Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro
5 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Include this fresh spinach salad featuring ripe fall pears on your Thanksgiving menu this year. Flat-leaf or baby spinach works best in this salad, but you can also use red-leaf lettuce.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.

Step 2

Place the pear slices in a large bowl. Spoon 1 tablespoon dressing over pears; toss to coat. Add the remaining dressing, spinach, and onion; toss to coat.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

steponme's Review

November 14, 2013
Simple, quick and delicious. Served with CL, One-Dish Rosemary Chicken and White Beans and toasted whole wheat french bread.

nhbrowneyedgirl's Review

January 02, 2012
This is a favorite of mine that I have made many times. I love that it is also a nutritional bargain with so many great vitamins and minerals with very few calories. I have added additional pears, dried cranberries and toasted almonds or glazed walnuts. I can see why using an apple and mixed greens would leave you feeling it lacked something!

sluglaw's Review

December 24, 2011
I've made this salad according to the directions a number of times for different events and everyone has always loved it. Easy and delicious, as written.

skspillman's Review

November 03, 2011
I served this salad alongside CL's Apple, Goat Cheese, and Pecan Pizza. I used half baby spinach and half mixed greens. I also added a sliced Fuji apple since I had it on hand. If I hadn't served this alongside the pizza, I definitely would have thought it lacked something. I would definitely add goat cheese or walnuts or pecans if I served it without the pizza. I also added two pre-cooked chicken breasts to the salad.