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Arugula Pear Salad Recipe with Honey Vinaigrette Dressing

This arugula pear salad recipe is a bright and fresh appetizer or side dish, with arugula greens, sliced pears, walnuts, tossed with a 5-minute honey vinaigrette dressing. It’s both simple and elegant, with a nice flavor combination from the peppery arugula and sweet pears and honey.

I absolutely love making this salad when pears are in season, it makes the perfect starter or light lunch. Serve this salad with some toasted simple sourdough or alongside your favorite protein for a nice meal.

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I absolutely love the flavor combination of pears and arugula – they balance each other so nicely tossed in this salad. The arugula has a wonderful peppery slightly bitter taste, which is a great vehicle for a sweet dressing and fresh fruit like pears.

I added some goat cheese to this salad too, for a wonderfully deep savory salty flavor in each bite.

Don’t be intimidated by making your own salad dressing, either! This super simple vinaigrette is made with pantry staple ingredients and only takes 5 minutes to make. Once I started making my own salad dressings at home, I haven’t bought any bottled dressings from the store. It’s amazing what a fresh dressing does to a salad!

This Arugula Pear Salad with Honey Vinaigrette Dressing Is

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Sweet & Savory
  • Easy to Make
  • Requires No Cooking
  • Ready in about 15 Minutes
  • Vegetarian
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A Fancy Salad Recipe You’ll Make Again & Again

We absolutely love big bold salads, with fresh flavors and bold dressings. This arugula pear salad is the perfect combination of savory with pops of sweetness from fresh fruit and raw honey.

There are NO boring salads here, we bring our best ingredients to each & every salad pairing. Some are light and delicate, some are hearty and satisfying. Browse through all our easy salad recipes to find your next favorite.

What’s In This Pear and Arugula Salad Recipe?

I get fresh produce from my garden and from Misfits Market– they sell fantastic fruit, vegetables, & pantry staples at a discounted price. We get Misfit boxes every other week and love picking out favorite produce for delivery. Get $10 off your first box here!

What’s a Vegan Alternative to Honey?

You can substitute out the honey in this recipe for agave nectar or maple syrup. I prefer agave nectar, it’s my go-to kitchen sweetener because it’s thick, absolutely delicious, and buying organic agave is inexpensive online (compared to other organic sweeteners).  It also bakes well, so I like to add it to my baked goods.

To make this salad vegan, omit the goat cheese or substitute in a plant-based cheese instead.

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How Do I Make This Pear and Arugula Salad Recipe?

  1. Add the arugula greens to a large serving bowl. Top with the sliced pears, goat cheese, and walnuts. 
  2. In a small mixing bowl or mason jar (I prefer using a jar), add all the salad dressing ingredients and mix well to combine. 
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad, and toss well to every leaf of arugula is coated in dressing.
  4. Add fresh black pepper to the top of the salad, and serve immediately. 

A Fresh Side Dish Everyone Will Love

This arugula pear salad is one of our favorite Easy Entertaining Recipes –  it’s a crowd-pleaser dish that is always a major hit with company. These delicious recipes are perfect to treat your guests (or treat yourself!) when you have a special occasion for dinner.

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Arugula Pear Salad with Honey Vinaigrette Dressing

Kelly Jensen
This arugula pear salad recipe is a bright and fresh appetizer or side dish, with arugula greens, sliced pears, walnuts, tossed with a 5-minute honey vinaigrette dressing. It’s both simple and elegant, with a nice flavor combination from the peppery arugula and sweet pears and honey.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 250 kcal

Equipment

  • Serving Bowl
  • Salad Tongs

Ingredients
  

For the Arugula Pear Salad

  • 5 ounces arugula washed
  • 2 pears sliced
  • 4 ounces goat cheese plain chevre, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • Black Pepper for taste

For the Honey Vinaigrette Dressing

Instructions
 

  • Add the arugula greens to a large serving bowl. Top with the sliced pears, goat cheese, and walnuts.
  • In a small mixing bowl or mason jar (I prefer using a jar), add all the salad dressing ingredients and mix well to combine.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad, and toss well to every leaf of arugula is coated in dressing.
  • Add fresh black pepper to the top of the salad, and serve immediately.

Notes

Save Money on Fresh Groceries & Pantry Staples!

I get all the fresh produce for my recipes from my garden and from Misfits Market – they sell organic produce at a discounted price, and it’s purchased direct from farmers to reduce food waste. We get Misfit boxes every other week and love picking out our favorite seasonal produce for delivery.  You can save up to 40% off grocery store prices.
If you think produce delivery is too expensive… think again, and give Misfits Market a try!

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 6gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 183mgPotassium: 215mgFiber: 3gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 773IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 1mg
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