This Arugula and Pear Salad is tossed in a homemade Apple Cider Vinaigrette dressing for the perfect Fall and Winter Salad! Plus, it only takes 20 minutes to make!
In the Fall season, it's really easy to let apples and pumpkins steal the show, but don't forget about pears! They are so delicious, especially if you can catch them in those few days when they are perfectly ripe.
This salad is filled with simple ingredients, yet they blend together to create really amazing complex flavors. I can't wait for you to try it!
Try this beside my Panko Crusted Chicken for a great meal.
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- It is super simple to make and involves just a bit of chopping!
- The ingredients are fresh and create the best Fall salad.
- It is tossed in a homemade apple cider vinaigrette dressing that comes together in minutes.
- It's healthy and tastes delish!
Arugula (Rocket)- Peppery green that pairs perfectly with pears and almonds for this quick salad.
Pears- The main character of this recipe. I used Bartlett pears for a sweet and buttery taste when ripe. They are absolutely amazing paired with the arugula. I recommend a sweet red or green Bartlett, also known as a Williams pear, in this recipe.
Almond Slivers- Roasted to decrease the moisture and create a crunchier texture. Baking also gives them a really aromatic smell, almost like fresh popcorn.
Onion- Thinly sliced for a subtle tangy crunch.
Dried Cherries- Adds another element of texture to the salad. Dried cherries bring in a chewy sweetness. You could also use cranberries in place of the cherries.
Blue Cheese Crumbles- Sharp, tangy, strong profile cheese that you either love or hate. I love it to the moon and back. If you're not crazy about Blue Cheese, you could use parmigiano reggiano. I would peel it with a vegetable peeler, to create small sheets or layers of the cheese. Yum!
Olive Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Dijon Mustard, Honey, Shallot, Garlic, Salt and Pepper- Creates the most delicious tangy salad dressing to toss into the salad. The apple cider vinegar brings in a very Fall seasonal flavor.
*Full recipe ingredients and quantities can be found in the recipe card below.
Substitutions & Variations:
For the blue cheese, Gorgonzola or even goat cheese could be substituted.
Sliced almonds can be substituted for the slivered almonds and will have the same cook time.
Want to try a different salad dressing? Check out my Creamy Balsamic Dressing for this recipe!
How to Make Arugula and Pear Salad:
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Here are the Step by Step Instructions for this Arugula Pear Salad.
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread and almond slivers onto a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. You won't notice much of a difference in color, but the moisture is drawn out during baking to create a crispier texture. Pour onto a plate and set aside.
Step 2: Into a bowl, add in the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, garlic, shallot, salt and pepper. Whisk, shake or if you want a really good texture, use the immersion blender to blend.
Step 3: Assemble the salad in a large bowl by adding in the arugula and onion. Pour half of the dressing on and toss. Save the remaining dressing for serving. Sprinkle the almonds, cherries and blue cheese over the top of the salad.
Step 4: Slice the pears into skinny slices. I like to fan them on top of the salad. Do this right before serving to prevent the pears from becoming brown.
Step 5: Serve immediately and enjoy!
This recipe is intended to make right before serving and doesn't make the best leftovers because the pears will turn brown.
Yes! This peppery green is known by Americans as Arugula and by the British as Rocket. There are lots of names for this leafy vegetable. If you want to learn more about it, check out the article by Bon Appetit titled, The Etymology and the Word Arugula
Arugula tastes absolutely amazing in salads. I like to pair it with flavors like almonds, or pecans and fruits. The leafy green has a hint of peppery flavor. It tastes amazing tossed in dressings like the apple cider vinaigrette in this recipe or creamy balsamic dressing.
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