Winter Pear Salad

Winter Pear Salad

Winter Pear Salad

With all the heavy holiday baking and eating, sometimes you’re just in the mood for a light salad.

When Francis and I went to our friends’ Bree and Brenden’s  home last week for dinner and game night, Francis insisted on making his famous ‘deep dish’ pizza. Although I absolutely adore his pizza and can’t get enough of it, it’s not exactly what one would call ‘healthy’ or ‘light’ by any means. Making this salad as a starter made me feel a little better about eating such a carb-heavy dinner that night and was very refreshing (and a night of guitar-hero helped too!)

It was a breeze to throw together and with the pears and dried cranberries had a great winter flavor.

Winter Pear Salad


For the salad

3-4 cups of of torn spinach
2 pears, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries
1/2 cup grape tomatoes

For the dressing

2 Tbsp water
1.5 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp EVOO
1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp black pepper


Combine dressing ingredients in a bowl with a whisk.

Place slices of a couple pears in a large bowl.
Spoon 1 Tbsp dressing over pears. Toss to coat.
Add the remaining dressing, spinach, dried cranbrries or cherries and grape tomatoes. Toss to coat.

Source: The Best of Cooking Light

Photograph Courtesy of Breeana Thiede


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