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Pear & Apple Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette Vegan Gluten Free

Makes: 8-10 servings

Pears, apples and nuts on a bed of tender greens with a fruity vinaigrette.


  • 12 cups mixed salad greens
  • 3 pears
  • 2 apples
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ small turnip, grated or matchstick slices
  • ½ cup your choice of nut (walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc.), coarsely chopped
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • ½ cup minced dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp minced shallot or red onion
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp chopped rosemary
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Cracked pepper, to taste


  • Combine the cider vinegar, cranberry juice, cranberries, shallot, sugar, rosemary, olive oil and salt and pepper. Let the dressing stand for the flavors to meld.
  • Core and slice apples and pears into bite sized pieces. Put fruit in a dish, add lemon juice and enough water to cover the fruit. Set-aside.
  • Wash greens in very cold water and spin dry. Just before serving, drain the pears and apples well. Toss together in a large bowl with the salad greens and turnip. Sprinkle with nuts.
  • Add dressing and toss well to coat greens, or serve salad with dressing on the side.
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