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Pear Fennel Arugula Salad

Pear Fennel Arugula Salad is a simple side perfect for entertaining. A sweet and savory salad with a tangy lemon Dijon vinaigrette!

Pear Fennel Arugula Salad Recipe

This light and fresh salad is perfect for year round dinners and holiday entertaining. The combination of arugula, pear, fennel and creamy goat cheese with a sweet and tangy lemon vinaigrette is so delicious! I love serving this salad in the fall when pears are in season.

What to Serve with Pear Fennel Arugula Salad

This salad is a perfect side or pasta, chicken cutlets or soup:

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What is in Pear Fennel Arugula Salad?

  • Arugula – also referred to as ‘rocket’. It has a peppery flavor that is perfect for salads, sandwiches and burgers. I have always loved arugula and it pairs perfectly with a lemon Dijon vinaigrette. If you are not a fan of arugula you can use spring mix instead.
  • Pear – I love all varieties of pears but for this salad I prefer a crunchy green pear such as green Anjou. You can use any variety of pear you like but I recommend using a crunchy pear for a nice crispy and fresh salad.
  • Fennel – commonly used in Italian cooking this vegetable has a very unique anise flavor. It is crisp, crunchy and a unique addition to salads.
  • Pecans – you can omit the nuts in this salad for a nut free recipe but I love the nutty flavor of pecans paired with arugula and goat cheese.
  • Goat Cheese – creamy goat cheese crumbled over top of a salad is simple divine!
  • Vinaigrette
    • Lemon Juice or White Wine Vinegar – you can use either one. They both have an amazing flavor but some people do not like lemon so you can use white wine vinegar instead.
    • Olive Oil
    • Honey – swap for agave or maple syrup for a vegan dressing
    • Dijon – my favorite mustard!
    • Salt

How to Make Pear Fennel Arugula Salad

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1 Prepare the salad dressing by adding all of the dressing ingredients to a jar. Place the lid on the jar and shake until evenly combined. Or, whisk the dressing together in a small bowl. Set aside while you prepare the salad.

2 Wash and dry the fennel. Cut the top stems off of the head of fennel so you are only left with the bulb. You can save some of the fronds for garnish. Slice the bulb in half and then slice into thin strips.

3 Wash and dry the pear. If preferred you can peel the pear but I recommend leaving the peel on. Slice the pear in half and remove the core. Slice into this strips.

4 To a large serving platter or bowl add the arugula. Scatter the sliced fennel, sliced pear, pecans and crumbled goat cheese over the arugula.

5 Drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently toss. Serve immediately and enjoy!

FAQs Pear Fennel Arugula Salad

How to store Pear Fennel Arugula Salad?

Store leftover undressed salad in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. The fennel and pear will brown while in the fridge, to prevent browning, toss them in lemon juice before storing.

Can I make Pear Fennel Arugula Salad ahead?

You can make the salad ahead of time by preparing the dressing and storing in the fridge. Layer the arugula on a serving platter and top with the nuts and goat cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge. Just before serving slice the fennel and pear and place on top of the salad.

Is Pear Fennel Arugula Salad healthy?

Yes! This is a healthy salad with a mix of fruits, vegetables, leafy greens and healthy nuts. The dressing is a light dressing made with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar (or lemon juice).

Vegetarian Pear Fennel Arugula Salad

This recipe is vegetarian.

Vegan Pear Fennel Arugula Salad

For a vegan recipe swap the honey for maple syrup and goat cheese for a vegan cheese of choice.

Gluten Free Pear Fennel Arugula Salad

This salad is gluten free.

Dairy Free Pear Fennel Arugula Salad

For a dairy free recipe use a dairy free cheese alternative or omit the cheese.

Enjoy!

– Sab

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pear fennel arugula salad with goat cheese and pecans on a white platter

Pear Fennel Arugula Salad

Pear Fennel Arugula Salad is a simple side perfect for entertaining. A sweet and savory salad with a tangy lemon Dijon vinaigrette!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 127 kcal

Ingredients
  

Salad

  • 1 medium fennel bulb
  • 1 medium pear, Green Anjou, or pear of choice
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1/4 cup pecans, or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled

Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced, or 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt, optional

Garnish

  • Fennel fronds

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the salad dressing by adding all of the dressing ingredients to a jar. Place the lid on the jar and shake until evenly combined. Or, whisk the dressing together in a small bowl. Set aside while you prepare the salad.
  • Wash and dry the fennel. Cut the top stems off of the head of fennel so you are only left with the bulb. You can save some of the fronds for garnish. Slice the bulb in half and then slice into thin strips.
  • Wash and dry the pear. If preferred you can peel the pear but I recommend leaving the peel on. Slice the pear in half and remove the core. Slice into this strips.
  • To a large serving platter or bowl add the arugula. Scatter the sliced fennel, sliced pear, pecans and crumbled goat cheese over the arugula.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently toss. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Notes

Note: The pear and fennel will brown if sliced too early before serving. To prevent browning toss with 1 tbsp of lemon juice.
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NUTRITION

Calories: 127kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 184mgPotassium: 294mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 482IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 1mg
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