Pear and Pecan Winter Salad

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Winter salad is almost an oxymoron where I live because hardly anything grows here in the winter.  There are plenty of grocery stores that have fruits and vegetables but most are grown south of here.  While I will certainly eat a salad in the winter it isn’t my favorite time to do so.  I like being able to go to the farmer’s markets and get fresh vegetables in the summer.

Pear and Pecan Winter Salad

Which is why I was really surprised when I looked through my blog and found that I actually had quite a few winter salads already on it.  I have a Winter Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette , a Winter Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette , a Winter Fruit Salad with Vanilla Scented Lemon Drizzle , and a Cranberry Pecan Salad . How yummy do all of those sound?

Since I already had two winter salads with citrus plus one with cranberries I didn’t want to use any of those in my salad this time around.   As usual I built my salad from the bottom up.  I started with a mix of greens.   You can use whatever is available at the store and looks good.

Dig into this Pear and Pecan Winter Salad

After that I generally like to have a fruit, a cheese, and something crunchy.  When looking at winter fruits I chose between apples and pears.  I feel like apples are more fall like so I went with the underrated pears.   Then I grabbed a container of blue cheese crumbles because I thought it would go well with the pears.  For crunch I added in some pecan halves.  Nuts are always good for crunch because they hold up well in salads and are available year round. 

I was pretty excited with how this Pear and Pecan Winter Salad was going to taste but it looked pretty plain.   The colors were all similar so it didn’t have anything to catch the eye.  To curb that I grabbed a container of pomegranate seeds (arils) and tossed them with the salad.  It was the perfect pop of color and added a great flavor too.

Pear and Pecan on mixed greens

When I served this salad at home I made a vinaigrette to go with it but when I took a giant bowl to work I simply served it with Italian dressing from a bottle because it was easy to take with me.   I really enjoyed the ease of making this salad but the big flavors it packed.   It’s perfect to brighten up any winter day!

Pear and Pecan Winter Salad

Yield: serves 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Mixed greens tossed with pomegranate arils, crumbled blue cheese, thin pears slices, and pecan halves.


  • 8 c. mixed greens
  • 2 pears, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c. blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 c. pecan halves
  • 1/3 c. pomegranate arils
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • Dressing


  1. In a large bowl toss the mixed greens with the pears, blue cheese, pecans, pomegrante, and red onions.
  2. Serve with your favorite dressing.


A Hezzi-D original recipe

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 146mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g
Pear and Pecan Winter Salad

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  1. I completely agree that something crunchy in a salad is always good and we always enjoy pecans too. We tend to eat salads year round also. This salad would good to take for lunch.

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