Fresh Pear and Cherry Salad with Vanilla Pear Vinaigrette Recipe -
Fresh Pear and Cherry Salad with Vanilla Pear Vinaigrette Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Fresh Pear and Cherry Salad with Vanilla Pear Vinaigrette

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"A mix of juicy pears, sweetened nuts, dried cherries, and feta cheese makes this is a show-stopping sweet salad! The taste and colors will impress! You may add more of the pear syrup to the dressing to make it thinner, or increase the amount of yogurt for creamier results."

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    20 mins


  1. Combine sugar, cinnamon and walnuts in a skillet over medium heat. Mix together until sugar and cinnamon are melted and walnuts are evenly coated. Remove from heat. Spread walnuts on a large plate to cool.
  2. In the container of a blender, combine the drained pears, 1/3 cup of the reserved syrup from the can, vinegar, yogurt, honey, salt, pepper, vanilla extract, and nutmeg; blend until smooth.
  3. Assemble the salad by tossing together the mixed greens, spinach, pear slices, dried cherries, feta cheese, and walnuts in a serving bowl. Serve with dressing on the side.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 27, 2008

Decrease salt to a pinch, 1/8 tsp, and a little less vinegar! It makes all the difference in the world, and you have a sweet pear puree to drizzle over your greens and fruit! Perfect!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 05, 2007

I did not care for this recipe. Making the nuts the way it says, when the sugar hardens, the pan and utinsels used are coated with an extremly hard sugar. I did not care for the dressing. I threw it out and made something different.


13 Ratings

Feb 26, 2008

salad with fruit and feta was great. candied walnuts were perfect. the dressing was awful!!! replace it with something else and you have a great salad.

Jul 10, 2007

YUMMY! This salad is light and refreshing. My husband loved it, especially with the surgared walnuts on it. It is sweet but oh so good. Thanks

Dec 15, 2007

What a great find. Fixed this for a friends birthday it was a huge hit. Even the dressing which I wasn't sure about. Thanks for sharing

Jul 27, 2011

I like the overall concept of this salad, it makes me think of a salad you could find at any chain sandwich/bakery shop. I am NOT too horribly crazy about the dressing flavour, I scaled the salt back to 1/4 tsp and the white wine vinegar to 2 Tbsp, and that wasn't the issue I had. I didn't like the flavour the honey gave. I think that if I make the vinaigrette again that I'll use Lyles Golden syrup. Over all this is a nice refreshing change of pace!

Aug 16, 2010

Interesting combination but tasted good. Nice change of pace from a true vinagrette dressing> thanks for sharing!

Nov 11, 2012

I used cranberries instead of cherries, gorgonzola instead of feta, added small cubes of green apple for more people. I also baked the walnuts for eight minutes in the oven first to roast, and cooked sugar mixure in pan mixed later, layed them on wax paper


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  • Calories
  • 989 kcal
  • 49%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 126.5 g
  • 41%
  • Cholesterol
  • 39 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 49.1 g
  • 76%
  • Fiber
  • 15.4 g
  • 62%
  • Protein
  • 21.5 g
  • 43%
  • Sodium
  • 1279 mg
  • 51%

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

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