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This Pear Salad is a delicious celebration of fall and the perfect side for your fall gathering or holiday table!

This Pear Salad is the perfect side for a fall gathering or the holiday table. Juicy ripe pears, arugula, spiced nuts, pomegranate seeds, dried currants and gorgonzola are all tossed in a flavorful Vanilla Fig Dressing to create the most delicious balance of flavors. 

Juicy ripe pears, spicy nutty arugula, spiced maple-glazed seeds and pecans, pomegranate seeds, dried currants and gorgonzola are all tossed in a flavorful Vanilla Fig Dressing to create the most delicious balance of flavors.

This time of year pears are such a refreshing treat. We especially love them in salads and this Pear Salad is one of our fall favorites- it’s flavorful, colorful, and elegant and the Vanilla Fig Dressing is sublime.

Wait until your pears are perfectly juicy and ripe and if you can get locally grown pears, even better!

ingredients in pear salad

Why this salad works:

  • The flavors and textures of this salad are so complimentary! Sweet juicy pears paired with peppery arugula,  creamy gorgonzola, maple glazed spiced nuts, and Vanilla Fig Dressing.  So very perfect!
  • This salad can be made ahead! Assemble it ahead, refrigerate, then add the dressing and toss it right before serving.
  • It’s beautiful! Perfect for fall gatherings.

Pear Salad Ingredients

  • Pears– perfectly ripe, red pears offer the best color here, but any flavorful ripe pear will work.
  • Arugula– we really love its peppery bite, but feel free to sub spinach or half spinach.
  • Spiced Nuts- pumpkin seeds and pecans are glazed with maple and spices
  • Pomegranate Seeds– add a bright tanginess and pop of color and flavor
  • Red onion
  • Gorgonzola Cheese
  • Dried Currants – or sub dried cranberries, or cherries
  • Vanilla Fig Dressing 

How to make Pear Salad

Toast the nuts

Step one

Toss nuts and seeds with maple syrup, spices and salt and bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Let cool.

Wish together the dressing

Step two

Make the Vanilla Fig Dressing, by whisking ingredients together in a bowl.

Step three

Gather remaining ingredients for the salad, and slice the pears.

gathering remains ingredients

Step four

Then begin assembling the salad and toss with the Vanilla Fig dressing- just enough to lightly coat.

assemble the pear salad

Feel free to top the salad with more spiced nuts, gorgonzola crumbles and pomegranate seeds.

This Pear Salad is the perfect side for a fall gathering or the holiday table. Juicy ripe pears, arugula, spiced nuts, pomegranate seeds, dried currants and gorgonzola are all tossed in a flavorful Vanilla Fig Dressing to create the most delicious balance of flavors. 

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This Pear Salad is the perfect side for a fall gathering or the holiday table. Juicy ripe pears, arugula, spiced nuts, pomegranate seeds, dried currants and gorgonzola are all tossed in a flavorful Vanilla Fig Dressing to create the most delicious balance of flavors. 

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall season.

Cheers 🥂

Sylvia

 

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This Pear Salad is the perfect side for a fall gathering or the holiday table. Juicy ripe pears, arugula, spiced nuts, pomegranate seeds, dried currants and gorgonzola are all tossed in a flavorful Vanilla Fig Dressing to create the most delicious balance of flavors. 

Pear Gorgonzola Salad with Fig Dressing


  • Author:
    Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home

  • Prep Time:
    20

  • Cook Time:
    15

  • Total Time:
    35 minutes

  • Yield:
    6

  • Category:
    salads, fall recipes

  • Method:
    Tossed

  • Cuisine:
    American

  • Diet:
    Vegetarian


Description

This Pear Salad is the perfect side for a fall gathering or the holiday table. Juicy ripe pears, arugula, spiced nuts, pomegranate seeds, dried currants and gorgonzola are all tossed in a flavorful Vanilla Fig Dressing to create the most delicious balance of flavors.


Spiced Nuts:

Vanilla Fig Dressing

 Pear Salad

  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 ripe pears- not overly ripe, sliced
  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/3 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried currants (or sub craisins or dried cherries)


Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F ( A toaster oven works here too)

Make the spiced Nuts: In a small bowl, toss the nuts/seeds with the maple syrup, enough to coat well, and mix in the salt and spices. Spread out on a parchment-lined sheet pan and bake 10-15 minutes, stirring halfway through. You want to get them toasted and golden. Remove from heat, and immediatly “fluff” with a fork. Let them cool completely. You can do this ahead- taking care not to eat them all before making the salad. You’ll need at least 1/2 cup for the salad.

Make the dressing: Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl

Make the salad: In a large bowl (not your serving bowl) toss arugula,  red onion, 1/2 cup spiced nuts, pomegranate seeds, currants and gorgonzola cheese lightly with the dressing until perfectly coated. Taste, season with salt and pepper if you like.

Then add the pears, carefully tossing so they don’t break.

Place the salad in the serving bowl and garnish with more spiced nuts, gorgonzola and pomegranate if you like.


Notes

If making ahead, get all the components ready beforehand, and toss right before serving.

You may only need 1/2 the nuts for the salad.

Keywords: pear salad recipe, pear arugula salad, pear gorgonzola salad, fall pear salad, fig dressing



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