Monday, October 31, 2011

Time for an Autumn Salad

Isn't a pear just the epitome of fall?  The beautiful colors, the crispness, the sweet flavor. . .

The pear plays the starring role in this autumn salad with pomegranate seeds and candied nuts as supporting accents.  Eat the salad immediately upon tossing so you don't end up with wilted lettuce.

Fall Pear Salad

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 garlic clove, minced

8 cups mixed lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 pear, unpeeled and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons crumbled lowfat Feta cheese (1 ounce)
3 tablespoons pomegranate seeds 
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
2 tablespoons chopped candied pecans or walnuts

Whisk dressing ingredients in small bowl until well blended.  Refrigerate at least one hour to blend flavors if there is time.  Place salad ingredients in large salad bowl.  Pour dressing over them and toss.  Makes 2 large servings, 4 points plus for Weight Watchers or 258 calories each, or 4 smaller servings, 2 points plus or 129 calories each.


  1. Love that you're using seasonal produce (like the pear) and sneaking in a bit of pumpkin puree also.

    Yum, I bet it tasted amazing!

  2. This looks like the salad you served us last night, and it was DELICIOUS! So glad you shared it here!