Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Harvest Pear Salad

This is my new favorite salad.  It showcases all the wonderful flavors and colors of fall and winter.  We always have a special family dinner on Christmas Eve and this year I served this salad.  It is sweet and tangy and has such interesting texture.  Its easy enough to make everyday, but special enough for holidays and company.  It can also be a main dish by adding the chicken or turkey.

Harvest Pear Salad
Serves 8-10


2 pkgs. Spring mix salad greens
4 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey, optional
2 medium pears, peeled and cut into chunks
1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced


6 Tbs. cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbs. honey
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper


1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola or shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds

Place all the salad ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.  In a small bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk until blended.  Drizzle the dressing over the salad, sprinkle with salad toppings and serve immediately.

Source:  My friend Lacey W.

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