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Cranberry Pear Spinach Salad

A few moments are all you need to toss together this pretty salad and tangy classic dressing. It's a perfect way to round out holiday meals. —Anne Smithson, Cary, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 8 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 medium pears, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted


  • In a large bowl, combine the spinach, cranberries and pears. In a blender, combine the vinegar, sugar, onion, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and paprika; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Add sesame seeds and poppy seeds. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with pecans.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 189 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 28mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, 1/2 starch.

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  • Michelle
    Dec 22, 2018

    I love making my own salad dressing and this one is a winner! It's so yummy and goes perfectly with this type of salad. I did double the recipe to make a nice amount, but I did not double the sugar. It's pretty sweet with the amount a single recipe calls for -- I just didn't think 10 tablespoons for a double recipe was necessary.

  • KarenJI
    Jan 20, 2015

    Great recipe. I took it to a friends house for a dinner party and everyone loved it. I will say though that a little more dressing would have been nice, so next time I make it I will double it and the have some leftover, which will be alright with me.

  • christyan17
    Sep 28, 2014

    This was delicious!! I made it with apples instead of pears and put feta cheese on top. I also used the Kale, etc. Power Mix from Costco. The entire family went crazy for it!

  • Prhale
    Jan 9, 2014

    Found the dressing too sweet. Second time around used balsamic dressing.

  • shecooksalot
    Dec 3, 2013

    Made this to go with Thanksgiving dinner and it was great. I had to substitute an apple for one of the pears because I had run out and it was still great. It is on the sweet side for a salad and I may try to adjust the dressing next time like shakinbake, and I will definitely adjust the amount of cranberries to 1/2 because I felt they were too overwhelming. Look forward to making this one again!

  • el.fidler
    Dec 26, 2012

    We found this salad to be much too sweet. While the salad itself is 5 stars, with the dressing, it is a 3 star recipe. I made this twice, once following the recipe as written. Not only is the dressing sweet, but the pears and cranberries add sweetness. The second time I made this recipe, I reduced the 5T of sugar in the dressing to about 1T and reduced the cranberries to 1/2 cup.

  • rdwill1988
    Dec 25, 2012

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  • caroline.morse
    Dec 17, 2012

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  • 37pine
    Jan 10, 2012

    Really good! Definitely will make again!

  • Lonipop
    Mar 2, 2011

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