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Taste-of-Fall Salad Recipe

Taste-of-Fall Salad Recipe

My parents stayed with me at a friend's beautiful ranch for the holidays and I made them this great salad. It turned into every night's first course. —Kristin Kossak, Bozeman, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 2/3 cup pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, divided
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 package (5 ounces) spring mix salad greens
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium pear, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a large heavy skillet, cook the pecans, 2 tablespoons vinegar, cayenne and cinnamon over medium heat until nuts are toasted, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Cook and stir for 2-4 minutes or until sugar is melted. Spread on foil to cool.
  • 2. Place salad greens in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, mustard, salt and remaining vinegar and sugar; drizzle over greens and toss to coat. Arrange the greens, pear slices and pecans on six salad plates. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 228 calories, 19g fat (3g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 135mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein

Reviews for Taste-of-Fall Salad

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Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"The pecans really made this salad...they were delicious! It's a good salad. I substituted an apple for the pear as that is what I had on hand and it was good. I look forward to trying it with pears next time."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"I love the sound of this salad and want to make it for Christmas Eve. However, at dinner there will someone with a tree nut allergy. Is there a non-tree nut (or even totally different ingredient) that I can add that will give similar taste/flavor of the pecans?"

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013

"Very good."

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"LOVED this salad!! So many textures and flavors, and the pears were a nice addition, something different. The cayenne pepper added to the pecans was not spicy at all...gave them a burst of flavor. For sure a keeper!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"Every time we serve this salad to our guests, they request the recipe. Great flavor and wonderful texture."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"This is a wonderful tasting that is asked for again and again!!"

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"Lovely recipe. I used maple syrup in the dressing in place of the sugar but other than that made as is. Got rave reviews when I took it to a celebration lunch. The birthday boy doesn't like fruit/veg but he ate this one!"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"I thought the salad dressing was very bland until midway through eating it, then I remembered I hadn't added all the ingredients. The final half was delicious."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"excellent! excellent! excellent!"

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"I substituted Honey Crisp apples for the pears as I won't eat pears. It was delicious; a definite "keeper"."

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"I have made this salad on several occassions.

Everytime I make it their is nothing left and I am asked for the recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"I loved this salad and have made it several times. I think I'm gonna make up a larger batch of the pecans to have them on hand. I used to think salad was boring but am discovering through TOH that there are so many wonderful flavors of salads out there! Thank you!"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"I truly love this recipe, and make it as often as I can. However, since the pecans turned out with such a strong balsamic vinegar flavor, I usually omit that part of the recipe. Instead, I add raw pecans or walnuts and it turns out just great. The salad dressing is just superb and I haven't changed a thing. Even those who usually dislike the flavor of balsamic vinegar greatly enjoy this salad."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"Delicious! Easy to make. I prepare the sauce and the pecans the previous day so it is a snap to arrange in plates when company has arrived. I served it twice to different groups and I received rave reviews. Everyone wants the recipe. I'll make it again for sure.

Bon appétit!

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"Delicious way to start off the Fall time. I served at a dinner party and it was a big hit!"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2009

"It was a great salad! I would give it 4 1/2 stars!"

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"Excellent salad. Delicious!"

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

"I made this yesterday. Very good! Family liked it a lot. I'll make this again."

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