Pear and Green Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Bursting with sweet pears, tart cranberries and crunchy pecans, this 15-minute green salad is topped with a tasty maple dressing – a perfect side dish. 6 servings (1⅓ cups each) Nutrition Information: 1 Serving (1 Serving)Calories 210(Calories from Fat 70),Total Fat 8g(Saturated Fat 1/2g,Trans Fat 0g),Cholesterol 0mg;Sodium 135mg;Total Carbohydrate 32g(Dietary Fiber 5g,Sugars 23g),Protein 2g Expert Tips This salad is also great topped with sliced leftover turkey. If the pears you purchase are very firm, place them in a brown bag on your counter for a day or two to ripen them.

Pear and Green Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Photo by Sheila O.

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  • Vinaigrette

  • ¼

    cup real maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup

  • 2

    tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • ½

    teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • ¼

    teaspoon salt

  • ¼

    teaspoon pepper

  • 2

    tablespoons canola or olive oil

  • Salad

  • cup pecan halves

  • 8

    cups torn mixed salad greens

  • 3

    medium pears, peeled, cut into wedges

  • cup sweetened dried cranberries


Step 1 In small bowl, mix all vinaigrette ingredients except oil with wire whisk. Beat in oil until blended. Step 2 Place pecans in 1-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave on High 2 minutes to 2 minutes 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until browned. Step 3 Divide salad greens among 6 serving plates. Arrange pear wedges on greens; sprinkle with pecans and cranberries. Drizzle vinaigrette over salads.


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