Pear Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette-SRC Dishing the Divine


Guess what?  Bonus post from me.  Motorcycles and recipes in the same day, wow.  Why?  Sadly one of our Group D Secret Recipe Club members was orphaned.  Is that not the saddest word?  Images of poor Oliver Twist come to my mind “more please”.  It breaks my heart.  No one should be orphaned!

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I was almost orphaned myself last week but CookLisaCook came to my rescue, now it’s my turn to be the heroine.  When Amanda’s call came out, it was right at lunch time…perfect!  I quickly scanned Dishing the Divine to see what Paula had to offer for a great lunch time recipe and one that I would have the ingredients for (I am completely out of eggs…).

I spied the Pear Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing and remembered that I had one lonely pear in my fridge.  It’s a little worse for the wear but it would do.  I didn’t have any of the recommended cheeses but I had some feta, bingo!

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Paula has a lovely site with some amazing photos…I’m envious.  In her ‘About Me’ section she mentioned that she would have to ask her mom, are we having real or plastic noodles (read: homemade versus purchased).  How cute is that?   Paula was lucky to have an excellent cook for her mom, influencing her cooking now.

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Paula originally got this recipe from (such a great source for recipes).  Paula, you are no longer orphaned and I’m happy to be a part of your family now.  I’m so glad you threw your hat into the food blogging world!

And yes, the salad is wonderful, a perfect lunch!

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Pear Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing
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  1. several cups of mixed salad greens
  2. 1 pear, thinly sliced
  3. 1 orange, peeled and thinly sliced (or use candied oranges)
  4. 2 ounces crumbly cheese (gorgonzola, blue cheese, white cheddar, etc….FETA in my case)
  5. 1/2 cup pecans
  6. 1/4 cup white sugar
  7. 1/3 cup olive oil
  8. 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  9. 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  10. 1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  11. 1 clove garlic, minced
  12. 1/2 tsp salt
  13. fresh ground pepper to taste
  1. Place the baby greens in a large, flat bowl. Top with pear slices, oranges, and cheese.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, stir 1/4 cup of sugar together with the pecans. Continue stirring gently until sugar has melted and caramelized the pecans. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper. Allow to cool and break into pieces. Sprinkle over the salad.
  3. For the dressing, blend oil, vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, mustard, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper.
  4. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and pass additional dressing at the table.
Adapted from Allrecipes and Dishing the Divine.
Adapted from Allrecipes and Dishing the Divine.
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13 Responses to Pear Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette-SRC Dishing the Divine

  1. Paula @ Dishing the Divine October 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    YAY! YOU RESCUED ME! 🙂 Thanks for pulling me out of the orphanage and dressing me up with classy pictures and fun stories. So worth the wait! 🙂 I can’t wait to tell my readers about your fun site! 🙂

  2. Shirley October 31, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Thank you for coming to the rescue of an ‘orphaned’ Secret Recipe Club member. You did a wonderful write up and selected a great recipe from all of those Paula has tested and included in her Dishing the Divine blog. Paula, by the way, is my daughter 🙂 She pours her heart and soul into perfecting her recipes and then spends countless hours behind the camera trying to take the best picture possible to give the reader/baker a sense of what the final dish should look like.

    • Giggles October 31, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

      Shirley, Thank you for the kind response, glad to help Paula out. You can tell Paula really cares about what she does.

  3. Shirley October 31, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Thank you for coming to the rescue of an ‘orphaned’ Secret Recipe Club member. You did an excellent write up and chose a wonderful meal from all of those tested and blogged by Paula on Dishing the Divine. By the way, I am Paula’s mom:) Paula pours her heart and soul into her cooking experiences and then spends countless hours behind the camera taking fabulous photos of her dishes.

  4. nicole spaz October 31, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    looks good. I love pear in salads.

  5. Gretchen October 31, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    Great job! Filling-in last minute is pretty fun…the salad looks very yummy 🙂

  6. Kelley October 31, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    I love the way you composed the salad! Very pretty.

  7. SallyBR November 1, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    Nice to “meet” you through the SRC! Thanks for stopping by at the BK, and we do have to get some collaboration going with our cauldrons.. 🙂

    After reading your “About” page, I realized what I’m missing: I need a Kitchen Witch hanging on the wall, so that I’ll be able to bake a cake without risking ruining the known universe!



  8. amy @ fearless homemaker November 1, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    ooh, this pear salad looks absolutely delicious. your pictures are gorgeous!

  9. Kelly November 3, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Oh wow this pear salad looks amazing, what a great choice for SRC! 🙂

  10. Gitte November 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Looks refreshing, light and delicious…in short…wonderful.

  11. CJ at Food Stories April 24, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    This salad looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Giggles April 24, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      It’s wonderful and with the warmer weather around these kinds of salads are perfect.