Red Pear, Goat Cheese, and Candied Pecan Salad {with Raspberry Vinaigrette}

easy button pear salad 2ed 600We could also call this “The Best Ever ‘Easy Button’ Salad” too.

Because it is.

My friend Lara said to me once, “I totally pressed the Easy Button today and bought a rotisserie chicken for dinner”, and that got me thinking. . . . Yes. Easy button foods are good. Especially for this time of year.

So, we’re pressing the Easy Button here, because when we press it, it’s like a big breath of stressed air gushes out and relief replaces it.

I’m serious about this salad. Add it to your holiday dinner menu.

We’re buying the dressing. Some day, I’ll figure out to make my own raspberry vinaigrette – because homemade is healthier, yada yada yada. But right now, we’re using this → Because it’s awesome. End of story.

You can either buy or make your candied pecans, then you’re slicing and placing various delicious accoutrements – that’s it. Your guests will rave about the resulting salad-come-party-platter.

Northwest peeps? I envy you right now, because I used Red D’Anjou pears in this arrangement. They are both beautiful and delicious in such a softly sweet, unassuming, delicate way – and they are grown in your neck of the woods October-December (As I gather from my super extensive, one-click, internet research anyway).

So here it is. I strongly encourage you to add it to your menu.


Red Pear, Goat Cheese, and Candied Pecan Salad {with Raspberry Vinaigrette}

Rating: 51

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 8-10 sides

This salad is a version of one that's found in so so many places, but it's so easy and beautiful. The D'Anjou pears are a highlight - as are the pecans and the dressing. You just can't go wrong. Above all - it's EASY! Hallelujah for easy. 🙂


  • 1 or 2 Red D'Anjou pears
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • A large smattering of salad greens. I used 8-10 oz. organic spring salad mix
  • 1/2 to 1 cup candied pecans
  • 3 oz crumbled goat cheese
  • 6-8 oz raspberry vinaigrette (I used Marie's - because YUM, and EASY. Find it in the refrigerated dressing section in your grocery store).


First, prepare your pears by slicing them thinly and placing them in a medium sized bowl. Pour lemon juice and apple juice over them, then toss gently to coat each slice. This prevents browning and keeps them pretty.

Next, pile your greens on your serving platter. Drizzle with a little dressing. (Don't overdo it, you're going to do more later to make it all pretty!). Then sprinkle on most of the pecans and goat cheese, reserving a little of each for the final presentation. Arrange your pear slices over the top and drizzle dressing again. Top with the remaining goat cheese and nuts to make it beautiful, and lastly, top with some fresh groung black pepper. Voila. Beautiful, delicious salad.


Sara|Home is Where The Cookies Are

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