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Pear Balsamic Salad

An incredibly delicious, yet really easy salad recipe. It's absolutely loaded with healthy goodies such as crunchy candied pecans, sweet pears, creamy cheese, and dried blueberries. The result is a super fresh, semi-sweet salad with layers of flavor and texture.

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HOW TO MAKE CANDIED PECANS

Make your own candied pecans in just 5 minutes and with four ingredients. These are delicious and quick to make. Perfect for snacks or on a salad.


Just simply mix 1 and 1/2 tablespoons packed brown sugar, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of water, 1/8 of vanilla extract, and 1/8 teaspoon salt and set this aside.


In a medium-large saucepan over medium heat, toast 1 cup of pecans for about 2-3 minutes. When you begin to smell a lovely nutty aroma pour the sugar mixture on top of the pecans. Stir constantly for about 15 seconds, until the pecans are thoroughly coated.


Spread the pecans on a piece of parchment to cool. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container.


Pear Balsamic Salad

An Incredibly flavorful, quick, and easy pear balsamic salad with dried blueberries and easy candied pecan is perfect for family dinner or any day. A sweet and savory plant-based side or entrée.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 5 ounce mixed gourmet spring salad
  • 1 cup candied pecans (or candied walnut)
  • 1 pear (cored and chopped)
  • 2/3 cup dried blueberries
  • 4 ounce grumble goat cheese ( or feta cheese)

Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Place greens in a large serving bowl.
  • Sprinkle pears, pecans, blueberries, and cheese over top of greens.
  • For the dressing, whisk together balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, mustard, and salt until emulsified.
  • Dress salad just before serving.

Notes

Candied pecans: I definitely recommend using candied pecans but if you don't like pecans you can substitute them with candied walnuts. 
Pears: Firmer pears work best for this recipe. D'Anjou is my top choice, but you can sub in your favorite variety, or whatever looks most wonderfully flavorful and juicy at your market.
Make-ahead tips: The dressing can be made a day or two in advance and kept, covered, in the refrigerator. If you're planning on making your own candied pecans those can also be made in advance too.

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