Pear Spinach Salad

4 servings
10 min

I came up with this salad recipe shortly after the new year when I was craving salad, but not quite ready to give up all the sweets. The sweet pear, juicy orange, and tangy feta work really well to make this salad satisfying and so, so tasty you won't miss the junk food!

The homemade vinagrette is so simple and really takes the salad to the next level. You can use a store-bought dressing if it is easier (but I reccommend the homemade one since it is super tasty and literally takes 2 minutes!). I would suggest a simple balsamic dressing or a lemon poppyseed dressing if you decide to go the store bought route.

Don't skip the toppings, they make this salad extra special. That being said, you can use whatever orange you want! Regular oranges or even a clementine would work well in place of a blood orange. I wouldn't reccommend using the canned mandarin oranges though because fresh oranges have a bit of a sour taste that is lost in the canned variety which pairs perfectly with this salad.

I am going to live off this salad along with sweet berry salad and lentil feta salad for the next little while!

Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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Ingredients
Dressing Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed blood orange juice (one orange)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
For the Salad
  • Spinach
  • Sliced pear
  • Sliced orange (regular oranges, blood orange, or even a clementine would work well)
  • Pecans
  • Cranberries
  • Feta cheese
Instructions

Whisk together olive oil, orange juice, honey, thyme, and salt until completely combined; set aside
Using a large platter, add spinach, followed by sliced pears, oranges, pecans, cranberries, and feta cheese
Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat immediately before serving
Tips
  • I wouldn't recommend using the canned mandarin oranges because fresh oranges have a bit of a sour taste that is lost in the canned variety which pairs perfectly with this salad.
Natalie | The Kollee Kitchen
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