Harvest Pear Salad

Crispy apples and ripe pears tossed together with feta cheese and cranberries make me want to lick my plate clean when I eat this salad.

Ingredients

    • Spring mix bagged salad
    • Sliced pears
    • Pumpkin spiced pecans (see instructions below)
    • Feta cheese crumbles
    • Dried cranberries
For pumpkin spiced pecans
    • 1 cup whole pecans
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
For dressing
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

For salad
    • Layer all ingredients and toss with Cranberry Vinaigrette Dressing starting with a small amount and then adding more to taste.
For pumpkin spiced pecans
    • Mix sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl until blended well.
    • Add sugar mixture and pecans to a small skillet and heat on medium until sugar is melted – stirring constantly. Be careful not to burn the sugar.
    • As soon as sugar is melted onto the pecans, pour pecans onto aluminum foil to cool.
For dressing
  • Combine cranberries, orange juice, and sugar in a medium sized sauce pan.
  • Cook on medium high heat, stirring constantly, until all the cranberries pop. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Pour cranberry mixture into a blender and add olive oil, vinegar, and salt.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • The dressing will be thick and creamy. If you prefer a thinner dressing, add small amounts of water (1 Tbsp at a time) until desired consistency is reached.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Source : allrecipes.com

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