Spinach Salad with Pears, Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Serves 4 to 6

Take advantage of pears in season and try a new variety in this twist on a popular dish. A little sweet pear (or apple or dried fig) makes the dressing especially good.

Ingredients: 
  • 3 Anjou, Bosc or Comice pears
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon German mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3/4 pound spinach, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
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Method: 

Chop 1 pear and slice the remaining two. Put chopped pear, oil, vinegar, mustard and honey into a blender and purée. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons water, more if needed, to thin for a pourable dressing. Put spinach, onion, walnuts, goat cheese, sliced pears and dressing into a large bowl and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.

Three Twists on the Original

Apple Cheddar Spinach Salad
Replace the pears with apples, walnuts with pine nuts and goat cheese with small cubes of sharp cheddar. 

Quinoa Spinach Pear Salad
Add 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa to the spinach salad mixture.

Fig Spinach Salad
Replace the pears with 3/4 cup dried figs (1/4 cup chopped for dressing, remainder sliced thin in salad).

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:340 calories (210 from fat), 24g total fat, 6g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 230mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (8g dietary fiber, 13g sugar), 8g protein
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