Autumn Salad Recipe -
Autumn Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Autumn Salad

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"Elegant and different salad full of carrots, pecans, pears, and raisins. Great any time of year!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, combine carrots, pecans, raisins and enough French dressing to moisten. Mix lightly and chill.
  2. Drain pears, reserving 2 tablespoons syrup. In a small bowl, combine reserved syrup, dates and softened cream cheese and mix until well blended.
  3. Fill each pear half with cream cheese mixture. Spoon the carrot mixture onto 6 salad plates covered with lettuce leaves and place one pear half on each plate.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 13, 2003

This is a very smooth and elegant palate pleaser, indeed. I made two slight changes: chopped walnuts and golden raisins. The date and cream cheese mixture with the pear halves is a combination that will leave your taste buds screaming for more. Definitely a five star recipe that I'll be making time and time again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 18, 2008

I so wanted to like this recipe; the presentation was beautiful and I liked the pears and cream cheese filling. However, the French dressing did not compliment the other flavors. I'll try it again with Litehouse sesame ginger or a poppy seed dressing. The Litehouse dressing is excellent, if you haven't tried it.


11 Ratings

Nov 13, 2003

Prepared this for a dinner party last night and it received RAVE reviews. I used red leaf lettuce for GREAT eye appeal and I used 1/2 of the amount of French Dressing called for and substituted real mayonnaise for the other half ... helps to cut the "tangy" taste of the French dressing. Thanks, Allana for sharing!

Nov 10, 2003

THIS WAS A TOTAL HIT at my lunch bunch group. Tasty, and easy to make, I willmake it a lot more often, especially for company!!

Nov 09, 2005

This was absolutely delicious! The only thing I changed was using walnuts as opposed to pecans because that's what I had in stock. I used red leaf lettuce and a little bit of fresh spinach; all around it had a lovely presentation. (I served this with Creamy Curried Pumpkin Soup and Irish Soda Bread, also found on this site.) I was intrigued by the idea of the pear and cream cheese mixture as the predominant dressing agent in the salad: it was delectable. The hubby also liked it, although my roommate (who's favorite food is Kraft macaroni and cheese) thought there was "too much going on with it." To me that was final proof that although the salad was simple to make, it comes off as beaufifully complex and a delight to multiple senses.

Mar 07, 2004

A Pretty, great tasting salad. I will be saving this recipe to make again. We thought it would be good with Bbq chicken or steak. The name brand 15oz can of pears we used had 4 pear halves and 2 sm. pieces. For 6 servings you may want to buy a larger can of pears. Thanks for the great recipe Allana!

Nov 13, 2003

This was very good. I ommited the dates though.

Nov 11, 2009

This salad was delicious and a big hit with my friends. We especially liked the pear/creme cheese part. As one friend said, "Pears with creme cheese? How can you go wrong!" However, I agree with the other reviewer who said that there may be too much going on so next time I think I will make just one part or the other - just the salad w/ carrot mixture, or just the pears with filling. Most of my guests took it apart and ate it this way anyways. I used craisins instead of raisins, and would recommend trying it that way.


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  • Calories
  • 300 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.4 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 16.5 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 4.6 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 3.3 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 202 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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