The sweet taste of pears is complemented by the sharp, rich taste of blue cheese. Choose a variety of blue cheese that crumbles easily, such as Roquefort or Stilton.
Mesclun, also called salad mix, is a mixture of young salad leaves. The petals of edible flowers such as nasturtiums are sometimes included. Mesclun is sold loose or in packets from greengrocers and supermarkets. It's an easy, quick option when making a salad.
The darker the greens, the more nutritious the salad. Watercress and rocket, for instance, contain more beta carotene and vitamin C than the pale leaves of iceberg and butterhead lettuces.