Pear and Greens Salad with Maple Vinagrette Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

 

Vinaigrette

1/4 cup real maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil

 

Salad

1/3 cup pecan halves

8 cups torn mixed salad greens

3 medium pears, peeled, cut into wedges

1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

1. In small bowl, mix all vinaigrette ingredients except oil with wire whisk. Beat in oil until blended.

 

2. Place pecans in 1-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave on High 2 minutes to 2 minutes 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until browned.

 

3. Divide salad greens among 6 serving plates. Arrange pear wedges on greens; sprinkle with pecans and cranberries. Drizzle vinaigrette over salads.

 

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Taken on October 10, 2007