Peppered Pear Celebration Salad Recipe

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With sweet fruit, a tart dressing and crunchy pistachios, every forkful of this beautiful salad is like a celebration for your taste buds! Assemble it in advance and drizzle with the vinaigrette just before serving.—Veronica Callaghan, Glastonbury, Connecticut
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups cubed day-old French bread
  • 5 cups torn mixed salad greens
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 2 medium pears, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon seedless raspberry preserves
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 162 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 234mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Place bread on a baking sheet; bake at 350° for 5-8 minutes or until toasted, stirring once. Cool. Place in a salad bowl. Top with greens, onion, cheese, grapes, pistachios and cherries.
  2. Place pears in a small bowl; sprinkle with pepper and toss to coat. Add pears to salad.
  3. Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients; drizzle over salad and gently toss to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Peppered Pear Celebration Salad in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p136

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