Pear & Walnut Spinach Salad

This is one of my favorite fresh salads. It has vegetable, fruit and nuts all in one serving! For this particular recipe, I’ve added some fresh avocado slices. I like adding avocado to many of the dishes I prepare.

Walnuts are probably the most unique among all the nuts just because nuritionally, they contain polyunsaturated fatty acids of both the omega-3 and omega-6 families, but no cholesterol. Walnuts are also rich in antioxidants. They’re almost a doctor’s prescription against cancer and heart disease!


2 cups baby spinach

1 Anjou or Asian pear

1/2 fresh avocado

1/2 cup walnuts

For the dressing:

2 tbsp water

1 1/2 tbsp red or white wine vinegar

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp honey

2 tsp dijon mustard

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/tsp sesame seeds


Combine all the ingredients for the dressing using a whisk

Peel and remove the seeds from the pear. Cut it into thin slices

Cut the avocado into similar thin slices

On a salad plate, spread the spinach leaves and add the pear and avocado slices

It is best to chill the salad before serving

When ready to serve, add your desired amount of dressing and toss.

(Makes 3-4 servings)


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