This spinach, pear and toasted pecan salad is my go-to, quick and easy dinner salad. Made with sliced pears, toasted pecans, and Boursin cheese, this salad has my favorite combination of sweet, salty and tangy flavors along with creamy and crunchy textures.
This salad comes together in five minutes using staples I usually have on hand: pre-washed baby spinach, maple cinnamon toasted pecans, sliced pears, Boursin cheese, maple syrup, and homemade creamy caesar salad dressing. Please note that this recipe is not an advertisement for Boursin cheese.
Recipe serves 4 people.
Spinach, Pear and Toasted Pecan Salad with Boursin Cheese Recipe
Creamy and crunchy, this spinach, pear and toasted pecan salad with Boursin cheese is delicious enough for a special meal and quick enough for any weeknight.
Cut pears in half, remove core, and slice into thin strips
Roughly chop maple cinnamon toasted pecans
Combine creamy caesar salad dressing and maple syrup in the bottom of a medium size salad bowl
Top salad dressing mixture with pre-washed baby spinach
Arrange sliced pears, chopped pecans and crumbled Boursin cheese on top of baby spinace
Toss salad to evenly distribute dressing and serve
*Note: Spinach and pears consistently test positive for pesticide residues, including organophosphate pesticides. That is why I choose to buy organic or pesticide free versions at my grocery store. Read more about pesticides and produce.
Tested and delicious substitutions:
- Goat cheese or any other mild and creamy soft cheese works well in place of Boursin
- Baby arugula is an excellent substitution for baby spinach leaves
Serving salad to children
This spinach and pear salad is easily deconstructed and served with the ingredients separated for picky eaters (like my 3 year old). Research conducted at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab has shown that children have different preferences than adults for how food is served. And when children like how food is presented, they are more likely to eat and enjoy it. Read full article on plating food for kids: why deconstructed meals work.
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