Maple Toasted Walnut and Pear Salad

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Toasting nuts always brings out the flavour, and adding maple syrup adds a hint of sweetness. Substitute pecans, if you prefer.

Tags: Easy, 30 mins, Salads, Lunches, Vegetables, Fruit, Fry, Low Sodium, Vegetarian, Omega 3
Serves: 5
Skill level: Easy
Prep time: 15  minutes
Cooking time: 10  minutes
Total: 25 *  minutes

*Cool time = 20 minutes

Additional Information

Ingredients

3/4 cup (175 mL) walnut halves or pieces
2 tbsp (25 mL) PC 100% Pure Maple Syrup
1 large Bosc pear, cored and cut in large cubes (skin on)
2 tbsp (25 mL) cider vinegar
2 tbsp (25 mL) PC Blue Menu Omega Oil
Pinch each salt & pepper
1 pkg (142 g) PC Organics Baby Spinach

Instructions

  1. In dry frying pan set over medium-high heat, cook walnuts for 5 minutes, stirring often, or until golden and fragrant. Add maple syrup and pear pieces to frying pan; continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring gently, or until pears are tender. Transfer mixture to bowl to cool completely.
  2. Place vinegar in another bowl. Whisk in oil, salt and pepper. Add spinach and cooled pear mixture; toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Chef's Tips

Serve with a soft blue cheese, such as Gorgonzola or Roquefort, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving
Calories 220 Cal
Fat 17 g
Omega-3 Polyunsaturates 0.33 g
Sodium 70 mg
Carbohydrate 14 g
Fibre 2 g
Protein 3 g
Source of Fibre