Food Fashion and Flow: Pear Salad with Maple Vinaigrette   

Monday, November 19, 2012

Pear Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

This is one of my favorite salads and it is truly addictive and unbelievably tasty. This fresh blend of spring salad greens, arugula, candied walnuts and feta cheese is absolutely bursting with flavor. I toss the salad with vinaigrette and then stack it vertically on pear slices. This makes an amazing presentation and is perfect for Thanksgiving, although I love to eat this throughout the year. 
I have tried it with various vinaigrette's and it is a very versatile salad that pairswell with just about any vinaigrette. I experimented with maple and it marries well with the ingredients in this salad. The dressing adds a nice hint of sweetness, so if you prefer plain walnuts rather than candied ones, those work out great as well.

Start with fresh Arugula

Spring Salad Mix

Crisp Juicy Pears


Add a hint of Feta Cheese and voila!


4 Bosc or D'Anjou Pears 
1 package washed spring salad greens
1 cup fresh arugula
2/3 cup candied walnuts (the Trader Joe walnuts are pretty tasty)
2 ounces Feta Cheese 

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
1 tablespoon minced garlic


Whisk all Vinaigrette ingredients until well blended and emulsified. Toss with salad greens add walnuts and cheese and set aside. Wash and dry the pears. Slice the pear vertically into three slices. Be sure to slice a small piece from bottom piece so that it sits flat vertically. Spoon salad onto each piece and stack until fully assembled.

Almost to pretty to eat:-)

Bon Appetit!


Petite and Hungry said...

oh my god! looks so pretty and yummy!

Joyful said...

That is a beautiful looking salad and is making my taste buds salivate ;-)

Anonymous said...

This looks amazing! thanks so much for sharing :)


A Haute Mommy said...

How pretty! I love your presentations. It makes you want to eat everything you cook.

Lisa said...

Thank you for sharing's beautiful and looks delicious. I'm going to give it try.

Emmylou said...

So delicious-looking, LV. Love arugula!

Nikell said...

That looks so good!! It looks like it came out of a magazine. I'll have to try this out. Thanks for sharing. You always have the best recipes (^_^)

Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin said...

Love, love the photos, the recipe, and the healthy ingredients. What a perfect dish - I'll pin this one for sure :)

~Jeimy~ said...

wow love the pictures the presentation of this meal is amazing great pics

Fashion Pad said...

Gorgeous presentation. I immediately began salivating, LOL. Can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

Ooooooh my! That looks delicious!

The Church Cook said...

Love the simplicity and beautiful presentation! Great to connect with you, LV!

Anonymous said...

What a creative and delicious stacked salad!

Kerissa said...

Hey LV, how are you and the little guy? Happy Thanksgiving! Hope your all enjoyed. I just finished eating a salad but it wasn't as beautiful as this one but it was good :) I'll be sure to add pears to my next one.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

That's looks yummy!

Anna and Klaudia said...

delicious!! :)

kita said...

I would never eat this it's too pretty.

Unknown said...

This looks delicious trying to get the cooking game up! Following on bloglovin! xo

erica said...

Oh my! This looks so heavenly - I think I need it for dinner tonight! Yum!!! xx


That looks amazing. I definitely plan on trying this recipe for New Years! Looks so good!

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