The holiday season is in full swing and eating healthy might get thrown on the back burner because things get busy. This simple Beet Pear and Maple Pecan Salad is so easy and packed with flavor it’s perfect for weeknight, the weekend with a glass of wine, or even your holiday party! Yes you can even make the Candied Maple Pecans and still have this on the table in less then 15 minutes!
I love a good salad and to me that’s one packed with flavor, texture, and nutrition. Anything but a “boring salad”. I’m still really curious what’s in these boring salads people eat because mine are always far from boring. I like to use seasonal produce, since it not only tastes the best is easy to get my hands on and keeps things interesting. Come fall and winter I love packing in the apples, pears, cranberries, pomegranates, citrus fruit, beets, and squash. This salad uses a few of those and more.
As I said this Beet Pear and Maple Pecan Salad can be pulled together in less then 15 minutes! First start by making the pecans so they have a little time to cool, they take less then 5 minutes and while they cool you assemble the rest of the salad. To make it quick and easy either purchase already cooked beets, like Love Beets, or Trader Joes carries regular ones as well as golden ones now already roasted! Otherwise you can batch cook them ahead if you do meal prep. I do this when we have a lot in our garden, which we had our best beet year ever I think this year. You can use all one color I just like to add fun with both colors. Slice or chop your pear and you’re ready to assemble your salads. I like to use arugula in this one but if you aren’t a fan of it’s mild peppery taste you can use spinach or another green. I like to rotate my greens to keep things fun and change up the nutrition profile. You can either toss your greens with a little balsamic vinegar or dressing or drizzle it over the top. Top your greens with beets, pears, crumble on some ricotta (I use dairy free/vegan Kite Hill if you aren’t dairy free you might also like feta in this salad or a creamy goat cheese), sprinkle with dried cranberries and last the Candied Maple Pecans! So many flavors and textures it’s far from boring!
As I said above you can sub another cheese, if you have apples you want to use up you can use them in place of pears as well. For dressing I typically make my own (balsamic vinegar, oil, salt and pepper) or use straight balsamic which I did in this case using a Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinegar. You can also use any balsamic style dressing you like or have on hand.
This makes a quick and easy healthy weeknight meal or is even fancy enough to impress dinner guests or bring to a holiday gathering. I made the recipe for 2 but it’s easy with the quantities to increase for 4, 8, or more! Serving is for a dinner salad, if serving as a side or at a gathering it would be 4 servings instead of 2.
While I was craving a salad when I threw this together I was also secretly looking for a way to enjoy more of the Candied Maple Pecans that I already ate too many of that weekend. Throwing them on this salad that I throw together often brings it to the next level as well as mixing up the greens. If you like salads like this search the blog as I have many more like it with beets, pears, apples, oranges, ect. Just search beet salads, pear salads, another ingredient you love, or just salad.
As far as the Candied Maple Pecans, they disappear as fast as you make them if you share them with friends, or hoard for yourself. Perfect for the holidays and adding to pretty much anything. While the recipe for them below makes about 2 cups you only use 1/2 a cup in this salad. I have a couple other recipes that use them as an option which I will link back here and will add to this post as I share them. I’m also working on another one. I’m sorry in advance if you become as addicted to them as everyone I’ve shared them with. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve shared the recipe for them.
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