Pear Cranberry Arugula Salad

Pear Cranberry Arugula Salad

Today there’s a bunch of food bloggers throwing a virtual Baby Shower for Bev of Bev Cooks. Will I tell you what kind of candy bar is melted into a diaper in this virtual shower situation? No. But! I will contribute an amazing winter salad to the party! A baby shower just wouldn’t be right without salad, don’t you agree?  Bev is pregnant with TWINS and she’s one of the funniest bloggers out there.  I absolutely adore her writing and her food combinations make me weap sometimes. HELLO Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Bites and get out with your Spicy Breakfast Taquitos, Bev!  Anyways, congratulations to you, Bev! I have no doubt you’ll be the best mom! Also, my mom’s name is Bev so I can speak from experience as a child with a mom named Bev that moms named Bev are awesome. (Hi Mom!)

OK. SALAD. I’m currently engaged in a love affair with this salad. I made it RIGHT after Thanksgiving when we still had a few leftovers and MAN! It was just what the doctor ordered when I wanted to be healthier but still wanted a little indulgence. It’s also a good way to stretch out that last bit of cranberry sauce and if you have any fried onions leftover from your green bean casseroles. THOSE ONIONS BELONG IN SALADS, folks.

If you don’t have any cranberry sauce left, you could use a scoop of jam. Fig, raspberry, strawberry and even marmalade would be good substitutes. It helps emulsify the dressing and gives it a little sweetness. It’s like dijon, but the exact opposite. This salad is heavy on the toppings (the best salads are!) so feel free to add more arugula to stretch it out.  I think you’ll see why it’s currently in my salad rotation. Those onions, man. They’re everything.

And we’re off!  Let’s start with the dressing first.

In a jar add your dressing ingredients! I added agave cuz my homemade cranberry sauce was TANGY!

You may not need extra sweetness. Taste as you go!

Shake that dressing up! You have to put a lid on it…make sure to do that.

Salad ingredients! When you chop up the pears, toss them in a bowl with a little bit of lemon juice. We do this in order to prevent them from browning. It’s the only way to go!

Put all the ingredients in a large bowl. Single out the goat cheese. We add that last.

Dress the salad. Toss the salad.

And then we add the goat cheese and gently toss.

So many good flavors.

A very hearty salad.

Serves 2 people as main salads and 4 as a side salad.

But in all honesty, I ate the entire thing. OOPS/NOT OOPS.

Ingredients

  • But in all honesty, I ate the entire thing. OOPS/NOT OOPS.
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  • Pear Cranberry Arugula Salad
  • for the dressing:
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cranberry sauce
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup (or more to taste)
  • kosher salt & pepper
  • for the salad:
  • 1 Bosc pear, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 8 cups arugula
  • 1/3 cup fried onions
  • 1/3 cup roasted pistachios
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
  • To make dressing:
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