Autumn Pear Salad

Pear Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

This flavorful Pear Salad will easily become a favorite fall recipe! It's layered with tender spring greens, sweet juicy pears, crunchy candied walnuts, salty rich parmesan and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette. A highlight of any meal!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pear Recipes, Pear Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 370 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp finely diced shallot
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salad

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
  • 7 oz Spring Salad & Spinach blend
  • 2 oz parmesan cheese, shaved
  • 2 Pears, sliced thin (Bartlett or Anjou are great)
  • 1/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries

Instructions

  1. To a blender add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, diced shallot and season with salt and pepper to taste (I used a 1/4 +1/8 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper). 
  2. Blend mixture until well emulsified, about 20 seconds. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to serve.
  3. In a medium skillet melt butter along with brown sugar over medium heat. Once mixture has melted add walnuts and cook, stirring constantly until caramelized, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate in a single layer to cool.
  4. Layer lettuce and pears in a large bowl and toss with dressing, then top with parmesan, dried cranberries and candied walnuts and serve (alternately just layer all the salad ingredients then drizzle with dressing. Note: top this salad with dressing just before serving as it will wilt the lettuces after a while).