Arugula is one of those greens that you either love or hate. If you’re a hater, that’s okay. You can either stop reading now, or be clever and substitute another green, like spinach, for the arugula. This salad will still be fantastic.
There are just so many great flavors going on in this salad. The sweet pear offsets the bitterness of the greens perfectly and the parmesan cheese, walnuts, and balsamic dressing all compliment each other well.
Try it. You’ll be happy you did.Print
Arugula salad with grilled pear & balsamic vinaigrette
A fresh and tasty salad full of flavor
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 2 large salads 1x
- Category: Salad
- Cuisine: American
for the salad
- 6 cups baby arugula
- ~1/4 cup toasted walnuts
- 1 medium pear, sliced (you want a ripe, but firm pear)
- extra virgin olive oil
- ~2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese (shaved would work nicely, too)
for the dressing
- 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- To toast the walnuts, heat in a small pan over medium heat until they are fragrant and start to brown.
- Tim doesn’t like walnuts, so he got almonds instead.
- To grill the pears, first brush each slice with a small amount of olive oil on both sides. Then, place them on the grill over medium heat (350-450 degrees). Grill for just one minute per side. Be careful, as the pear slices will get mushy fast if you overcook them.
- We also had some grilled chicken breasts for dinner. We added the pears at the very end of their cooking time.
- Remove the pears from the grill and cut into strips to add to the salad.
To Assemble the Salad:
On each plate, place some arugula leaves, walnuts, parmesan cheese, and pear strips. Drizzle with the vinaigrette.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 391
- Sugar: 23g
- Sodium: 114mg
- Fat: 28.5g
- Carbohydrates: 32g
- Protein: 7g
Keywords: pear salad
I’m in love with salads that have fruit and nuts in them. You just can’t go wrong. Grill one of the fruits, and wow, you have a seriously delicious salad.
Now if only I could get this little girl to give salad a try.
She has no interest in salads and won’t even entertain the idea of taking a bite, yet we have salads most nights with our dinner. I’d love for her to enjoy them with us. Of course, I know arugula might not be the best green for a toddler because of its strong flavor, but she won’t even try regular lettuce.
To all you parents out there who have been there, done that: at what age did your child(ren) start enjoying salads? Any tips to get the little one to try one?