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Cranberry Pear Spinach Salad Recipe

Cranberry Pear Spinach Salad Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional 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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KarenJI User ID: 5901477 218430
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4120478 91044
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7420793 139896
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

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

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 140007
Reviewed 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!"

[email protected] User ID: 5492670 140006
Reviewed 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."

37pine User ID: 2511557 58376
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"Really good! Definitely will make again!"

sewhere User ID: 4681769 151522
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010


[email protected] User ID: 1862139 145536
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010

"This recipe was a huge hit at a Barbecue. I had doubled the recipe and it was gone within a 1/2 hour! Everybody loved it including kids'. It is healthy and delicious! In fact I'm making it again for a SuperBowl Party! I toss the dressing in right before serving."

tkmaples User ID: 2584408 146325
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2009

"A big hit with family and easy prep make this a salad I will definitely do again!"

towanda7 User ID: 3629561 145535
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2009

"We LOVE this recipe!! I heated the dressing before tossing it in and we gobbled it all up. Keep these recipes coming!!!

Patty Smith Elkhart, IN"

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