Switching it up a little today. While still in full fledged Fall mode, I needed some greens after all that pumpkin grilled cheese 🤣. Lighten up your menu this weekend with a little autumn harvest pear salad!
Honestly this salad is a bit of a riff off another seasonal favorite of mine, the chopped brussel sprout kale salad, complete with grapes and pecans...same as this one. So why mess with a good thing? Just add on and make it even better!
A couple switcheroos and substitutions:
First off, we can't have an autumn harvest pear salad without pears! Necessary.
Secondly, since this salad has quite a few more ingredients than the original chopped version, I substituted that pomegranate dressing with a simpler apple cider vinaigrette.
Thirdly, no kale. I just used one of those power greens mixes because I happened to have wayyyyy too much in the fridge. But feel free to add kale, romaine, whatevs!
Forth, I used pecans instead of walnuts because they're just SO good with pears.
Finally, MORE THINGS! I added pomegranate seeds, pepitas, fresh parsley and thyme, and herbed goat cheese (also pears but already talked about that) along with the grapes and brussels sprouts from before.
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Light and easy, 15 minute, Fall inspired pear salad tossed in a homemade apple cider vinaigrette. Vegetarian and gluten free!
For the Salad
- 2 medium pears, diced
- 10-15 brussel sprouts, halved lengthwise
- 1 cup grapes, halved
- 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup roasted and salted pepitas
- 2 ounces herbed goat cheese
- 4 cups salad greens (I used a power greens mix)
For the Vinaigrette
- 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/8 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Shred/slice halved brussels sprouts until you get a fine shred.
- Whisk all ingredients for the dressing together in a small bowl until combined.
- Mix together ingredients for the salad together in a large bowl. Drizzle with dressing over all ingredients and toss to coat. Top with a little fresh ground black pepper. Serve immediately.