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Spinach Salad With Pears, Walnuts, and Goat Cheese

Spinach Salad with Pears, Walnuts, and Goat Cheese

Take advantage of pears in season and try a new variety in this twist on a popular dish. A little sweet pear (or apple or dried fig) makes the dressing especially good.


  • 3 Anjou, Bosc, or Comice pears
  • 1/4 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup white-wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon German mustard
  • 1 Teaspoon honey
  • 3/4 Pounds spinach, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Cup walnuts, toasted
  • 4 Ounces goat cheese, crumbled


Chop 1 pear and slice the remaining 2. Put chopped pear, oil, vinegar, mustard, and honey into a blender and purée. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons water, more if needed, to thin for a pourable dressing. Put spinach, onion, walnuts, goat cheese, sliced pears, and dressing into a large bowl and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.