Cranberry-Pear Tossed Salad


Kris Hernandez of Oneida, Wisconsin often treats dinner guests to this colorful and fruity salad. Pears, dried cranberries and mixed greens are combined with sugarcoated walnuts and blue cheese, then drizzle with a sweep apricot-flavored dressing that's sure to tantalize the taste buds.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
12 servings


  • cup apricot nectar

  • cup red wine vinegar

  • cup canola oil

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon pepper

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

  • 12 cups torn mixed salad greens

  • 3 medium pears, sliced

  • ½ cup dried cranberries

  • ¾ cup crumbled blue cheese


  1. For dressing, in a bowl, whisk together the first six ingredients; set aside. In a heavy skillet, melt sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add walnuts; stir to coat. Remove from the heat.

  2. In a large salad bowl, combine greens, pears and cranberries. Drizzle with dressing. Add nuts and blue cheese; toss.


Nutritional Analysis: One serving (1 cup) equals 161 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 184 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.