Roasted Pear Salad

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling


4 servings

Updated: Oct. 27, 2023
Oven-roasted pears take the ho-hum out of this green salad created by our Test Kitchen staff. They tossed together a good-for-you medley of mellow pear slices, crispy greens, nuts and dried cranberries. The creamy dressing carries yet more pear flavor, sweetened with just a touch of honey.
Roasted Pear Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 medium pears, halved and cored
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 package (10 ounces) mixed baby salad greens
  • 1 cup watercress sprigs
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a small bowl, toss pears with 1 teaspoon oil. Place in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 10 minutes. Turn pears over; bake until golden and tender, 5-7 minutes longer.
  2. When roasted pears are cool enough to handle, peel them and thinly slice 2 pear halves lengthwise; set aside. Place remaining pear halves in a blender. Add the vinegar, water, honey, salt and white pepper; cover and process until smooth. While processing, gradually add the remaining 3 teaspoons oil in a steady stream.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the salad greens, watercress, hazelnuts and cranberries. Arrange reserved pear slices on top; drizzle with dressing.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 174 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 178mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 5g fiber), 3g protein.