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


  • 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: 189 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 28mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 0 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, 2 fat.


  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

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KarenJI 218430
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"Great recipe. I took it to a friends house for a dinner party and everyone loved it. I will say though that a little more dressing would have been nice, so next time I make it I will double it and the have some leftover, which will be alright with me."

christyan17 91044
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2014

"This was delicious!! I made it with apples instead of pears and put feta cheese on top. I also used the Kale, etc. Power Mix from Costco. The entire family went crazy for it!"

Prhale 139896
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

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

shecooksalot 140007
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 140006
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."

37pine 58376
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"Really good! Definitely will make again!"

sewhere 151522
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010


MY REVIEW 145536
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010

"This recipe was a huge hit at a Barbecue. I had doubled the recipe and it was gone within a 1/2 hour! Everybody loved it including kids'. It is healthy and delicious! In fact I'm making it again for a SuperBowl Party! I toss the dressing in right before serving."

tkmaples 146325
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2009

"A big hit with family and easy prep make this a salad I will definitely do again!"

towanda7 145535
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2009

"We LOVE this recipe!! I heated the dressing before tossing it in and we gobbled it all up. Keep these recipes coming!!!

Patty Smith Elkhart, IN"

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