Autumn Apple-Pear Salad with Maple Vinaigrette Recipe

Yarden Recipe: Autumn Pear and Apple Salad

This easy-to-prepare salad offers an explosion of fall flavors in a variety of textures in one dish! The saltiness of the cheese and bacon sets off the sweetness of the fruit. A great addition to your holiday spread or turn it into a main course by adding a few slices of leftover Thanksgiving Day turkey.


For the salad:

  • ½ lbs. mixed greens
  • 1 apple, sliced thin
  • 1 pear, sliced thin
  • ⅓ c. dried cranberries
  • ⅓ c. feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 Tbsp. sliced almonds
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped

For the dressing:

  • 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1½ Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. shallot, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Top greens with apple and pear slices, feta cheese, bacon, cranberries and almonds.
  2. Whisk together dressing ingredients.
  3. Serve salad with side of dressing to prevent greens from becoming soggy.