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Cranberry Pear Spinach Salad Recipe
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Cranberry Pear Spinach Salad Recipe

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A few moments are all you need to toss together this pretty salad and tangy classic dressing. It's a perfect way to round out holiday meals. —Anne Smithson, Cary, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 medium pears, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 189 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 28 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, 1/2 starch.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, cranberries and pears. In a blender, combine the vinegar, sugar, onion, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and paprika; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Add sesame seeds and poppy seeds. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with pecans. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry Spinach Salad in Light & Tasty December/January 2006, p55

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 189 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 28 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, 1/2 starch.

Reviews for Cranberry Pear Spinach Salad

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

Found the dressing too sweet. Second time around used balsamic dressing.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

Made this to go with Thanksgiving dinner and it was great. I had to substitute an apple for one of the pears because I had run out and it was still great. It is on the sweet side for a salad and I may try to adjust the dressing next time like shakinbake, and I will definitely adjust the amount of cranberries to 1/2 because I felt they were too overwhelming. Look forward to making this one again!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

We found this salad to be much too sweet. While the salad itself is 5 stars, with the dressing, it is a 3 star recipe. I made this twice, once following the recipe as written. Not only is the dressing sweet, but the pears and cranberries add sweetness. The second time I made this recipe, I reduced the 5T of sugar in the dressing to about 1T and reduced the cranberries to 1/2 cup.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

Really good! Definitely will make again!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

Fantastic!

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