Bursting with sweet pears, tart cranberries and crunchy pecans, this 15-minute green salad is topped with a tasty maple dressing – a perfect side dish.
cup real maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
teaspoon Dijon mustard
tablespoons canola or olive oil
cup pecan halves
cups torn mixed salad greens
medium pears, peeled, cut into wedges
cup sweetened dried cranberries
In small bowl, mix all vinaigrette ingredients except oil with wire whisk. Beat in oil until blended.
Place pecans in 1-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave on High 2 minutes to 2 minutes 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until browned.
Divide salad greens among 6 serving plates. Arrange pear wedges on greens; sprinkle with pecans and cranberries. Drizzle vinaigrette over salads.
The Quick Take:
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1 Serving
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- (Saturated Fat
- Trans Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- (Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Exchanges:0 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
This salad is also great topped with sliced leftover turkey.
If the pears you purchase are very firm, place them in a brown bag on your counter for a day or two to ripen them.
We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 09/19/2011. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.