Pear, Toasted Walnut and Mixed Green Salad with Champagne-Cranberry Vinaigrette

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 16 min
  • Prep: 8 min
  • Cook: 8 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/2 cup halved walnuts

1/2 cup Champagne

1/2 cup canned jellied cranberry sauce

1/4 cup minced shallots

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and ground black pepper

6 cups mixed lettuce greens

2 pears, cored and diced

1/2 cup dried cranberries


  1. Toast walnuts in a small dry skillet over medium heat (it will take about 3 minutes).
  2. In a small saucepan, combine Champagne, cranberry sauce, shallots, Dijon mustard and oil. Whisk together. Set pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Simmer until reduced to about 1/3 cup (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  3. Place greens in a large bowl. Top with pears, toasted walnuts and dried cranberries. Drizzle over cranberry vinaigrette just before serving.
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