Pear Feta Salad

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There’s nothing like a really good salad to encourage you to eat your veggies! Every time I’ve made this salad for holiday dinners, it’s always the first thing to go and the one recipe I get asked for the most. Bosc and Anjou pears are in season during the fall/winter holidays so they’re perfect for salads this time of year.

Pear Feta Salad

Toasted maple almonds add a lovely, sweet crunch to this winter salad. The feta adds a nice, salty contrast to the sweetness of the pears. You can make this salad vegan by using a dairy-free version of the feta.
Servings 10
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • 2 small bowls
  • Large Bowl

Ingredients

For the maple almonds:

  • 1 cup raw almonds chopped or sliced
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ tbsp maple syrup

For the dressing:

  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the salad:

  • 1 lb salad greens your preference
  • 3 pears preferably Bosc or Anjou, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 avocado peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 6 oz feta crumbled

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the coconut oil (you can melt it for a few seconds in the microwave if needed), maple syrup, and salt.
  • Add almonds to the bowl and stir until evenly coated. Spread almonds out on baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven until lightly toasted, up to 10 minutes. Check every few minutes to make sure they don’t burn. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  • In another small bowl, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and salt. Set aside.
  • Wash and chop your salad greens if they aren’t already prepared. Place them into the large bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over the greens and toss until evenly coated.
  • Add the chopped pears and diced avocado to the salad and gently stir to distribute them throughout.
  • Top the salad with crumbled feta and toasted maple almonds.
Cost: $12
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pears, salad, side dish, vegetarian

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