A fresh salad featuring ripe fall pears is a welcome addition to the Thanksgiving table. Save time by using packaged, prewashed spinach. Prepare and refrigerate the vinaigrette up to two days ahead, and shave and refrigerate the cheese up to one day ahead.
2 Bosc pears, cored and thinly sliced
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
5 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons stone-ground mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
How to Make It
Combine pear slices and spinach in a large bowl. Combine water and the next 6 ingredients (through pepper), stirring with a whisk. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad, and toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.
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Absolutely LOVE this salad and have served this as part of our Thanksgiving dinner for the past 5 years. Only change I made was to substitute crumbled blue cheese for the parm - fantastic. Highly recommend!
Great salad! Even my boyfriend loved it, and he is NOT a salad guy. I added craisins, they tasted great in the same bite as the tangy dressing and the salty parmesan. I will definitely add this to my weeknight repertoire!
I have made this numerous times now and it has easily become one of my family's favorite salads. It is good with a formal dinner or a casual pasta night dinner. And it comes together so easy. Definitely use fresh parm as it makes all the difference in the world.
This was rather good but lacked some crunch. I wish the dressing was a bit more tangy. It would be good to add some cashews if you want to afford the fat and calories. Maybe some red onion. If I make it again I will tweak it a bit.
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