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

Nell Waldrop


My Family's Favorite Salad

★★★★★ 2 votes
15 Min


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.


1In 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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