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Glazed Walnut-Pear Salad

The taste and presentation of this salad is sure to fool guests of just how easy it is to make. While it's a favorite during the holidays, the fresh-tasting salad is also a frequent request during the summer. —Barb Albert-Yockey, Trafalgar, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (1 cup each)


  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 large pears, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bunch romaine, torn
  • 1 bunch red leaf lettuce, torn
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup glazed walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries


  • In a small bowl, combine syrup and ginger. Set aside 2 tablespoons for dressing. Toss pears with remaining syrup mixture. Place pears in a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Turn pears over; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until lightly browned and tender. Cool pears; chop and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, oil, salt and reserved syrup mixture. In a large bowl, combine the romaine, leaf lettuce, onion, walnuts, cherries and cranberries. Add vinaigrette; toss to coat. Top with pears.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 148 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 81mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 4g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat.

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