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A large salad of radicchio, fresh pears, goat cheese, pecans, and pomegranate in a gold bowl on a linen tablecloth.

Pear and Radicchio Salad


  • Author: Laura
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

A vibrant pear and radicchio salad. Sweet pears combine with bitter radicchio, tangy goat cheese, sweet-tart pomegranate arils, toasted pecans, and a quick and simple vinaigrette. A simple, healthy, seasonal Fall salad and a perfect festive side dish for Thanksgiving and holiday dinners. Gluten free and vegan friendly.


Ingredients

Scale

For the radicchio salad

  • 1 medium head radicchio
  • 2 medium pears, sliced ¹
  • 2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 cup pecans ²

For the champagne vinaigrette


Instructions

  1. Start by removing any wilted outer leaves from the radicchio before roughly chopping or tearing the remaining leaves into bite sized pieces. Add the radicchio to a large bowl.
  2. Layer the radicchio with the pear slices, goat cheese, pomegranate, and pecans. Set aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl or lidded jar, combine the vinaigrette ingredients. Whisk or shake well until fully combined and emulsified.
  4. Lightly toss the salad with the vinaigrette (you may have extra). Season to taste with salt and pepper. ⁴ Enjoy!!

Notes

¹ Look for Anjou or Bartlett pears, which are great for salads and eating fresh. I typically slice the pears into thick wedges, but you can also cut the pear into square bite size chunks. A round 1/2 tsp measuring spoon works great for coring the pears.

² Toast the pecans before adding to the salad for extra nutty flavor. Bake on a sheet pan for 5-10 mins at 350℉. Or place in a dry skillet over medium heat and toast for 2-5 minutes. Candied pecans would also be tasty.

³ You can also use a good quality white or traditional balsamic vinegar.

⁴ Salt helps temper bitterness and brings out more flavor – don’t be afraid to season the salad and the dressing (to taste) before serving.

  • Category: Salads
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pear and radicchio salad, goat cheese, pomegranate, pecan, healthy, homemade vinaigrette, bitter