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Pecan-Pear Green Salad

 Pecan-Pear Green Salad
This lovely salad adds a special touch to any meal. The juicy pear slices, toasted pecans and mixed greens are coated in tangy vinaigrette dressing that's a pleasant complement to a sweet and crunchy combination. -Katie Nicklas Ridgway, Pennsylvania
2 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.


  • 1 large ripe red pear, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups mixed salad greens
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pepper to taste


  • In a large skillet, saute pear in 1 tablespoon butter until lightly
  • browned, about 7 minutes. In a small skillet, saute pecans in
  • remaining butter until lightly browned, about 5 minutes; sprinkle
  • with 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  • Divide salad greens between two salad plates; arrange pears over
  • greens. Sprinkle with pecans. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar,
  • oil, pepper and remaining salt. Drizzle over salad. Yield: 2
  • servings.