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Mesclun Greens With Pears, Dried Cherries and Candies Walnuts

This sweet and zesty salad is a refreshing first course and is full of delicious flavors and textures. It can also serve as a meal unto itself with grilled chicken or fish to round it out.
Course Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. orange juice or juice from 1/2 an orange
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups salad greens of your choice
  • 1 lb. fresh mesclun greens
  • 1 bosc pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup candied walnuts, coarsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or dried cranberries, your choice
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese crumbles, plain optional


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, mustard, orange juice, salt and pepper. Check seasonings and adjust if necessary.
  2. Add dressing to salad greens and toss. Add pears, nuts, and cherries and gently toss. If using goat cheese, sprinkle on top. Serve immediately.