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Cranberry-Pear Tossed Salad

Kris Hernandez of Oneida, Wisconsin often treats dinner guests to this colorful and fruity salad. Pears, dried cranberries and mixed greens are combined with sugarcoated walnuts and blue cheese, then drizzle with a sweep apricot-flavored dressing that's sure to tantalize the taste buds.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1/3 cup apricot nectar
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 12 cups torn mixed salad greens
  • 3 medium ripe pears, sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese


  • For dressing, in a large bowl, whisk together the first six ingredients; set aside. In a heavy small skillet, melt sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add walnuts; stir to coat. Remove from the heat.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine the greens, pears and cranberries. Drizzle with dressing. Sprinkle with nuts and blue cheese; toss to coat.

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  • cee-jay
    Feb 11, 2015

    Question: Do pears turn brown after being cut in much the same as apple turn brown?This looks like a good salad. Can it be made ahead?

  • ArizonaQueen
    Jul 25, 2014

    I have made this a multiple of times for formal dinners as well as BBQ's. It's always a huge hit. Highly recommend!!!

  • grannygourmet
    Oct 2, 2011

    This salad was a hit at my house. We loved the addition of the pears even though we use pears that are not ripe as we prefer them that way. The dressing is refreshing and adds the perfect tartness.

  • DaniCalifornia
    Dec 24, 2009

    I made this for Christmas Eve dinner and it was quite nice! Something different, impressive, tasty and not time-consuming to make. Good recipe.

  • gigix2
    Nov 30, 2005

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