Autumn Pear Salad

5 from 5 votes

An autumn pear salad is the perfect addition to your holiday spread. It's flavorful, healthy and so easy to throw together with kale, feta, pecans & grapes!

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This Autumn Pear Salad is a seasonally-inspired salad that is loaded with different colors, textures and taste! Salads may be more popular in the summer, but they can be just as delicious in the autumn. It’s all about what seasonal produce you use. Learn how to use what’s seasonal to make an effortless tasty salad!

Final plating of the pear salad with kale, pear, pecans, grapes and feta cheese

What I love about this pear salad is it has pears, which let’s face it, is not really one of the popular fruits to include in salads. But it has a sweet mild flavor, a tender bite and is in season in the fall. All great reasons to include it in the line-up when making a salad this time of year.

How to Make Autumn Pear Salad

Make the dressing

I love getting creative with salads, and there are usually no rules. The only rule I ever follow is about how to make a salad dressing. You guys, there’s an actual formula!

  • 3 parts high-quality oil – extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil are great
  • 1 part acid – vinegar, lemon, lime
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Some type of emulsifier – this could be mayonnaise, mustard or yogurt or even maple syrup and honey, for example. This helps it bind, but it’s not necessary.
  • Some fresh or dried herbs

For this pear salad, I included:

  • Olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Maple syrup
  • Fresh thyme
  • And I threw in garlic (because I’m Lebanese and my mom taught me to flavor everything with garlic haha!)
Collage of two images showing a small blender with the dressing ingredients for the pear salad before and after blending

Assemble the pear salad

Next I wash some kale leaves and tear them up with my hands. And I pour the dressing right over it. I like massaging the dressing into the kale leaves to make sure they soften a bit. You’ll also notice the color of the kale will get darker green when massaged. Make sure you have a big enough bowl for all this massaging.

Collage of two images showing the kale before and after pouring the dressing

And then it’s just about assembling everything on top of the kale to make the pear salad. I add pecans, feta cheese, sliced grapes, and of course, pears. I like to throw in the pears right when I’m about to serve if I want to keep the delicate shapes of them.

Or I sometimes toss them in some lemon juice if I’m preparing ahead of time. This will help the pears not oxidize quickly and turn brown – which will make any appealing pear salad far less appealing!

What Pears Are Good For Pear Salad?

You can use pretty much use any ripe pears that you like. Here’s a great guide to what you can expect from the following popular pears:

  • Anjous – firm, mild-flavored pears
  • Asian – very crunchy and mild flavored
  • Bartletts – juicy and full of flavor
  • Bosc – more crisp and mild sweetness
  • Concord – more crisp and the highest sweetness
Final plating of the pear salad with kale, pear, pecans, grapes and feta cheese

This is a big beautiful salad that is full of fall harvest from the pears to the grapes, pecans and kale. It’s healthy, flavorful and so easy to throw together! It has a wonderful sweet and salty combination along with crunchy and chewy textures.

The other awesome thing about this pear salad is that leftovers actually taste great the next day. The pear may slightly turn darker, but the extra time in the fridge helps all those flavors really settle without any wilted greens. This is why I love serving this salad when I have guests over. I can make a huge portion and not worry about throwing leftovers away.

Try these other autumn salads:

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Autumn Pear Salad

An autumn pear salad is the perfect addition to your holiday spread. It’s flavorful, healthy and so easy to throw together with kale, feta, pecans & grapes!
5 from 5 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Salads
Calories 249
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 heads kale
  • 1/4 cup Pecans
  • 1/4 cup Feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup grapes sliced
  • 1 pear sliced

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Remove the stems from the kale, and tear up with your hands into bite size piece. Place in a large bowl.
  • To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinaigrette, maple syrup, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. You can also use a mini blender like I did for easier blending.
  • Pour the dressing over the kale and toss well to combine. You can also massage the dressing into the kale with your hands.
  • Arrange the pecans, feta cheese, grapes and pears on top of the tossed kale, and enjoy!

Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. It will last about 2-3 days in the fridge. To prevent the pear from oxidizing, I would recommend coating it with lemon juice before adding to the salad.
Make Ahead: You can make the dressing up to one month in advance. You can make a huge batch of the dressing and use as much as needed for the salad.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However there is no cooking or baking here, so feel free to substitute and make it your own. You can leave out the grapes, change the pecans to another nut or use goat cheese instead of feta cheese.
Equipment: I love using my Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blender for making dressings. It’s quick and easy and gets me the perfect consistency, without any chunks of garlic leftover.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 249kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 117mg, Potassium: 246mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 2885IU, Vitamin C: 37mg, Calcium: 103mg, Iron: 0.8mg

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Final plating of the pear salad with kale, pear, pecans, grapes and feta cheese

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  1. This salad is DELICIOUS! Simple yet so tasty. I can be a little picky with salads & dressings if they are boring or bland – this is NOT that! So good! Definitely going to be a repeat in our house! Thanks for the great recipe!