July 04, 2012
Salads, Vegetable Salad, Nuts/Seeds,
Fruit, Apricot, Vegetables, Lettuce , North American, Easy/Beginner Cooking, No-Cook, Quick Meals, Brunch, Christmas, Entertaining, Fall/Autumn, Father's Day, Ladies Luncheon, Mother's Day, Potluck, Romantic Dinner, Summer, Sunday Dinner, Winter, Weeknight Meals, Refrigerator, Gluten-Free, Heart Healthy, Low Calorie, Low Carbohydrate, Low Cholesterol, Low Fat, Low Sodium, No Eggs, Vegetarian more
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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.""
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.
Pears ... After dicing the pears, squeeze the lemon juice over them so they don't brown.
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.
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.
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!
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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!
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.
A lovely salad that is really delicious!
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!
So pretty and what a delicious salad it was!