Layered Salad with Pear, Cranberry, Feta and Walnuts

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"This is just a pretty and easy salad to make. Great to serve at a party in a glass bowl so you can see the layers and colors; but also a great family salad as well. It is easy to make and quick to put together. If you can, use a mix of 2-3 pears; and for the cheese, you can substitute Feta for Goat cheese if you want. The cranberry vinaigrette is really good with this salad; and brings all the flavors together. Also, try adding leftover chicken or turkey as one layer, and make this a "main dinner salad.""

Original recipe yields 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (435.6 g)
  • Calories 497.6
  • Total Fat - 28.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 17.4 mg
  • Sodium - 317.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 52.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 8.8 g
  • Sugars - 40 g
  • Protein - 14.7 g
  • Calcium - 338.9 mg
  • Iron - 2.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 15.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Vinaigrette ... Add all the ingredients to a small bowl or tupperware container is what I love. Just shake and refrigerate. But mix well and set to the side. Better if made a couple of hours in advance.

Step 2

Pears ... After dicing the pears, squeeze the lemon juice over them so they don't brown.

Step 3

Salad Layers ... Layer 1: romaine, Layer 2: 1/2 of the pears and apricots, Layer 3: a couple of tablespoons of the dressing, Layer 4: cheese: Layer 5: half of the walnuts, Layer 6: spinach, Layer 7, the remaining pears and apricots, Layer 8: another couple spoons of dressing, Layer 9: the remaining cheese, Layer 10: the remaining walnuts.

Step 4

Serve ... The remaining dressing can be served on the side for anyone who wants a bit more. For Christmas, I make these in small individual bowls or glasses. Pretty presentation and easy to prepare.

Step 5

The secret to this is to pick the right size bowl so you can see the layers; but also so the bowl isn't so big you can't really see the layers. ENJOY!

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Love this salad! I used the goat cheese because it is so creamy and delicious with the crunchiness of all the other ingredients. I loved the dressing and it is so pretty that it really dresses up your plate. This is a great salad for Thanksgiving too, and it will be on my table this year!

review by:
(8 Nov 2018)

Baking Babe Bev

Delicious salad!

review by:
(30 Apr 2018)


Salad with pear? Had to try it and see for myself, and what I tasted was a mix of flavors in my mouth that screamed MORE! I will be having this at least once a week with my dinners. My husband and I are crazy about it! Oh yes, and I candied the walnuts and mixed in some slivered almonds too.

review by:
(18 Apr 2014)


A lovely salad that is really delicious!

review by:
(5 Oct 2013)


This was extremely delicious with your grilled salmon. I am really liking your recipes KC and plan to try more. Your recipes inspire me to cook more and I love the way you write your directions!

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(1 Sep 2013)


So pretty and what a delicious salad it was!

review by:
(27 Jun 2013)