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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: 2 fat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

Reviews for Spinach Pear Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette

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sgronholz User ID: 1473861 254294
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2016

"This recipe is amazing! I substituted our homegrown raspberries for the dried cranberries and romaine lettuce for the! Absolutely delicious and something I can't wait to make again!"

4giants User ID: 1397327 213119
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."

ahmom User ID: 3426126 151994
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"very good"

celestie4 User ID: 5199189 185025
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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