Pear and Cranberry Salad

Pear and Cranberry Salad

Pear and Cranberry Salad

Bring a touch of elegance to the holidays and create a medley of robust flavors. A high quality balsamic vinegar is an indispensable pantry staple.

Prep Time 20 minutes


Makes 6 servings


1/2 cup canned whole berry cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
12 cups (9 ounces) packed assorted bitter or gourmet salad greens
6 small or 4 large pears (about 1-3/4 pounds)
2 ounces blue or Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
Black pepper


  1. Combine cranberry sauce, vinegar and oil in small bowl; mix well. (Dressing may be covered and refrigerated up to 2 days before serving.)
  2. Arrange greens on six serving plates. Cut pears lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices; cut core and seeds from each slice. Arrange pears attractively over greens. Drizzle cranberry dressing over pears and greens; sprinkle with cheese. Sprinkle with pepper to taste.

Cook's Notes

Be sure to use ripe pears. Forelles and Red Bartletts are particularly well suited for use in this salad.

Nutritional Information

Calories 161
Calories from Fat 29 %
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 7 mg
Carbohydrate 26 g
Fiber 2 g
Protein 4 g
Sodium 165 mg

Dietary Exchange

Fruit 2
Fat 1

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