Pear and Greens Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Bursting with sweet pears, tart cranberries and crunchy pecans, this 15-minute salad is topped off with a tasty maple dressing.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 15 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

Vinaigrette

1/4
cup real maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup
2
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2
teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1/4
cup canola or vegetable oil

Salad

1/3
cup pecan halves
8
cups torn mixed salad greens
3
medium pears, peeled, cut into wedges
1/3
cup sweetened dried cranberries

  • 1 In small bowl, mix all vinaigrette ingredients except oil with wire whisk. Beat in oil until blended.
  • 2 Place pecans in 1-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave on High 2 minutes to 2 minutes 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until browned.
  • 3 Divide salad greens among 6 serving plates. Arrange pear wedges on greens; sprinkle with pecans and cranberries. Drizzle vinaigrette over salads.

Expert Tips

This salad is also great topped with sliced leftover turkey.

If the pears you purchase are very firm, place them in a brown bag on your counter for a day or two to ripen them.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
240
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
130mg
130%;
Total Carbohydrate
26g
26%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
18g
18%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%;
Vitamin C
25%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.