spinach, pear and toasted pecan salad recipe

Spinach, Pear and Toasted Pecan Salad with Boursin Cheese

Meredith 12:27 pm

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.

spinach, pear and toasted pecan salad with Boursin cheese

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

5 from 6 votes
spinach, pear and toasted pecan salad recipe
Spinach, Pear and Toasted Pecan Salad with Boursin Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

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.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy salad recipe, spinach salad with boursin cheese
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 295 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut pears in half, remove core, and slice into thin strips

  2. Roughly chop maple cinnamon toasted pecans

  3. Combine creamy caesar salad dressing and maple syrup in the bottom of a medium size salad bowl

  4. Top salad dressing mixture with pre-washed baby spinach

  5. Arrange sliced pears, chopped pecans and crumbled Boursin cheese on top of baby spinace

  6. 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.

deconstructed spinach and pear salad for children

Nutrition information (per serving, 4 servings):

  • 295 calories
  • 2 g added sugar
  • 4.6 g fiber
  • 3.5 g protein
  • 200 mg sodium
  • 24 g fat

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spinach pear and toasted pecan salad with boursin cheese

14 Comments

  1. I don’t use Boursin cheese often enough! I can see how it would pair beautifully with the pear and pecans! Can’t wait to make it!

  2. Pears are one of my favorite fruits and I really like them in salads. I love all the components.

  3. It’s like you took a bunch of my favourites things and turned it into one dish – love it!

  4. Looks like a healthy, winning salad with the spring and summer seasons ahead! Love Boursin cheese too 🙂 Thanks for the recipe inspiration!

  5. It really looks so fresh and tasty 🙂

  6. Boursin cheese is soooo yummy! This salad looks great!

  7. The ingredients in this salad are perfect! I am a huge fan Boursin and so is my family! Definitely giving this a try!

  8. Your salad looks so yummy. Can I say I’ve never heard of Boursin cheese? Loving the flavors of this salad and your pics are so good!

    • Thanks Jessica! Boursin is one of our favorite soft cheeses… great for parties and a simple snack with crackers (not an ad – just a family favorite!). However, a mild goat cheese will also work well in this salad!

  9. Such a great combo. I love pear and spinach salads. Perfect!

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