Whole30® Pear and Arugula Salad

We have given a gourmet twist to a classic pear and arugula salad by using roasted hazelnuts and a decadent salad dressing. An easy to make, healthy salad that everyone will love as it suits gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30®, and vegetarian eaters.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings



  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon honey, melted

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste


  • 3 medium Bartlett pears, peeled

  • 6 ounces baby arugula

  • ½ cup chopped hazelnuts, divided

For the Garnish:

  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme


  1. Combine vinegar and honey in a glass jar; whisk to combine. Add lemon juice, oil, thyme, sea salt, and pepper; cover and shake until emulsified.

  2. Reserve 1/2 of a pear. Slice remaining pears thinly with a sharp knife or mandolin.

  3. Place arugula in a mixing bowl. Add sliced pears. Pour dressing over top, add 1/2 of the hazelnuts, and season with more salt and pepper. Toss gently until well coated. Taste and adjust seasonings according to taste.

  4. Slice reserved pear half thinly and arrange it in a fan pattern on the salad platter you are using. Arrange the salad on top. Garnish with remaining hazelnuts and thyme leaves. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes:

You can use verjuice juice instead of white wine vinegar and honey.

To prevent your pears from browning, place them in salted water for 10 minutes (ratio 1 teaspoon salt for every 2 cups of water). You will be amazed at what a huge difference this will make. Then strain and rinse them just before making up your salad.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

310 Calories
21g Fat
31g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 310
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Sodium 16mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 53mg 264%
Calcium 188mg 14%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 565mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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