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Spinach Pear Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette Recipe

Spinach Pear Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette Recipe

Tangy from balsamic and mellowed with chocolate, this light vinaigrette stays well-blended and also would be great over berries or watermelon. —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 ounce milk chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 large pear, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted


  • 1. In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Whisk in the vinegar, oil, honey, salt and pepper; set aside.
  • 2. Divide spinach among four salad plates. Top with pear, cranberries and almonds. Drizzle with dressing. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 215 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 185mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 fat.

Reviews for Spinach Pear Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette

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Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014

"Tasty for something different. We made it to go with a chocolate Fest dinner we enjoyed. Probably not a recipe for everyday but glad we tried it."

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"very good"

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

"This was so great. The dressing is very flavourful, so you don't need much. I will make this again."

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