Fresh Spinach & Pear Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by aviva

This recipe is a variation of a cooking school recipe. Whenever I take this to parties, it gets eaten up fast no matter how much extra I make.

Top Review by lkawadri

I tried this for a gourmet dinner party. We all loved it. I deleted the red onions and added gorgonzola cheese and pine nuts. The dressing was sweet and perfect. Everyone is asking for the recipe. Thanks for passing it on.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Tear spinach leaves into bite-sized pieces and place in large salad bowl (Amount of spinach can be varied based on how much dressing you like on your salad).
  2. Add pears and onion.
  3. In food processor with steel knife blade, combine sugar, vinegar, mustard, and salt.
  4. With machine running, add oil through feed tube and process until dressing is thick (The slower you add the oil, the thicker the dressing).
  5. Add poppy seeds.
  6. Drizzle salad with dressing and toss well to coat.
  7. Serve immediately.
  8. You can make the dressing ahead and mix salad right before serving.

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