Roasted Pear and Pecan Salad

Friends, you know how I feel about salad. NO ONE HAS TIME FOR BORING FOOD.

If you hate salad (like I typically claim to), you're making it wrong (like I was). Salad is a vehicle for your favorite roasted veggies, delicious dressings, and other fun. Just like pizza is a vehicle for cheese.

So this salad is a vehicle for balsamic roasted pears, pecans and figs and as seems to be my trend lately-- goat cheese-- topped with a maple balsamic vinaigrette.


Roasted Pear & Pecan Salad

Balsamic Roasted Pears, figs and pecans served over mixed greens, dressed with a maple balsamic dressing.

Makes: 6 servings

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Ingredients:
  • 2 Barlett Pears, cored and sliced/li>
  • 4oz dried figs (about 8)
  • 1 cup boiling water/li>
  • 2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 2tbls balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tbls olive oil
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1 Batch Maple Balsamic Dressing

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Add figs to 1 cup boiling water. Allow to soak for 10 minutes, to soften.
  3. Drain water and slice figs into quarters.
  4. In a medium size bowl, combine pear slices, figs, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  5. Turn out onto rimmed baking sheet, moving to keep fruit in a single layer. Add pecans to baking sheet.
  6. Roast in oven for 15 minutes.
  7. While fruit is roasting, make Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette.
  8. Add mixed greens to a large bowl and toss with vinaigrette.
  9. Remove fruit from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  10. Carefully fold into roasted fruit and pecans.
  11. Serve immediately.

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Salad dressing FTW. Keep in fridge for up to one week.

Makes: 3/4cup

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Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbls balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1 tbls maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:
  1. Combine all ingredients, except s&p in a pint size mason jar.
  2. Secure lid tightly and shake vigorously until well combined.
  3. Taste for salt and pepper!
  4. Keep in fridge.


Looking to prep ahead? Make the vinaigrette and roast the fruit and veggies ahead of time. Combine everything when ready to serve!