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Pear & Hazelnut Salad Recipe

November 18, 2015 ‐ Sylvaine HughsonPosted by ‐ Under: Recipes


Here’s a fresh, colorful and guilt-free recipe to “wow” your friends and family on Thanksgiving.  Enjoy blending together these beautiful and unique ingredients to create a delicious salad full of flavor and texture. Bon Appetit!

Pear Salad

Pear & Hazelnut Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6


For Salad:

1 head organic red leaf lettuce, rinsed and torn into pieces

1 firm organic ripe pear, cored and sliced thin

½ small red onion, sliced into thin rounds

1 cup organic roasted hazelnuts

½ cup crumbled organic feta cheese, optional (or blue cheese)

For Dressing:

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, cold-pressed

2 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced

1 cup fresh organic cranberries

¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, cold-pressed

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 to 4 teaspoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon organic orange zest

½ teaspoon sea salt


1. Place all of the ingredients for the salad in a large bowl.

2. To make the dressing, heat a small skillet over medium heat and add the 2 teaspoons olive oil and sliced shallots.

3. Sauté shallots for 3 to 5 minutes or until soft. Add fresh cranberries and continue to sauté until the cranberries are soft and have “popped”.

4. Place shallot and cranberry mixture into a blender with the orange juice, remainder of the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, orange zest, and sea salt. Blend on high until creamy. Add a few tablespoons of water for a thinner consistency and blend again.

5. Drizzle dressing over salad and serve immediately.

~Courtesy of The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre, MS, CN

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