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Fresh Pear & Romaine Salad

A relative gave me the tip to make salad dressings with whatever fruit I was using in my salad. It works like a charm here. Pears make the matching easy. —Jennifer Greiling, Fairview, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped peeled fresh pear
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • SALAD:
  • 1 large pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 8 cups torn romaine lettuce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup glazed pecans
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries


  • Place the first eight ingredients in a blender; cover and process until smooth. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream.
  • For salad, toss sliced pear with lemon juice. In a large bowl, toss romaine with 1/2 cup dressing; season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with pear, pecans, cheese and cherries. Serve immediately with remaining dressing on the side.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 360 calories, 25g fat (6g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 541mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 5g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • lucason16
    Nov 21, 2017

    Served this salad today to a ladies' bridge group. Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe.

  • Barbara
    Dec 25, 2016

    This was a very successful version of this salad. The pear in the dressing really does intensify the delicate pear flavor. Since my nut-eating days are behind me, I used dried mandarin oranges cut into halves or thirds. I served it as part of a celebration dinner to a group of 7. There was not one bite left.

  • Orbs
    May 1, 2015

    I served this salad with a cup of soup for lunch. I loved the idea of adding the fruit in the salad to the dressing. I went to the library and read The Language of Flowers and thought it was a great read. Thanks, Jennifer.