I invented this recipe the year our pear tree had too many pears. I serve it on very special occasions but can be made for everyday meals too.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
total:
30 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 pears in a bowl with the lemon-lime soda. Set aside; this will keep them from turning brown.

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  • Place the baby spinach in a serving bowl, and add the shallot, feta cheese and pine nuts. Drain the pears, and discard the soda. Add pears to the salad, and toss to blend. Serve with raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

NOTE

To toast pine nuts, place them in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until browned and fragrant, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

299 calories; protein 10.1g 20% DV; carbohydrates 33.8g 11% DV; fat 15.6g 24% DV; cholesterol 28mg 9% DV; sodium 820mg 33% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (28)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/07/2005
Not bad. Instead of soda I just used a little lemon juice. Subbed toasted walnuts for the pine nuts. I tried the raspberry dressing and liked using a plain balsamic from Trader Joe's better. Nice presentation. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/19/2010
Needs a lot more stuff. Found it very bland. Read More
(5)
36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/07/2005
Not bad. Instead of soda I just used a little lemon juice. Subbed toasted walnuts for the pine nuts. I tried the raspberry dressing and liked using a plain balsamic from Trader Joe's better. Nice presentation. Read More
(54)
Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2010
Made it twice once according to directions once 'my way'. It was very nice as rated but got more compliments on my version. Used goat cheese instead of feta made spiced candied walnuts instead of pine nuts and made my own lemon viniagrette instead of bottled dressing. Omitted soda completely. Great with romaine as well. Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2008
Delicious. Used canned pears was good just the same. Simple yummy easy Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2009
Great salad! My advice if this is your first time is to follow the recipe and use "real" pears. I used canned pears and they were mushy. Didnt have pine nuts so I made candied pecans which was excellent! I also prefer bleu cheese but the feta was a nice change (Still gunna use bleu next time as its a personal favorite). All in all yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2006
This was very good. I prepared the salads individually on salad plates and fanned the pears for a more elegant look. Everyone really enjoyed this salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2009
I think this salad is PERFECT!! Very easy and quick to prepare and just flat out excellent!:) I do agree though that the soda could easily be omitted. I just sprinkled the pears with lemon juice and it turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2009
I make this all the time now and not only do I love it so does my boyfriend who is avidly anti-healthy food. It's easy. I made it without the soda and I admit it was slightly less good that way. I used Diet Sprite and it was tasty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2009
great recipe. Used canned pears they wont turn brown. Made individual salads with fanned pears and then sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. beautiful Christmas salad. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/19/2010
Needs a lot more stuff. Found it very bland. Read More
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