This elegant and delicious fall to winter salad is made with arugula topped with pear slices, candied walnuts, and goat cheese. It’s the perfect salad for holidays, dinner parties, even Thanksgiving.

An arugula salad with pears, walnuts, and goat cheese.

This sweet and savory salad will be your new go-to this fall and winter. The maple apple cider vinaigrette is what makes this salad really special. I made this beautiful salad for a dinner party and it was such a hit. This arugula salad is surprisingly easy to make too. Start with a bag of pre-washed organic baby arugula and add your toppings. Homemade dressings are always best and easier than you may think to whisk together in a bowl or mix in a blender. Other great homemade dressings you need to try are my Lemon Tahini Dressing, Oil Free Balsamic Vinaigrette, Orange Vinaigrette, Green Goddess Dressing, Vegan Caesar Dressing, and Strawberry Balsamic
 

What to Serve with Pear Walnut Arugula Salad

A beautiful dinner party table setting with olive branches, pumpkins, and pomegranates. Perfect for a Thanksgiving table.

I served this beautiful salad at an autumn dinner party along with: Vegan Lasagna and Garlic Bread. It would also be fantastic alongside Butternut Squash Soup or Instant Pot Chili

Yield: Serves 8

Pear, Walnut, and Goat Cheese Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

This elegant and delicious fall to winter salad is made with arugula topped with pear slices, candied walnuts, and goat cheese. It's the perfect salad for holidays, dinner parties, even Thanksgiving.

Pear, Walnut, and Goat Cheese Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Ingredients

Arugula Salad

  • 1 (5 ounce) bag arugula, or other favorite greens
  • 3 pears, sliced
  • 3 oz. herb goat cheese, crumbled
  • 5 oz. candied walnuts (I used Trader Joe's) 

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch freshly cracked pepper

Instructions

  1. Place arugula in a salad bowl. Top with pears, goat cheese, and walnuts.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, syrup, mustard, salt and pepper. Toss salad with desired amount of dressing.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 2mg Sodium: 262mg Carbohydrates: 23g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 14g Protein: 5g
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