Pears with Walnut and Spinach with Citrusy Dressing

Pears with Walnut and Spinach with Citrusy Dressing


Walnuts and pears shine in this simple, delicious salad that is easy to make and sure to please.

Total Time
15 Mins

Total Time

Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
0 Mins
Total Time
15 Mins


230 cal
Total Fat
17 g
Saturated Fat
2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
9.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat
4.1 g
30 mg
18 g
Dietary Fiber
5 g
Total Sugars
10 g
4 g


Citrusy Dressing

  • 1 USA Anjou or Bartlett Pear, very ripe or overripe, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped

  • 1/4 cup Mandarin orange juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar, unseasoned

  • 2 tsp ginger, freshly grated

  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground

  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil, toasted or olive oil


  • 1 bag baby spinach (5oz)

  • 1 green Anjou pear, large, perfectly ripe, cored and thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup California walnuts, divided salt and pepper, to taste


  1. To prepare dressing, puree chopped pear, juice, vinegar, ginger, salt and pepper in a small blender until smooth. Add oil and blend again. (May be prepared up to 1 week ahead and stored tightly covered in the refrigerator.)

  2. Place spinach, pears and 1⁄4 cup walnuts in a large bowl. Drizzle with 1⁄4 cup dressing and toss lightly to coat.

  3. Add additional dressing, salt and pepper if desired. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts and serve immediately.