Poached Pear Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

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Poached Pear Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 pears - cut in half and cored
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 ounces spring mix lettuce
  • 1/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese
  • 1/4 cup walnuts - toasted

Maple Mustard Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coarse ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Place 1/4 cup maple syrup and water in medium size saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Add pears cut side down and simmer about 2 to 3 minutes or until just tender.
  • Remove pears from pan.
  • Let cool a bit and slice pears.
  • Add all dressing ingredients to a jar with a lid and shake well.
  • To assemble the salad toss spring mix with of about half of the dressing. Add a bit more if needed. You may not need all of it.
  • Top salad with pear slices, walnuts and cheese.


You can use any type of pear.   I like there red pears in this salad because they look so pretty.  You want make sure the pears are ripe but not too soft. To toast the walnuts, heat in a dry skillet over low to medium heat for just a couple minutes, watching constantly so they don’t burn.  You can also toast in a preheated 325 degree oven.  Place nuts on a baking sheet and toast for about 5 minutes.  Let cool.  You may have extra dressing.   It keeps in the fridge for about a week.  Take out of fridge for 20 minutes to let olive oil come to room temp. Shake well before using.


Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.

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