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Fall Harvest Salad

Tender lettuce and ripe pears are fantastic with the tangy vinaigrette. You'll want to sneak a couple of the sugared pecans when you assemble the salad! —Taste of Home Cooking School
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • VINAIGRETTE:
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • SALAD:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 medium pears, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups torn leaf lettuce

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the vinegar, oil, chives, sugar, salt and cayenne; whisk in cream until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat; stir in pecans and sugar. Cook and stir until pecans are toasted and coated with sugar. Remove pecans to paper towels to drain and cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pear slices, lettuce, pecans and 1/3 cup vinaigrette and toss to coat.
Cinnamon Crouton Variation: In a nonstick skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add 3 cups cubed cinnamon swirl bread; stir to coat. Cook and stir 5-7 minutes or until bread is toasted. Transfer croutons to a bowl; set aside. Prepare recipe as directed above and toss pears, lettuce, pecans and vinaigrette with croutons.

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  • lauramarielawson
    Dec 10, 2014

    This is my new favorite salad!

  • scrapo
    Nov 2, 2012

    Yum! Def. use the cinnamon crouton variation. I think next time I may even add a pinch of cinnamon to the pecans. Also added a handful of dried cranberries and some fresh parmesan cheese.

  • scrapo
    Nov 2, 2012

    Yum! Def. use the cinnamon crouton variation. I think next time I may even add a pinch of cinnamon to the pecans. Also added a handful of dried cranberries and some fresh parmesan cheese.

  • germanycook
    Apr 16, 2012

    I agree, awesome salad! I didn't add as much cream, probably only 1/4 cup but it needed it otherwise it would've been too tangy for my taste. When I served it, the platter was empty except for 2 leaves of lettuce by the time I got it.... obviously a hit!

  • oklahomachess
    Jan 16, 2012

    AWESOME Salad!...skip the 1/2 and 1/2 in the dressing...healthier...and it doesn't need it.

  • ConnieLeAir
    Jan 9, 2012

    Cinnamon croutons?????

  • krrmary
    Dec 29, 2011

    The cinnamon croutons are a must!!

  • lengelfam
    Nov 19, 2011

    I just love new ideas for salad. Adding sliced grilled chicken makes this a fantastic entree salad. Yum.

  • HighMaintenance
    Nov 19, 2011

    My bad--looks like one person has reviewed it. Excuse the question/comment!

  • HighMaintenance
    Nov 19, 2011

    How can a recipe have "5-Star" status that says 100% would make again--when not a single soul has reviewed it??!!!