Pear Cranberry Salad Toss

We spent Thanksgiving with J’s side of the family in the Black Hills.  It was a bountiful feast with many traditional family recipes, favorite desserts and a variety of salads.  I was asked to bring a lettuce salad.  I saw the recipe for Apple Cranberry Salad Toss in my last Kraft food&family Magazine.  I thought it looked similar to the delicious Effortless Spinach Salad I tried last winter.

You know me, I had to make a few changes.  The biggest change I made was using pears instead of apples.  Honestly, I thought it sounded fun.


2 Hearts of Roman Lettuce, chopped

2 Pears, sliced

½ C Dried Cranberries

½ C Walnut Halves, sliced and toasted

2 Green onions, sliced

Toss lettuce, fruit, nuts and green onion together.

The original recipe calls for Raspberry Vinaigrette.  When J went on is errands run last week I sent him with a grocery list.  The store didn’t have Raspberry Vinaigrette and J came home empty-handed instead of guessing my second choice of a dressing.  To be honest, he didn’t call and tell me there was no Raspberry Vinaigrette he just didn’t get anything.  The more I think about this, the more I realize that he knows me well.

I found a recipe for a Lemon Vinaigrette in my recipe binder.  I had oranges that needed to be used up.  So, I improvised and made a vinaigrette with the oranges.

Orange Vinaigrette

Zest from one Orange

½ C Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

½ C White Wine Vinegar – maybe a little less

¼ C Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

1 Garlic Clove, minced

1 tsp Dried Basil – the recipe called for 2 tsp and I used 2 tsp.  It just didn’t look right to me and I think 1 tsp would still offer sufficient flavor.

1 tsp Sugar

½ tsp Black Pepper

Mix juice, vinegar, garlic, basil, sugar and black pepper in a food processor.  Blend well.

While blending stream in EVOO.

Dress salad lightly just before serving or let guests dress their own salad.

The pears made a delicious substitution.  Toasted walnuts added fragrance and offered a nice flavor balance with the dried cranberries.  The vinaigrette adjustment worked as well.


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3 Responses to Pear Cranberry Salad Toss

  1. Candy C. says:

    That looks and sounds delicious! I really like the pears instead of apples and good job improvising on the dressing! 🙂

  2. Kim says:

    Yum! That looks like my kind of salad.

  3. Buttons says:

    Oh that sounds good I like your version I could go for a big plate of that now, or chocolate:) Hug B

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