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salad with pears and candied pecans

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Elizabeth Mire
Shreveport, LA

My cousin Teresa made this as her contribution to our Thanksgiving dinner and it was a hit! My family, especially my oldest son, kept eating it through the week until it was gone! Enjoy!

(1 rating)
yield 12 or more
prep time 30 Min
cook time 10 Min

Ingredients For salad with pears and candied pecans

  • assorted salad greens, washed and dried
  • creamy italian salad dressing
  • ranch salad dressing
  • 2 Tbsp
    balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ to ½ md
  • 3
    pears, cored and sliced
  • 1 c
    pecan halves
  • 1 bunch
    cilantro, washed and large stems picked out
  • bleu cheese crumbles

How To Make salad with pears and candied pecans

  • 1
    Put the onion, cilantro, one part creamy Italian, one part ranch dressing, and balsamic vinegar in a blender and process until smooth. Taste and add more vinegar, if not tangy enough or more ranch dressing, if too tangy.
  • 2
    Put the brown sugar and pecans in a non-stick skillet and cook on medium low until sugar melts, toss to coat pecans. Do not cook too long or it will burn.
  • 3
    Place pecans in a wax or aluminum paper lined baking sheet. Allow to cool completely. Break apart with finger and set aside.
  • 4
    To assemble: put the greens (I use Italian blend) in a salad bowl, place the pears on top of the greens, put the pecans on top of the pears and sprinkle with bleu cheese crumbles. Serve with dressing on the side.