Pear Salad with Walnuts

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This pear salad is really simple, and it is only as delightful and delicious as the ingredients you use. Juicy sliced pears, peppery arugula lettuce (or lamb's lettuce, actually almost all kinds of lettuce will work), sweet sharp red onion rings, and crunchy toasted walnuts, are all tossed with a creamy maple-yogurt dressing. I used Anjou pear, but again, any other types of pears, like Bartlett, or Nashi, would all work fine. Serve the salad with some homemade bread and a glass of young and crisp white, like Pinot Grigio.

Yogurt DressingSalad
  • 125 g Plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp Coarse Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Walnut oil
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 Pears, sliced
  • 50 g Arugula lettuce
  • 1 Red onion, cut into rings
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 50 g Walnut halves, toasted
  1. Whisk the ingredients for the dressing together until well combined. Season the dressing with salt and pepper. Store the dressing in the fridge until ready for use.
  2. Rinse and dry the rocket salad. Place them in a mixing bowl together with onion rings and sliced pears. Drizzle with the lemon juice and gently toss.
  3. Divide the salad into 4 platters, pour the prepared dressing over, then sprinkle with toasted walnuts. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, if desired.

87 comments:

Abhilash Pillai 15/11/10 07:13

Nice and colorful photo and indeed a healthy Salad.

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noobcook 15/11/10 07:16

what a beautiful and refreshing looking salad :)

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j3ss kitch3n 15/11/10 07:22

light and refreshing salad! nice one angie!

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3 hungry tummies 15/11/10 07:26

That looks so refreshing...great photos as always!

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Lulu 15/11/10 07:49

Looks so delicious and really very beautiful!

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Dr.Sameena Prathap
15/11/10 08:08

Hey Angie,

Beautiful salad...:)Lovely clicks as usual..:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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Belinda @zomppa 15/11/10 08:09

It's almost too easy! But super elegant.

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TasteHongKong 15/11/10 08:23

Plenty of good pears around, I have yet to try them with walnuts in salads. Adding walnut oil in the dressing is also a nice idea.

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Hearty Bakes 15/11/10 08:40

Love the vibrant colours in this salad.love to try this,crunch from the walnut,sweetness from the pear,must be very refreshing and nice!

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srividhya Ravikumar 15/11/10 09:21

wonderful colour salad..healthy too..

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Anncoo 15/11/10 09:23

Another healthy salad! Next time please call me because I love all your salads ;D

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sangeeta 15/11/10 09:25

Nice pear salad . I like walnuts with apples and pears both .

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Rosa's Yummy Yums 15/11/10 09:32

A scrumptious salad!

Cheers,

Rosa

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Priya 15/11/10 09:37

Thats a beautiful looking nutty salad..fantastic..

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My Little Space 15/11/10 09:40

Angie, I think that little bowl of salad is not enough to feed me. lol ! haha.... Have a great day!
Cheers, Kristy

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Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 15/11/10 10:32

Annie, this is a refreshing and hearty salad.

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Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 15/11/10 10:35

sorry Angie, typo error on your name as Annie, not sure why my mind think Angie but hand wrote as Annie, hehehe..

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Cherry On A Cake 15/11/10 10:47

your salads are always sooo pretty. another winner!

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busygran 15/11/10 11:11

Interesting and refreshing salad! Won't feel guilty eating more of it!

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Honey Bee Sweets 15/11/10 11:16

This just looks refreshing and lots of texture, yum! I love juicy fruits in salad...and the pomegranate is a nice touch!

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Peter M 15/11/10 12:06

Few salads get my attention but this one sure does. What a gorgeous way to begin a meal!

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Kissing the Cook Recipes 15/11/10 12:50

I can definitely see this with the fresh bread and a good white, Angie. Very nice! (Ben)

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kitchen flavours 15/11/10 12:59

This salad looks great! I love pears, and having it in salads sounds wonderful!

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Pegasuslegend 15/11/10 13:25

I just love your pictures they are always so perfect this looks fantastic!

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Happy Cook 15/11/10 13:38

I love salades like this,it might be simple but so elegant.

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Lea Ann 15/11/10 14:13

What an absolutely beautiful salad, and great photo. I love fruit in salads and especially pears. Thanks for sending this along.

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Stephanie 15/11/10 14:26

Your photography is stunning. Thanks for sharing the recipe - some of my fav ingredients!

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Jenn 15/11/10 14:27

Absolutely beautiful!! I bet it would go good with the Asian pears too!! YUM!

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alison 15/11/10 15:20

beautiful and ...coincidence,i made a pears salad yesterday!:))

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Walnut Lovers 15/11/10 15:20

This is a fantastic recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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Claudia 15/11/10 15:35

Those photos do make salad as luscious as the msot decadent dessert. Loving the dressing will use this tonight. I don't know what else we are having but we are having a variation of this sumptuous salad.

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Sarah Naveen 15/11/10 15:50

Beautiful pic..healthy and yummy salad...

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Paul Jennette 15/11/10 16:19

This salad is a classic in my mind... With some great twists and turns. I'm making this one for sure for the Christmas Holiday!! Love, Love , Love the pomegranate seeds.

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SavoringTime in the Kitchen 15/11/10 16:46

I'm going to get some pears today! This sounds wonderful the the yogurt dressing. It's also beautiful!

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A SPICY PERSPECTIVE 15/11/10 16:56

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I'm totally digging the yogurt-maple dressing. Trying it TODAY!

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Terrianne, Call me Ree 15/11/10 16:57

This is beautiful! I love that yogurt dressing, too~! =)

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Cheah 15/11/10 17:14

It's just awesome, Angie!

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Dishesdone 15/11/10 17:29

Great looking salad. Both delicious and pretty!

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MaryMoh 15/11/10 18:37

I have just eaten a big bowl of salad. Looking at this, I don't mind another nig bowl :D

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Monet 15/11/10 19:30

Hi Angie! Wow...this looks like a winner. Everything sounds fabulous..but what really got me was that dressing! I can't wait to whip that up. Thanks for sharing. Happy Monday!

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Magic of Spice 15/11/10 20:07

What a wonderful dressing...the salad looks fantastic and love the variety of sweet and spicy flavors :)

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Norma 15/11/10 21:35

This would have been perfect for my POM Wonderful post. Beautiful!

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Faith 15/11/10 21:47

This is such a beautiful salad that really highlights lovely fall flavors! I love it!

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tigerfish 15/11/10 21:52

So fresh, and fruity! I love it!

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Dimah 15/11/10 21:59

This looks and sounds absolutely delicious!

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Chow and Chatter 15/11/10 22:39

great salad and wow looks like it needs to be in a food magazine

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Biren @ Roti n Rice 15/11/10 22:55

What a beautiful salad! Love the maple yoghurt dressing.

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Lisa H. 16/11/10 01:26

Nice burst of colours...

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scrambledhenfruit 16/11/10 02:29

This is such a beautiful salad- the pomegranate arils on top look like jewels! That dressing sounds yummy too- thanks!

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Cindy Waffles 16/11/10 03:30

What a light and refreshing salad! Great pictures too!

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Emily Z 16/11/10 03:53

I have recently fallen in love with arugula. It's not like I'd never had it before, but perhaps my tastes have changed? Anyway, because of that, this salad has won me over, hands down. The colors are perfect for the holidays, too!

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Cake Duchess 16/11/10 04:12

I love arugula with something sweet. Gorgeous salad Angie:)Hope your week is wonderful!

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Jacklyn 16/11/10 04:20

loved that you added pomegranate to your salad.

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Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } 16/11/10 04:44

Your salad looks AMAZING! Love the colors and the dressing sounds wonderful. I am going to save this recipe to make during the holidays.

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Marisa 16/11/10 05:09

This salad looks lovely and I bet it tastes just as good. I love pears or apples and wlanuts in a salad. The pomegranate seeds on top are a really nice touch.

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RUBY 16/11/10 06:01

hieee....grab ur award frm http://punjabifooddiary.blogspot.com/ :)

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Jeannie 16/11/10 07:05

Of all the salads, I prefer the fruits salad most! These look really delicious!

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Heavenly Housewife 16/11/10 11:45

Beautiful salad, the pomegranate seeds look like little jewels :)
*kisses* HH

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Joanne 16/11/10 14:30

When a salad is as simple as this, it really is important to use good quality ingredients only. What a nice combination of flavors and textures!

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aipi 16/11/10 14:49

This is one of my most favorite..lovely combo!

US Masala

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Elisabeth 16/11/10 14:49

I love pears, and in a beuatiful salad like yours, with toasted walnuts and arugula...it's positively a winner!
Beautiful combination, and presentation, Angie!

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blackbookkitchendiaries 16/11/10 16:37

what a pretty looking salad:) i love it..thanks for sharing.

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Reeni 16/11/10 17:25

I was just thinking of making a salad for lunch and I have everything to make this! Can't wait cause it sounds just delicious!

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sweetlife 16/11/10 17:37

colorful, pleasing to the eye and healthy a perfect fall salad..we are really enjoying pears at the moment..

sweetlife

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Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) 16/11/10 17:47

You always make such beautiful salads, Angie. Thank you for the inspiration.

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kothiyavunu.com 16/11/10 20:54

refreshing and delicious salad..looks YUM!!

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Juliana 16/11/10 22:17

Angie, what a nice and refreshing salad with pear...love the pictures...SO elegantly presented :-)

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Evan @swEEts 16/11/10 22:59

I love the sound of this dressing.. I think I'm going to leave out the onions but the rest of the salad is definitely being made in the near future!

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Gulmohar 17/11/10 01:09

even the salad haters cannot resist this beautiful salad, am sure :-)

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Pacheco Patty 17/11/10 03:16

You've made such a pretty salad and the dressing sounds delicious. I like the maple syrup, nice touch with the pears:)

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denise @ quickies on the dinner table 17/11/10 07:11

So fresh, simple and elegant! The dressing is unique and sounds wonderfully refreshing! Lovely photos!!

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A Thought For Food 17/11/10 17:48

Even better than this salad is that dressing! Sounds wonderful!

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Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 17/11/10 21:53

I love juicy pears with almost any nuts. A great salad!

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theUngourmet 18/11/10 03:24

Such a gorgeous fall salad. I love the pomegranate arils. They really add a nice pop of color. Yum!

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She's Cookin' 19/11/10 07:11

What more can I say? Everything about this salad is delightfully refreshing and a taste sensation! I want it now!

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Hettar7 20/11/10 23:24

This sounds like a delightful salad. (Once the pears are switched for apples, ha ha) Salads aren't what I normally think about in winter time, but this makes me want one.

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OysterCulture 22/11/10 00:43

What a festive and healthy salad, just perfect to counter the excess of the holidays.

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Bren 22/11/10 16:19

gorgeous looking salad. it's lovely and perfect for Fall. I love pear with dried fruit and walnuts. Pecans are nice, too! :) Have a great Thanksgiving!

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claire 23/11/10 21:38

this is gorgeous! looks like christmas in the form of a salad!

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angicock 30/11/10 22:17

This look deliciou. I love this salad

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