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Roasted Pear Salad Recipe

Roasted Pear Salad Recipe

Oven-roasted pears take the ho-hum out of this green salad created by our Test Kitchen staff. They tossed together a good-for-you medley of mellow pear slices, crispy greens, nuts and dried cranberries. The creamy dressing carries yet more pear flavor sweetened with just a touch of honey.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 medium pears, halved and cored
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 package (10 ounces) mixed baby salad greens
  • 1 cup watercress sprigs
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, toss pears with 1 teaspoon oil. Place in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Turn pears over; bake 5-7 minutes longer or until golden and tender.
  • 2. When cool enough to handle, peel pears. Thinly slice two pear halves lengthwise and set aside. Place remaining pear halves in a blender. Add the vinegar, water, honey, salt and white pepper; cover and process until smooth. While processing, gradually add the remaining oil in a steady stream.
  • 3. In a large bowl, toss the salad greens, watercress, hazelnuts and cranberries. Arrange reserved pear slices on top; drizzle with dressing. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 174 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 178 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 3 g protein.