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. Yep, awesome.
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!
- Serve with toasted wholemeal bread or baguette.
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!
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