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Harvest Pear Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette Dressing

This Harvest Pear Salad is light and fresh, with all the flavors of fall! With pumpkin spiced pecans, cranberries, and pears, it is a favorite fall dish.

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Refrigerate1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pear Salad, Salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 330kcal
Author: Echo Blickenstaff


For pumpkin spiced pecans

For dressing


For the salad:

  • Layer all ingredients and toss with Cranberry Vinaigrette Dressing starting with a small amount and then adding more to taste.

For the pumpkin spiced pecans:

  • Mix sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl until blended well.
  • Add sugar mixture and pecans to a small skillet and heat on medium until sugar is melted - stirring constantly. Be careful not to burn the sugar.
  • As soon as sugar is melted onto the pecans, pour pecans onto aluminum foil to cool.

For the dressing:

  • Combine cranberries, orange juice, and sugar in a medium sized sauce pan.
  • Cook on medium high heat, stirring constantly, until all the cranberries pop. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Pour cranberry mixture into a blender and add olive oil, vinegar, and salt.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • The dressing will be thick and creamy. If you prefer a thinner dressing, add small amounts of water (1 Tbsp at a time) until desired consistency is reached.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg