Fresh Pear and Cherry Salad with Vanilla Pear Vinaigrette Recipe


1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup walnuts

1 (15.25 ounce) can pears in light syrup, drained reserving syrup
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons fat-free vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch ground nutmeg

1/2 (10 ounce) package mixed salad greens
1/2 (10 ounce) bag spinach leaves
1 pear – peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese


Combine sugar, cinnamon and walnuts in a skillet over medium heat. Mix together until sugar and cinnamon are melted and walnuts are evenly coated. Remove from heat. Spread walnuts on a large plate to cool.

In the container of a blender, combine the drained pears, 1/3 cup of the reserved syrup from the can, vinegar, yogurt, honey, salt, pepper, vanilla extract, and nutmeg; blend until smooth.

Assemble the salad by tossing together the mixed greens, spinach, pear slices, dried cherries, feta cheese, and walnuts in a serving bowl. Serve with dressing on the side.