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