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Taste-of-Fall Salad Recipe
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Taste-of-Fall Salad Recipe

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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.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 228 calories, 19 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 135 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions

  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.
Originally published as Taste-of-Fall Salad in Taste of Home October/November 2009, p26

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 228 calories, 19 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 135 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013

Very good.

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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!!!

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