Roasted Spiced Pear Salad

Recipe number 2 of my Thanksgiving feature is coming at ya today, you know just like the Rush Hour Renegades. Children of the late 80s and early 90s, you get that right?

Roasted Pear Salad. Spiced up with ginger and cinnamon. Perfect for a fall lunch or a starter for Thanksgiving dinner.

Roasted Pear Salad. Spiced up with ginger and cinnamon. Perfect for a fall lunch or a starter for Thanksgiving dinner.

I so just dated myself.

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Roasted Spiced Pear Salad

Anywho… back to the recipe- Roasted Spiced Pear Salad. This is another recipe like my Roasted Gingered Butternut Squash Soup that would make an excellent starter for Thanksgiving dinner. I must admit though, this salad has been my lunch of choice a lot lately because it’s warm. Salad for me generally isn’t a cold weather food unless I can find some way to make it toasty. Like this one.

Roasted Pear Salad. Spiced up with ginger and cinnamon. Perfect for a fall lunch or a starter for Thanksgiving dinner.

Roasted Pear Salad.

The greens are all served room temperature or so. I just take the spinach out of the fridge while I am preparing my pear and let it sit on my counter. Then, I halve my pear, sprinkle it with cinnamon and ginger and pop it into a 400 degree oven for ten minutes or so. And presto, WARM, roasted pear to sit on top of the salad and provide comfort during lunch time.

Roasted Pear Salad. Spiced up with ginger and cinnamon. Perfect for a fall lunch or a starter for Thanksgiving dinner.

Roasted Pear Salad.

For me, this salad provides an extra degree of comfort aside from the warmth of the spiced roasted pear. It’s inspired by a restaurant that my hubs and I went to for date nights when we were in college and first married. Sadly, the cute little cafe that we used to go to on our favorite local historic main street has closed, but I have many fond memories of sitting in the window seat watch Christmas carolers stroll by or coming in for a late lunch after class. This little cafe used to serve this spiced apple salad during the fall that was one of my favorites.

Roasted Pear Salad. Spiced up with ginger and cinnamon. Perfect for a fall lunch or a starter for Thanksgiving dinner.

Roasted Pear Salad.

Since that cafe is a thing of the past, I decided to make my own version of the salad. I did a pretty good job, if I do say so myself. Good enough to eat this salad for lunch at least 4 days a week and good enough to consider having as a Thanksgiving appetizer. The ginger and cinnamon on the warm, roasted pears elevates this salad and makes it holiday worthy. In fact, it feels a sinful as a salad can feel, but it’s actually healthy. You can’t go wrong.

Roasted Pear Salad. A healthy fall lunch or the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving dinner.

Roasted Pear Salad.

Roasted Spiced Pear Salad

Roasted Pear Salad. A healthy fall lunch or the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving dinner.

The star of the salad- the roasted pear.

Ingredients (makes 1 entree sized salad or 2 appetizer servings; recipe is easily doubled or tripled)

  • 1 pear
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 3 cups of spinach
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of dried cranberries
  • 1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar

How to Make:

  1. For best results, soak two heaping tablespoons of dried cranberries in 1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar overnight covered in the fridge. However, if this is a day of decision to make, soak the cranberries in an 1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar when you preheat the oven. Pull the greens out of the fridge now to take the chill off.
  2. Preheat the oven 400.
  3. Wash the pear and slice it half length wise. Scoop the seeds and core of the pear out with a spoon. Sprinkle the flesh of the pear with the ginger and the cinnamon.
  4. Roast the pear cut side down for 10 minutes or until the skin turns golden.
  5. Remove the pear from the oven and slice or cube. Serve over 3 cups of spinach. Toss with walnuts and the balsamic cranberries. Top with additional balsamic vinegar if desired. Enjoy while warm.

Another Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe You May Like: Roasted Gingered Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Gingered Butternut Squash Soup. Perfect for Thanksgiving or a chilly night.

Roasted Gingered Butternut Squash Soup. Perfect for Thanksgiving or a chilly night.

Thanksgiving Desserts You May Like: Pumpkin Cheesecake

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake. Made with Mascarpone and Ricotta.

A bite of festive fall flavor. Pumpkin cheesecake.

Pumpkin Unrollie Cake

Pumpkin Roll Cake

Pumpkin Unrollie Cake

Other Salads You May Like: Roasted Summer Vegetable Salad

Roasted Summer Vegetable Salad with Roasted Corn on the Cob, Cherry Tomatoes and Bell Peppers drizzled with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Roasted Summer Vegetable Salad with Roasted Corn on the Cob, Cherry Tomatoes and Bell Peppers drizzled with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Roasted Summer Vegetable Salad with Roasted Corn on the Cob, Cherry Tomatoes and Bell Peppers drizzled with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Warm Caprese Eggplant Salad

Warm Caprese Eggplant Salad. A taste of summer warmed up for fall.

A little, savory slice of heaven. Warm Caprese eggplant salad.

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Comments: 16

  1. Sarah November 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm Reply

    Such a gorgeous (and delicious) recipe! I love pears any way they come.

    • SensationallySeasonal November 11, 2013 at 8:23 am Reply

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving me such a lovely comment Sarah!

  2. Cindy Eikenberg November 11, 2013 at 7:48 am Reply

    Jenna, I love pears and it’s wonderful to see them in such a beautiful salad, because I don’t think they get enough love. This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing and pinning – have a fabulous Monday!

    • SensationallySeasonal November 11, 2013 at 8:22 am Reply

      Thanks Cindy! I agree! Happy Monday!

  3. Caroline @ Anchored In His Grace November 11, 2013 at 7:58 am Reply

    This looks great! I’ve pinned it, and can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing this :)

    • SensationallySeasonal November 11, 2013 at 8:22 am Reply

      Thanks for stopping by and pinning Caroline!

  4. Mommy on Demand November 11, 2013 at 8:56 am Reply

    I love fruit in my salads! What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • SensationallySeasonal November 11, 2013 at 8:01 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope you get to try it!

  5. Jenn @ We Do Fun Here November 11, 2013 at 9:55 am Reply

    This looks so good, I am thinking about making a bigger salad for Thanksgiving and adding pears! Awesome idea & thanks for sharing! Pinned :)

    ~ Jenn

    • SensationallySeasonal November 11, 2013 at 8:01 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Jenn! I will probably double this recipe for Thanksgiving but I think there will only be four of us.

  6. Britni November 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm Reply

    Your photos are gorgeous. Can you tell me where you take them..? It looks like a kitchen counter with a white wall behind but my kitchen isn’t that pretty. :)

    • SensationallySeasonal November 12, 2013 at 9:56 am Reply

      Haha Britni- I’ll tell you a secret: my kitchen is that pretty either. I bought two tiles from Lowes that I use as my “countertop” in my food pictures and the white “wall” is a white poster board.

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  8. carolinaheartstrings November 13, 2013 at 10:25 am Reply

    OMG that sounds and looks fantastic. A new favorite. Come and visit us. We have a fantastic contest this week. We are giving away a Delta faucet and you would love it for your kitchen!

  9. karin November 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm Reply

    another great looking recipe!
    Thanks for linking up to Twirl and Take A Bow! http://arttisbeauty.blogspot.com/2013/11/twirl-and-take-bow-link-party-65.html
    Hugs
    Karin

    • SensationallySeasonal November 18, 2013 at 8:15 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Karin!

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