Classic Pear Salad recipe made with canned pears, mayonnaise, cheese, and topped with maraschino cherries. A crowd favorite recipe.
This pear salad recipe is always a favorite for Sunday suppers and holiday meals, especially Easter, Memorial Day, and throughout the summer. Still, it is delicious any time of the year.
This pear salad recipe isn’t the type of salad recipe that many expect. The only time you’ll find lettuce involved in this salad is if you decide to add a bed of large lettuce leaves to the platter to nestle your pear salad on. But this no-cook side dish recipe is always a favorite!
How to Make Classic Pear Salad Recipe
Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.
Made with just four ingredients, this easy recipe comes together quickly.
For this recipe, you’ll need canned pear halves, mayonnaise, cheese, and maraschino cherries.
Pears – Canned pear halves come in heavy and light syrup. Choose your favorite. Drain the pear halves well.
Mayonnaise – Use your favorite creamy mayonnaise. You’ll need about a teaspoon of mayonnaise per pear half.
Cheese – I love to use freshly shredded cheddar cheese for this recipe.
Cherries – I prefer to use maraschino cherries with the stems removed, but we all loved to play with the stems growing up!
Arrange pears and add mayonnaise. Drain the pears from their juices and place them onto a serving platter. Add a dollop of mayonnaise to the center of each pear.
Add cheese and cherries. Top the mayonnaise with shredded cheddar cheese and then with a cherry. Serve cold.
Make Ahead Instructions
To make ahead. Prepare the pear salad without adding the cherry to the top. Add the cherries right before serving.
Here’s the Southern Pear Salad Recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!
Pear Salad Recipe
- 1 (29-ounce) can pear halves, drained well
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- maraschino cherries
- Remove pear halves from can, taking care to drain away as much liquid from pears as possible. Place pears onto a serving platter.
- Top each pear half with about a teaspoon of mayonnaise, then add a little cheddar cheese to the top of the mayonnaise, and top each with a maraschino cherry.
- Serve cold.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.