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Spinach Pear Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette

Tangy from balsamic and mellowed with chocolate, the light vinaigrette stays well-blended. It would add an interesting twist to berries or watermelon, too. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 ounce milk chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 large pear, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted


  • In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Whisk in the vinegar, oil, honey, salt and pepper; set aside.
  • Divide spinach among four salad plates. Top with pear, cranberries and almonds. Drizzle with dressing.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 215 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 185mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 2 fat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • sgronholz
    Sep 18, 2016

    This recipe is amazing! I substituted our homegrown raspberries for the dried cranberries and romaine lettuce for the! Absolutely delicious and something I can't wait to make again!

  • 4giants
    Feb 1, 2014

    Tasty for something different. We made it to go with a chocolate Fest dinner we enjoyed. Probably not a recipe for everyday but glad we tried it.

  • ahmom
    Mar 27, 2012

    very good

  • celestie4
    Mar 6, 2012

    This was so great. The dressing is very flavourful, so you don't need much. I will make this again.