This delicious salad works well as a side or on its own. Especially good in fall and winter months when fresh summer salad fare is harder to come by.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk olive oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Combine greens, pears, cranberries, pecans, and Havarti cheese in a large bowl. Pour balsamic vinegar dressing over salad and toss. Garnish with almonds to serve.

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Nutrition Facts

604 calories; protein 7.6g 15% DV; carbohydrates 39.2g 13% DV; fat 49.8g 77% DV; cholesterol 17.7mg 6% DV; sodium 335.2mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2013
Used just 2 cloves garlic and added one extra tbsp brown sugar which seemed to spike up the flavor. Delicious! Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2013
Used just 2 cloves garlic and added one extra tbsp brown sugar which seemed to spike up the flavor. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2015
Overall this salad was tasty. I do however believe that an entire cup of salad dressing would be too much for 6 servings but i only made enough for myself and adjusted the amount i made to taste. I used a yellow Bartlett pear because that's what i had on hand but would be tasty with any pear.I also omitted the pecans and added extra almonds. I used shredded Havarti cheese with some cubes of sharp cheddar and added some slivers of red onion because i love the contrast of that onion flavor with the sweetness of the cranberries. Its a great change from the typical salad and reminds me of one you would order in a restaurant! Next time i will add a bit of Dijon mustard to the dressing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2014
Made this salad for a family gathering to celebrate Dad's 81st birthday. Had to double the recipe but it turned out that I should have tripled it everyone wanted more. It was absolutely delicious and so very easy to put together. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2019
Ever since making it for the first time 3 years this has become our family's go-to salad for Thanksgiving and Christmas - and any other special dinner where we want a refreshing sweet/tangy salad to include in the meal. I usually make these few changes to adjust to our tastes. 1) Reduce oil to 1/2 cup. 2) Increase brown sugar to 2 or 3 Tablespoons. 3) Omit the onions and almonds. 4) Use candied or glazed pecans. 5) Increase the salad to 8 cups. I always make ahead several hours (usually overnight) so the flavors really mix together. I've been asked for this recipe at each meal at which I've served it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2019
This salad rocks! No need to change a thing! If anything double the mustard vinaigrette because people can’t get enough of it! My family says they want it at least once a week or they’re going to throw a fit. Simply a delicious salad that you can’t put down. I made some the next day and chopped up grilled chicken breast from the night before and it was a meal in itself. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2018
I halved the dressing and still didn't use it all. Added a little basil and garlic salt to the dressing as well. To the salad I added some red onion and goat cheese and used chopped pecans and sliced almonds within browning. Turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2019
I used blue cheese crumbles green onion no sliced almonds instead of the cheese listed and spinach for greens. I used 1/4 cup less oil but left the rest alone. This salad rocks! I just love it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2020
We made half the dressing and reduced the brown sugar to 1/2 teaspoon. So good. We were happy to find this recipe. Tonight we’re using lettuce from our garden and pears from our tree. This recipe is on our list! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2019
Great salad and one I will make again. I was fortunate to have pear basalmic vinegar in the cupboard which was an added bonus. Read More