The chives offer a mild onion flavor to this unconventional salad. Include the herb's blossoms for visual appeal.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden brown, tossing once during baking, 8 to 10 minutes.
In a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar and oil; season with salt and pepper. Add in kale, cheese, chives, walnuts, and pear. Toss to combine.
Look for baby Russian kale for this salad. It's much more tender and flavorful than the other varieties.