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Grilled Pear Salad with Sweet Honey Pear Vinaigrette

June 6, 2012
pear salad

Summer is definitely starting out with a bang at our house. Soccer camps and dance camps mixed with friends, visits to the pool and family coming to visit. It’s officially summer time and I am loving it!

Summer is my favorite season. I love being able to head outside anytime I want and not get blasted by freezing cold air and wind. I love that you can take a bike ride, go for a run or head out for a walk or swim. There are so many things to choose from!

Of course, summertime means salads. I think I have an addiction to salad during the summer. It’s quick, easy, delicious and doesn’t require turning on the stove or oven!

pear salad

This salad has the perfect combinations in it. A sweet pear honey vinaigrette with hazelnuts, dried cranberries, grilled pears and a helping of feta cheese. It is delicious! To make it a meal, you can add some cut up chicken breasts or grilled tofu brushed with some of the vinaigrette.

Mark it! Pin it! Do whatever you want, but make sure that this salad is on your list to try this summer!

Grilled Pear Salad with Sweet Honey Pear vinaigrette

2 cups spinach or mixed greens, rinsed and chopped

1 15oz can organic pear halves in pear juice (not in syrup)

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp honey

1 tsp pear juice

2 tsp vinaigrette (I used balsamic)

1/8 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted

1/8 cup dried cranberries

1 /8 cup feta cheese (optional)

in a salad bowl, place spinach or mixed greens. Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together the honey, pear juice, and vinigarette. Mix until well blended, then set aside.

Brush 3-4 pear halves with olive oil, then grill on medium turning the pears from front to back every minute until browned nicely. In a pan on the stove, add remaining oil and hazelnuts. Cook over medium heat until nuts brown. (You can also place the nuts on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven for several minutes until they brown).

To assemble salad: Place pear halves on the bed of lettuce, top with feta cheese, cranberries and hazelnuts. Drizzle with vinaigrette.

To make it a meal: Serve with cut up chicken breast, seitan, or grilled tofu.

Related Meals: 

Grilled Pear, Almond and Poppyseed Salad from Burnt Apple

Spiced Pear and Goat Cheese Salad from Yum Sugar

Pear, Quinoa and Spinach Salad from Laa Loosh

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