It’s a bittersweet time of year. The Christmas buzz is fading away, happy memories mingling with dark, cold days and the next holiday still probably a long way off.
So we thought we’d take a salad to mirror our mood.
This pear walnut salad combines two distinct types of flavour – we mix the naturally tangy, bitter taste of the rocket or lamb’s lettuce with the sweetness of pear and dried dates, cranberries or raisins and top it off with a hint of orange.
It somehow tastes light and wintery too – perfect for brightening up chilly days or gloomy evenings.
If you’re feeling you’ve slightly overindulged during the holiday period (like most of us, I imagine), this is a great way to get back to a better eating regime.
Boring salads suck and are liable to put you off them – so how about one with added walnuts, balsamic cream and a little dijon mustard mixed together? Sounds (and tastes!) good to me.
Health Benefits – Pear Walnut Salad
If your body is feeling in need of a quick pick me up, then look no further than rocket (often known as rucola or arugula).
It’s packed with a wide range of vitamins such as A, K and C, as well as all-important minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron.
Pears are also a bit of a fiber beast – just one small pear contains nearly one fifth of your fiber needs for the day – and most people get nowhere near their recommended amount! It helps against so many things, including heart disease, diabetes and even weight loss.
Pear Walnut Salad with a Mustard Orange Dressing
A beautifully crunchy salad with a mix of rocket leaves, dried fruits, pear and walnuts set this salad above the competition. And it's vegan too!
Chop the walnuts into smaller pieces.
Dice the pear into small cubes. Think roughly the size of a quartered date.
Chop the cranberries roughly.
Throw all chopped ingredients and the washed arugula to the bowl too. Do make sure you wash the salad first, arugula often comes with a load of grit!
Mix the orange juice, balsamic cream, mustard and olive oil together. Chuck in a dash or two of salt and pepper.
Stir into the salad. Serve. Done!
Serve with toasted wholemeal bread or baguette.
IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: we have some other amazing salads too! This peanut sauce salad is one of our all-time favourites, and simply needs to be tried. As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also compiled a round-up of 18 of our favourite protein bicep bombs!
This recipe was inspired by VegKitchen.com
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