Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pear Harvest Salad

We Delshad's are big salad fans! We eat salad with or for at least 1 meal a day. Fresh greens with a light vinaigrette most commonly grace our plates, but we also love incorporating seasonal fruits. The following salad is one of our current favorites. I think it would also be a tasty and festive addition to holiday meals.

In the "recipe" below, I did not include measurements so you can as little or as much of the accouterments as you like. By adding leftover roasted chicken or turkey breast, you can turn this salad into a very satisfying meal (without the meat this dish is vegan).

Pear Harvest Salad
Ripe Pears (our favorite variety is Comice), thinly sliced
Dried Cranberries or Cherries
Candied Pecans (recipe below)
Salad Greens - use whatever you like best, I used a mixture of spinach and bibb lettuce
Maple Dijon Dressing (recipe below)

Divide greens equally among bowls or salad plates, top with pears, cranberries, and nuts. Drizzle with dressing.

Maple Dijon Dressing
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
Pinch Sea Salt
Pinch Dried Thyme

Place all the ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid, cover and shake well. Alternatively, whisk the ingredients together.

Candied Pecans
1/2 Cup Diced Pecans
3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
Pinch Cayenne Pepper

Heat a dry non-stick skillet over medium heat, add the pecans. Let them toast, stirring occasionally until they are fragrant. Combine the maple syrup and the spices, drizzle over the nuts, toss to coat evenly, let cook another 1-2 minutes, until the nuts look caramelized. Remove from heat and let cool.

I hope you and your loved ones have a very Happy Turkey Day!

As usual, I've also included this post as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays , Making Monday Marvelous, Just Something I Whipped Up, My Meatless Mondays, Just Another Meatless Monday, Slightly Induglent Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays , Tuesdays at the Table, Real Food Wednesdays, Friday Foodie, Family Food Fridays, and Friday Favorites. Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!

I've also linked this recipe to one more really fantastic recipe sharing event - a Gluten Free Holiday. This event was organized by Amy at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, it will take place every Thursday in November and December, with different themes each week, and different bloggers hosting each week. This week's theme is Holiday Side Dishes and it is being hosted by Diane of The Whole Gang.


  1. I'm making a similar salad for Thanksgiving and had yet to decide on a dressing. Yours may be the one! Thanks for sharing.

  2. This sounds so fantastic! I love pears. Any excuse to try a new pear recipe makes me happy. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I absolutely love this combination. I love it so much, we are highlighting it at My Meatless Mondays. I am happy, you linked it up.

  4. Oh... fresh greens with pear would be sooo good. Then throw on some candied pecans. Heaven. I'll take a large plate please!

    Thanks for sharing this yummy salad with Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays.

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

  5. What a wonderful looking salad! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites last week!

  6. Came back to let you know that I'm featuring you this week. Come by and grab my featured button if you'd like one.

  7. Thank you for sharing this on a Gluten Free Holiday.

  8. Thank you all for stopping by, we hope you are having a very happy holiday season. Things have been a bit hectic for us lately - so finding time to respond to comments has been tricky :)! As always we hope you like the recipe - we are enjoying it pretty often these days!