Sam’s Summer Pear, Walnut & Goat Cheese Salad With Maple Vinaigrette Dressing

By June 23, 2016recommends

It’s summertime and in my house, that means more greens!  Since I live in a world of vegetarians, salads are usually part of our meals anyway.  But, when you are not in the mood for a “traditional” meal, and are craving something crunchy, easy to digest in 102 degrees and with a bit a tang, give this one a try.  This is for you, Samantha.  I have heard that if you build it they will come…So, Sam, if I make it will you come home for a visit?

Yield: serves 4-6 (depending on how much you love salad!)


  • 1 head of arugula lettuce (or other favorite green)
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce (or other favorite green)
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1 sliced green apple
  • 3 pears, sliced
  • 3 oz. herb goat cheese, crumbled
  • 5 oz. candied walnuts



Place lettuce and cucumbers in a salad bowl.  Top with apple slices, pears, goat chees and walnuts.


Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch freshly cracked pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss salad with desired amount of dressing.

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