Remember those candied nuts I made earlier this week? They are a wonderful addition to this Pear Salad with Candied Pecans. This salad is a perfect fall salad, use fresh spinach you may still have growing in your garden.
Pear Salad with Candied Pecans
1 head of spinach or about 10 oz of fresh salad greens
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1-2 pears, thinly sliced
½ cup blue cheese, crumbled
½ cup candied pecans or walnuts (see Tuesday’s blog for the recipe!)
1 avocado, cubed (optional)
¼ cup dried cranberries (optional)
¼ cup maple syrup
⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
⅓ cup mayonnaise
¾ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp ground pepper
Be creative when you are setting up your salad plates. Layer the greens, onion, pears, blue cheese and, pecans.
Add sliced avocado or dried cranberries as desired. Blend the dressing ingredients together in a blender. Pour over the salad just before serving. Enjoy!
Salads don’t have to be hard. Often I just don’t want to mix up a salad. However when you have fresh greens on hand, lettuce or spinach, just place a few greens on a plate, top with some fresh fruit and nuts and in a matter of minutes you have a delicious salad to enjoy with your dinner or lunch.