I first made this salad for my family's Thanksgiving dinner several years ago as a starter, and it was a big hit. This recipe was inspired after I had some pear and walnut salad at a restaurant. Since I'm a busy professional woman and don't have lots of time to cook, I wanted to make something quick and easy, yet tasty, using premade ingredients you can find at regular grocery stores.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the salad greens into a salad bowl, and sprinkle with dried cranberries, walnuts, mandarin orange sections, blue cheese, and avocado chunks. Drizzle the salad with the dressing, toss, and serve.

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Nutrition Facts

505 calories; protein 10.7g 21% DV; carbohydrates 54.3g 18% DV; fat 29.8g 46% DV; cholesterol 19mg 6% DV; sodium 585.3mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2010
good salad served it on Christmas for 20 people got great feedback! however i could not find the dressing suggested in the recipe so i used some rasberry vinegrette i had on hand i think next time i would use a balsamic vinegrette. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 5
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Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2010
good salad served it on Christmas for 20 people got great feedback! however i could not find the dressing suggested in the recipe so i used some rasberry vinegrette i had on hand i think next time i would use a balsamic vinegrette. Read More
(31)
Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2011
This is a delicious salad! I have been making a salad similar to this however I use feta cheese fresh apple chunks and Maple Grove Fat-Free Cranberry Balsamic Salad Dressing because I have been dieting. The madarin oranges really make it better I was wondering if Joy Chou has a recipe for Cranberry Dressing? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
VERY TASTY. We didn't have mandarin oranges on hand and it still tasted good but I'm sure it would have been even better with the oranges. If any of you have tasted the California Citrus Salad from the restaurant Claim Jumper this salad tastes JUST like it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2010
A wonderful easy salad. I made this for Christmas dinner and it was gone. I left out the avocado and it was fine without it. I used Brianna's Blush Wine Vinagrette dressing which is one of my favorites. I've since made a small version for my husband and I which is very easy to do with the leftover ingredients such as the cranberries and walnuts. I'm very busy so any quick delicious recipes like this have a strong appeal for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2013
This was fantastic and loved by all. I made this for our Christmas get together with family. Delicious. Will do again to be sure! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2010
Like the intro to this recipe mentions I too am a busy professional woman so it seemed like a good choice. The salad was tasty and involves lots of "fancy" ingredients. Next time I would double the greens because the fancy parts are what raise the calorie count. It's a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2009
Fantastic and Easy! We used goat cheese instead of blue cheese but still amazing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2009
This salad is awesome soooo good! Grandpa even had seconds! Yummy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2010
FANTASIC! Read More
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