I discovered Ya Li pears (aka Yali pears) a few years ago and I always look forward to their season. I purchased some fresh arugula from the Huntington Beach Farmers Market and made a salad combining it with the pears. Ya Li pears are exremely sweet and juicy, much like the round, flatter and slightly brown skinned Asian pears. What I like about these pears is that I don’t feel I have to peel its delicate and thin skin. Pear and blue cheese are a great combination and the arugula adds a nice peppery contrast.
The arugula I bought tasted quite agressive as it is not as young and tender as I would have liked to use for a raw salad so slightly wilting it in a hot pan with oil (for about 30 seconds) helped to take the edge off of. Any good blue cheese will do. However, I am partial to the one made by Maytag. Add some toasted pecans or walnuts for extra oomph.