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Cranberry pear salad in a white bowl

Cranberry Pear Salad with Fresh Pear Vinaigrette

Cranberry pear salad with fresh pear vinaigrette is made with crisp romaine, juicy pears, tart cranberries and salty feta — all tossed in a homemade pear dressing!
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Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 1 cup peeled and cored fresh pear diced (about 1 large pear)
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the salad:

  • 6 ounces Romaine lettuce (or two hearts of Romaine cleaned and chopped)
  • 1 large ripe Bartlett pear cored and sliced into 1" pieces
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped or slivered almonds toasted*

Instructions 

Prepare the dressing:

  • Place the pear chunks, vinegar, dijon, lemon juice, and maple syrup in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  • With the machine running, add the olive oil in a steady stream through the feed chute until emulsified. Add the salt and pepper, to taste and mix once more.

Prepare the salad:

  • Place the romaine, sliced pear, dried cranberries, feta and toasted almonds on a serving platter.
  • Add the desired amount of dressing and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

  • Total time above does not reflect the time to toast the almonds. To toast them, place them on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until fragrant. You can save time by purchasing pre-toasted slivered almonds at Trader Joe's!
  • Dressing can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 1 week.  Note that it will discolor over time.
  • Nutrition information includes all of the dressing, though you will not need it all.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 220kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 164mg, Potassium: 191mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 2533IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 94mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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