October 9, 2014

Pear, Pecan & Gouda Harvest Salad

Harvest Salad with Overlay

Fall salads are my favorite because I can load them up with strong flavors to match our favorite roast chicken or soups. To give mine a little kick, I use slices of fresh pear, thin slices of red onion,¬†chunks of Arla Dofino Gouda,¬†sweet caramelized pecans and a mix of dark green lettuces and spinach. I toss it all with a homemade vinaigrette and serve it up in big heaping bowlfuls. To show you just how easy it is to prepare this gorgeous salad I’ve prepared a little video for you!

Isn’t it so easy and delicious looking?! I promise you’ll love making this salad during the fall season. It will become your new go-to for just about every meal!

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Pear, Pecan & Gouda Harvest Salad
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  • 3 large handfuls dark greens (a mix of greens and spinach work well)
  • 2 ounces Arla Dofino Gouda or Smoked Gouda cut into bite-size cubes
  • 1 pear, pealed, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup caramelized pecans
  • ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • Champagne Vinaigrette
  • 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup good quality olive oil


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a large salad bowl in the order they are listed above.
  2. To make the vinaigrette: Combine the vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil to a small jar. Close with a lid and shake well to combine.
  3. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and use salad tongs to toss well. Serve!

2 Responses to “Pear, Pecan & Gouda Harvest Salad”

  1. cpns72 says:

    sounds yummy.

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