Cranberry Pear Tossed Salad

Treat your dinner guests to this colorful and fruity salad. Pears, dried cranberries and mixed greens are combined with sugarcoated walnuts and blue cheese, then drizzle with a sweep apricot-flavored dressing that's sure to tantalize the taste buds.


12 servings


1/3 cup apricot nectar
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons granulated (white) sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
12 cups torn mixed salad greens
3 medium ripe pears, sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese


For dressing, in a large bowl, whisk together the first six ingredients; set aside. In a heavy small skillet, melt sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add walnuts; stir to coat. Remove from the heat.

In a large salad bowl, combine the greens, pears and cranberries. Drizzle with dressing. Sprinkle with nuts and blue cheese; toss to coat.

Estimated Time

Preparation/Total Time: 15 minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving (1 cup): Calories 161, Fat 12 g (Saturated Fat 2 g), Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 184 mg, Carbohydrate 13 g, Fiber 3 g, Protein 3 g. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 Fat, 1 Vegetable, 1/2 Starch.

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