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


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


  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

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jnjrok 239302
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."

sarahhaupt 215575
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?"

mkaskela 98433
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013

"Very good."

MinCarpThorn 184299
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!!!"

Derby5 123492
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

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

ratsrear 180651
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

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

Louise.Hooper 98431
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!"

getavilla 180650
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."

29marsha 163629
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"excellent! excellent! excellent!"

lbowitz 165774
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

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

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