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This roasted pear and pecan salad is an absolute dream. Mixed baby greens are topped with balsamic roasted pears, figs and pecans and dressed with a maple balsamic dressing. The maple balsamic dressing is what pulls the whole dish together. Slightly sweet, slightly tangy, and full of flavor, this dressing takes softens those bitter greens and adds a little bite to those sweet pears.
This is perfect make ahead salad for your next holiday feast! Roast the pears and make the dressing up to 3 days in advance. Then assemble just before serving! Voila!
Roasted Pear & Pecan Salad
Balsamic Roasted Pears, figs and pecans served over mixed greens, dressed with a maple balsamic dressing.
Makes: 6 servings
2 Barlett Pears, cored and sliced
4oz dried figs (about 8)
1 cup boiling water
2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup pecans
2tbls balsamic vinegar
1/2 tbls olive oil
8 cups mixed greens
1 Batch Maple Balsamic Dressing
Preheat oven to 375F
Add figs to 1 cup boiling water. Allow to soak for 10 minutes, to soften.
Drain water and slice figs into quarters.
In a medium size bowl, combine pear slices, figs, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Turn out onto rimmed baking sheet, moving to keep fruit in a single layer. Add pecans to baking sheet.
Roast in oven for 15 minutes.
While fruit is roasting, make Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Add mixed greens to a large bowl and toss with vinaigrette.
Remove fruit from oven and allow to cool slightly.
Carefully fold into roasted fruit and pecans.
Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
Salad dressing FTW. Keep in fridge for up to one week.
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tbls balsamic vinaigrette
1 tbls maple syrup
1/2 tsp mustard
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients, except s&p in a pint size mason jar.
Secure lid tightly and shake vigorously until well combined.
Taste for salt and pepper!
Keep in fridge.
Looking to prep ahead? Make the vinaigrette and roast the fruit and veggies ahead of time. Combine everything when ready to serve!