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Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

This pear and goat cheese salad with fresh vegetables, juicy pear, creamy goat cheese and a creamy maple balsamic dressing is perfect as a side salad or topped with your favorite protein.
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Salads
Cuisine American
Keyword almonds, carrots, cucumber, goat cheese, healthy salad, pear
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 4 cups sweet baby greens
  • 1 small Bartlett pear thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1/4 English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup freshly crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

For the dressing (makes 1/2 cup)

  • 2 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 of a small clove garlic grated
  • 1/2 tsp mayo
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary minced


  • Make the dressing by combining vinegar through pepper in a mason jar, bowl and whisk, or food processor and blending until well emulsified. Stir in finely chopped rosemary.
  • Thinly slice the pear. If not serving immediately, toss lightly with lemon juice.
  • Ribbon the carrot and cucumber with a vegetable peeler.
  • Toast almonds for 3-5 minutes in a 350 toaster oven, being careful not to burn!
  • Crumble fresh goat cheese.
  • Assemble the salad in layers and toss with dressing.
  • Top with your protein of choice if desired.