Nell’’s Superb Spinach, Pear, and Dried Cherry Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

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Serves: 4-6
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2 ripe pears, peeled and sliced thinly (peeled is how my family likes it; if yours doesn’t mind, the peeling is fine)
1 pkg spinach, washed and de-stemmed
1/3 c dried cherries (dried cranberries are a good substitute)
1/2 c pecans, roasted and chopped
1/2 c freshly squeezed citrus juice (1 lemon and 1-2 oranges)
3/4 c good olive oil
2 tsp dijon mustard
2 tsp local honey
1 1/2 Tbsp champagne or white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 oz crumbled goat cheese (optional) i serve this onthe side so those who don't want the cheese don't have to eat it.

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Nell Waldrop Recipe
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Metairie, LA (pop. 443,928)
Member Since Sep 2010
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In a small bowl, whisk together the citrus juice, olive oil, honey, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Taste dressing and correct to taste.

Pour half of dressing over pears in bottom of salad bowl. Add spinach and cherries, but DO NOT STIR until ready to serve. Refrigerate. When ready to serve, remove from refrigerator, stir thoroughly, add pecans and serve.


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user Karla Everett Karla59 - Mar 19, 2011
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user Cecilia Hanna KitchyWitchy - Apr 22, 2011
This sounds delicious. Do you pour half of the dressing over pears and the other half over the entire salad right before serving?

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