This is a light and lovely salad dressing that lends itself well to a simple and elegant salad. I love to use it on a salad of butter lettuce, arugula, goat cheese, and caramelized pecans - simply delicious!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 1/2 cups
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Blend the pear, white wine, garlic, Dijon mustard, white balsamic vinegar, black pepper, and sea salt in a blender until well combined; drizzle the olive oil into the mixture in a thin, steady stream while continuing to blend. Blend a few seconds longer until the salad dressing is thick and creamy.

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Nutrition Facts

101 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 3.6g 1% DV; fat 9g 14% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 59.7mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2012
Wow - now this is a vinaigrette! And just as the submitter states - it's a light and lovely salad dressing that lends itself to a simple and elegant salad. This was so easy to put together and was perfect accompnaiment to a Thanksgiving meal. And I must say I'll definitely be making this for other special occasions. It's a great combination of flavors and everyone enjoyed it. I did opt to used canned pears along with a little bit of the juice vs. a fresh pear. I also used a very nice Chardonnay for the white wine and after it was done blending I did add just a touch of honey for sweetness. This definitely gets better over time and thickens up so be sure to make it the night before. This was fabulous over a mix of butter lettuce dried cranberries chopped apples and pears toasted walnuts and topped with goat cheese crumbles. Great recipe! Read More
(54)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/03/2012
Meh....I was hoping this would be a really different tasting dressing. The ingredients really looked good to me that's why I made it. It just tasted like vinegar with mustard in it to me. I wouldn't guess pear at all. I think next time I will increase the pear and only put it 1 tps of mustard. Read More
(9)
54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 44
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2012
Wow - now this is a vinaigrette! And just as the submitter states - it's a light and lovely salad dressing that lends itself to a simple and elegant salad. This was so easy to put together and was perfect accompnaiment to a Thanksgiving meal. And I must say I'll definitely be making this for other special occasions. It's a great combination of flavors and everyone enjoyed it. I did opt to used canned pears along with a little bit of the juice vs. a fresh pear. I also used a very nice Chardonnay for the white wine and after it was done blending I did add just a touch of honey for sweetness. This definitely gets better over time and thickens up so be sure to make it the night before. This was fabulous over a mix of butter lettuce dried cranberries chopped apples and pears toasted walnuts and topped with goat cheese crumbles. Great recipe! Read More
(54)
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2011
This is without a doubt one of the best salad dressings I've ever had. I loved how the combo of the sweet and the tart blended so well with a Northwest inspired salad. Rather than use fresh pears in the dressing I did use 3 home-canned pear halves. The rest of the dressing was made exactly as written and will be made many times more. Incredibly delicious. Thanks for a great recipe. Read More
(47)
Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2011
This is a very delicious dressing especially when made with home canned pears. My pear wasn't quite as sweet as I would have liked so I was glad to have had Avon's first so I knew the difference! As with all salad dressings this gets better as it sits so the flavors meld together. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2012
I'm not a salad person but let me tell you I cleaned my salad plate & about licked it to boot! This was a fantastic! salad dressing! LOVE IT!!!! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2011
I made this as written using light olive oil rather than extra virgin. When I first tasted it I thought the white wine (I used a nice chardonnay) was overpowering but it seemed to mellow out as it sat so I would suggest making this in advance. I don t think my pear was very sweet so I did end up putting about 1 teaspoon of brown sugar in it which made it just right. I served this on a salad of mixed greens chopped pear toasted pine nuts and feta cheese. Very good! I d like to try it with apple next time. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2012
Perfect as is. Very tasty! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/03/2012
Meh....I was hoping this would be a really different tasting dressing. The ingredients really looked good to me that's why I made it. It just tasted like vinegar with mustard in it to me. I wouldn't guess pear at all. I think next time I will increase the pear and only put it 1 tps of mustard. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2012
Really delicious Love that the sweetness is coming from the ripe pear. I had to sub cider vin for the white balsamic didnt seem to matter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2012
Delightful! I neglected to peel my pear and it didn't seem to make a difference. I could not find white balsamic vinegar so I used brown and I used yellow mustard per personal preference. I served it over a chopped veggie salad and it was wonderful. This will be a regular in my salad dressing rotation. THANK YOU jill tall! Read More
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