Salad with Roasted Pears, Walnuts And A Warm Cider Vinaigrette

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"A very nice Fall salad. The roasted pears and the onions add a nice sweetness and the tangy dressing is perfect. Make the dressing ahead of time and just reheat in the microwave; and also toast up the walnuts ahead to save some time. Now, I happened to use romaine in the picture I posted, but I normally use a mix of spinach and romaine or baby greens, but I used what I had."

Original is 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (541.2 g)
  • Calories 826.9
  • Total Fat - 65.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 124.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 61.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 12.2 g
  • Sugars - 32.4 g
  • Protein - 8.9 g
  • Calcium - 264 mg
  • Iron - 6.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 49.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Walnuts ... Toast the nuts in a dry saute pan on medium heat. They only take a couple of minutes to lightly toast. Then cool and store in a ziplock bag or small bowl until ready to use.

Step 2

Dressing ... Add everything to a small bowl except the olive oil and whisk well. Slowly add the olive oil and continue to whisk until creamy. Refrigerate until ready to use. You can easily reheat in the microwave in just 10-20 seconds.

Step 3

Roasted Pears and Onions ... Toss the pears and onions with the melted butter, salt and pepper until well combined. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Step 4

Bake ... Oven at 400 degrees, middle shelf for 15-20 minutes. You want the onions and the pears, tender. They may cook differently, so keep an eye on them. You don't want to over cook them.

Step 5

Plate and Serve ... Add the onion to the lettuce mix in a small bowl along with 2 teaspoons of the dressing warmed up. Toss well and plate. Add the pear slices and walnuts to the top of the salad and drizzle with more dressing. You may have a little extra dressing leftover. Just cover it and It will keep for 4-5 days in the refrigerator; and is a wonderful dressing over any greens. Add dried cranberries or dried apricots for a nice addition to the salad. ENJOY!


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