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    Spinach Pear Salad from Restaurateur, Tom Douglas

    Spinach Pear Salad from Restaurateur, Tom Douglas. Photo by Geema

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    35 mins

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    sugarpea's Note:

    This salad is perfect. AND the curried cashews make outstanding appetizers, garnishes, snacks or gifts; the honey-sesame dressing can be used on any number of salads. The contrast of colors, flavors and textures is inspired. Tom Douglas is chef and owner of 4 Seattle eateries and this salad has been on his menu.

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    Curried Cashews

    Honey-Sesame Vinaigrette


    • 1/2 lb smoky thick slab bacon (about twelve 1/4" thick slices)
    • 12 cups loosely packed spinach leaves, no stems,torn to bite-size
    • 6 cups loosely packed frisee, torn to bite-size
    • 2/3 cup red onion, thinly sliced
    • 3 small pears, halved,cored,thinly sliced
    • 6 bunches grapes, small for garnish


    1. 1
      Curried Cashews: Preheat oven to 400°; toast cashews on baking sheet for 8-10 minutes or until golden; combine remaining ingredients; add hot cashews, toss until coated; set aside to cool.
    2. 2
      Honey-Sesame Vinaigrette: Combine all ingredients and whisk until emulsified.
    3. 3
      Salad: Cut bacon into 1/2" pieces and cook until crisp.
    4. 4
      Put greens, onions and sliced pears in a bowl and toss with enough vinaigrette to coat everything well.
    5. 5
      Place salad on six plates; sprinkle each with bacon and curried cashews; garnish with cluster of grapes placed at the side of each plate.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 30, 2010


      Loved it! My husband doesn't usually like Spinach salad, but he had two servings of this one. I actually omitted the bacon and added a few cubes of cambozola cheese. It was a nice addition with the pear. The dressing is to die for and I will be using it for other salads more often!

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    • on October 28, 2003


      WOW!! When I saw Geema's review of this salad I HAD to try it and we were not dissappointed. WE LOVED IT!!! I did use bacon and I think it's a must for an added dimension. I couldn't come up with slab bacon so I bought the thickest cut I could find. We're thinkin' this salad is getting served the next time we host our gourmet dinner club. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    • on August 04, 2013


      Wonderful salad! I think the seasoned nuts make it outstanding, although I used pecans. I'm sure it's wonderful as is, but for my own reference, I made these substitutions: apples, not pears. Regular yellow mustard, no rosemary on the nuts, no frisee.

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    Nutritional Facts for Spinach Pear Salad from Restaurateur, Tom Douglas

    Serving Size: 1 (467 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 672.4
    Calories from Fat 434
    Total Fat 48.3 g
    Saturated Fat 11.2 g
    Cholesterol 30.7 mg
    Sodium 758.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 55.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 9.3 g
    Sugars 35.2 g
    Protein 12.1 g

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    white wine vinegar

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