients were always on hand and relatively inexpensive. She would serve this in the summertime if we had hamburgers on the grill, or at Easter with our baked ham, or any day in between when she needed a quick side.

Pear Salad with cheese on platter

I don’t serve this Pear Salad very often because all three of my children turn up their noses at mayonnaise, unless it’s hidden in my Pimento Cheese. But I do still love to make it every now and then because it’s one of those recipes that transports me back in time.

How to Make Pear Salad

This recipe is not really even a recipe. All you need are a couple of cans of pears, some freshly grated Cheddar cheese, and good quality mayonnaise—Duke’s for me, every time.

Pear Salad on plate

You can serve the pears on a platter lined with large lettuce leaves or in a deviled egg plate. And if you want to get fancy, a lot of folks add a maraschino cherry on top.

This is a great dish for a potluck dinner or a church picnic—when I was growing up, Pear Salad was always on the table at Family Dinner at our church or any occasion that required people to bring a dish. Someone always brought Pear Salad!

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Pear Salad on deviled egg platter

Pear Salad

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Pear Salad made with grated cheese and mayonnaise is an old-fashioned Southern favorite. Serve it as an appetizer or side dish to go with almost any meal. 

Ingredients

  • 3 cans Bartlett pears in water
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 12 maraschino cherries

Instructions

  1. Drain pears. Line platter with lettuce leaves or use a deviled egg platter and set pears out on dish.
  2. Drop a dollop of mayonnaise in the center of each pear, about a teaspoon or slightly more.
  3. Place a large pinch of grated cheese on top of the mayonnaise. Garnish with a maraschino cherry. Serve pears chilled. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 12 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Saturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 58mgProtein: 1g

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Saturday 29th of June 2019

I still love it because it reminds me of life with my parents and grandmother.

Charlaine

Wednesday 19th of June 2019

Love mayo, how can one not? It's a southern thing. My mothers take on this salad was a bit different. A canned pear half, a good dollop of small curd cottage cheese and a little dollop of mayo on top of that. Then a tiny pinch of paprika for color. I love the flavor of the cottage cheese and mayo together, a nice combination. Now I am going to try it your way with the cheddar and see how it goes. Then I may add the cottage cheese, mayo, And the cheddar. Rarely see this salad posted- so glad you did!!

Lucy

Wednesday 26th of June 2019

Your mother's version sounds unique! Thanks for following Southern Food and Fun! xoxo

kathy burke

Thursday 30th of August 2018

I like to add a maraschino cherry on top of the salad. And drizzle a little cherry juice on it.

Karen Johnston

Tuesday 28th of August 2018

I accidentally gave you the wrong address to get Receipies Thank you.

Deb Leonard

Sunday 13th of August 2017

My Mom made this when I was a kid and always put a maraschino cherry on top. I hadn't thought about this in years. I'll have to make it for myself.

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