Cranberry-Pear Tossed Salad Recipe
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Cranberry-Pear Tossed Salad Recipe

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Kris Hernandez of Oneida, Wisconsin often treats dinner guests to this colorful and fruity salad. Pears, dried cranberries and mixed greens are combined with sugarcoated walnuts and blue cheese, then drizzle with a sweep apricot-flavored dressing that's sure to tantalize the taste buds.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/3 cup apricot nectar
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 12 cups torn mixed salad greens
  • 3 medium ripe pears, sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 161 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 184 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 vegetable 1/2 starch


  1. For dressing, in a large bowl, whisk together the first six ingredients; set aside. In a heavy small skillet, melt sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add walnuts; stir to coat. Remove from the heat.
  2. In a large salad bowl, combine the greens, pears and cranberries. Drizzle with dressing. Sprinkle with nuts and blue cheese; toss to coat. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry-Pear Tossed Salad in Light & Tasty April/May 2001, p42

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Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"Question: Do pears turn brown after being cut in much the same as apple turn brown?

This looks like a good salad. Can it be made ahead?"

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2014

"I have made this a multiple of times for formal dinners as well as BBQ's. It's always a huge hit. Highly recommend!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"This salad was a hit at my house. We loved the addition of the pears even though we use pears that are not ripe as we prefer them that way. The dressing is refreshing and adds the perfect tartness."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2009

"I made this for Christmas Eve dinner and it was quite nice! Something different, impressive, tasty and not time-consuming to make. Good recipe."

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