Elegant Cranberry Pear Salad Recipe
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Elegant Cranberry Pear Salad Recipe

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This salad recipe, with its combination of fresh ingredients and crunchy walnuts, is quick to make and yet looks very elegant. —Irene Fenlason, East Helena, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:13 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 13 servings


  • 9 cups torn red leaf lettuce
  • 1 medium pear, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 155 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 84mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large serving bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine dressing ingredients; shake well. Just before serving, shake dressing and pour over salad; toss to coat. Yield: 13 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry Pear Salad in Simple & Delicious January/February 2009, p43

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cwbuff2 User ID: 5946195 216588
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"Very elegant salad indeed, and no easy to do too! You don't even have to toast the walnuts if you don't have time. This has gone into my "Favorites" file."

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 161231
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2011

"Loved, loved, loved this salad. I could not stop eating it. Kept going back for more. These ingredients are a great combination. Even if you think you won't like it, I bet you will. Can't wait to make it again!"

Ginger & Spice User ID: 5119745 99103
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2010

"This salad was gobbled up by both groups it was served to. We used a fork to mash the blue cheese into small "crumbles" instead of just breaking it up. Everyone loved it and no one said I don't like blue cheese! One person wanted the whole salad bowl as her serving. Sharing it with family & friends."

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