Mixed Greens with Pears, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries and Spiced Pecans - A delicious salad recipe made with mixed baby greens, pears, goat cheese, dried cranberries and amazing spiced pecans!

Today we’re sharing an amazing salad recipe for Mixed Greens with Pears, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries and Spiced Pecans.  This is a quick and super delicious salad that makes our guests go crazy (in a good way) anytime we serve it!

Sweet, juicy Bartlett pear slices are mixed with tart dried cranberries, and some thinly sliced red onions help balance the sweetness of the two fruits.  The whole salad is lightly tossed with our go-to Favorite Vinaigrette – a versatile dressing made with Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar that complements just about any salad you can make!  Finally, creamy goat cheese is sprinkled on top, along with our terrific spiced pecans that are salt, sweet and spicy all at the same time!

Mixed Greens with Pears, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries and Spiced Pecans - A delicious salad recipe made with mixed baby greens, pears, goat cheese, dried cranberries and amazing spiced pecans!

This salad is a wonderful combination of textures and flavors, and we’ve been asked for this recipe so often!  This salad can also be varied a bit with different cheeses (blue cheese is a great substitution for the goat cheese and adds more tanginess to the salad) or different dressings (a balsamic vinaigrette is another delicious option for this salad).

Served with some warm crusty bread, this salad is a very filling lunch, or it would be a great start to a dinner party!

(Just be prepared to share the recipe with your guests!)

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Mixed Greens with Pears, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries and Spiced Pecans

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1 5-ounce bag mixed baby greens
  • 2 ripe Bartlett pears
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup very thinly sliced red onion
  • Our Favorite Vinaigrette (see recipe) or other salad dressing of your choice such as a balsamic vinaigrette
  • ¾ cup Spiced Pecans (see recipe)
  • ¾ cup crumbled goat cheese (blue cheese may also be substituted)

Instructions

  1. Place the mixed baby greens in a large bowl.
  2. Peel the pears and cut into thin slices, removing the core and any seeds.
  3. Add the pear slices, cranberries and sliced red onion to the bowl with the greens. Toss with enough Favorite Vinaigrette to lightly coat everything in the bowl.
  4. Sprinkle the Spiced Pecans and the goat cheese over the top of the tossed salad.
  5. Serve immediately.

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  • Carol | a cup of mascarpone wrote:

    What a LOVELY salad! I love all the combo of flavors. I have never added goat cheese to my salads…must try it now!

  • Julia wrote:

    There’s nothing like a fresh, crisp and filling salad and this one looks incredible! I have everything I need except for the pecans, but I do have a freezer full of walnuts, so I’m making this for dinner tonight!

  • Shiloh Barkley wrote:

    Holy shit. This is so good I had to stop eating it to comment!

    • Martha wrote:

      LOL – thanks Shiloh! Glad you liked the recipe!

  • del bergen wrote:

    Any suggestions on a good wine that goes well with this salad?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Del – Although I’m definitely not a wine expert, I’d probably pair it with a wine that has some acidity to balance the flavor of the goat cheese – a crisp white wine like a Sauvignon Blanc or a lighter, fruity Chardonnay. Or if you prefer reds…again, look for something fruity (maybe a Cabernet or even a Rose)! Hope that helps!

  • Marilou Vardeman wrote:

    Thanks for so many amazing recipes! I refer everyone to this website as there hasn’t been anything that hasn’t turned out to be the best I’ve ever had.

    Every time I make this salad and vinaigrette I get tons of requests for the recipe.

    Also, I’ve made the Turkey Tetrazini several times with Tuna for my picky 15 year old and she wants to eat it for every meal!

    Thanks again!
    Marilou

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you so much Marilou! We’re so glad you are enjoying our recipes and we greatly appreciate you sending others our way! As the mom of a picky 9 year old, I feel your pain! 🙂 Thanks for writing to us today!

  • Maureen Muir wrote:

    I love this salad, and so do our family and friends. I cannot do red wine vinegar, so I used champagne vinegar. A little more pricey, but a great complement to the flavors in this salad!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Maureen! So glad you found a substitute that works! (We love using champagne vinegar too!)

  • Kim wrote:

    Fantastic, delicious salad. Will definitely add this dish to my holiday menus.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kim – glad you enjoyed the salad!

  • Leesahh wrote:

    I made this salad fro the first time and it was to die for!!! I also used the Favorite Vinaigrette to go with and it paired nicely. I did not have time to make the spiced pecans and so I used regular ones and I felt like they did the trick as there was a lot of the things going on in the salad. Yummm!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Leesahh! 🙂

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