Pecan and Pear Salad

This is one of our favorite fall salads! Add chicken or turkey for a heartier salad. You can also substitute apples for the pears and toss in some dried cranberries for variety.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 471 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Large Bowl
  • Skillet

Ingredients
  

Pecan Salad Dressing

Maple Glazed Nuts

Salad Ingredients

  • 5 cups spinach
  • 5 cups romaine lettuce sliced
  • 4 pears sliced
  • 1 red onion sliced into rings
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbled

Instructions
 

Pecan Salad Dressing

  • Place ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Store covered in the fridge for up to a week.

Maple Glazed Nuts

  • Heat skillet to medium heat.
  • Add nuts, maple syrup, salt and Peace seasoning.
  • Stir constantly for 4 minutes.
  • Pour onto parchment paper to cool.

Salad Assembly

  • Toss spinach and romaine with half of the dressing.
  • Divide onto 6 plates, or spread greens on a platter.
  • Top greens with pear slices, red onion rings, maple glazed nuts and feta cheese.
  • Drizzle with remaining dressing and enjoy.

Notes

The dressing is best made a day or two in advance to give the flavors a chance to mingle.  
The nuts can be made in advance.  If they aren't as crispy as you'd like; place in a 200 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.  
Tossing the greens in half of the salad dressing, before drizzling with remaining amount really makes a difference in the flavor.  

Nutrition

Calories: 471kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 8gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 412mgPotassium: 594mgFiber: 8gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 5920IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 240mgIron: 2mg
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