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Spinach Pear Salad with Goat Cheese and Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette | There's nothing boring about this flavor-packed salad! A bed of baby spinach is topped with crisp pears, juicy tomatoes, crunchy red onions and pecans, and creamy goat cheese, and tossed in a bright and aromatic lemon thyme vinaigrette. Recipe via jessicalevinson.com | #glutenfree #vegetarian #salad #goatcheese #pears

Spinach Pear Salad with Goat Cheese and Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette

There's nothing boring about this flavor-packed salad! A bed of baby spinach is topped with crisp pears, juicy tomatoes, crunchy red onions and pecans, and creamy goat cheese, and tossed in a bright and aromatic lemon thyme vinaigrette.
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jessica

Ingredients

For the Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt (or more to taste)
  • Freshly ground pepper , to taste

For the Salad:

  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 large Asian pear, halved, cored, and thinly sliced (or other crisp pear like D'Anjou)
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onions
  • 1/2 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup raw, unsalted pecans, toasted if desired (optional)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the spinach, pears, onions, tomatoes, and pecans, if using. Toss with dressing and divide evenly among 4 salad plates. Top with goat cheese and serve.

Recipe Notes

If vegan, eliminate cheese and swap maple syrup for honey in dressing.