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I liked this salad quite a lot. I enjoyed the combination of spinach, crisp cold pears & apples, and the cilantro. The dressing is delicious and pairs well with the ingredients. I did have a problem with the thickness of the dressing and repeatedly added additional water. I do agree with other reviewers that sunflower seeds or chow mein noodles would be a nice added ingredient to add crunch. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
Made this salad yesterday morning and then took in a cooler to the pool with the kids. I made just as listed but reduced the amount of hot pepper sauce and cayenne pepper for kids. Excellent salad and wonderful for a take along. Next time, for adults, I will keep the hot stuff at the amounts written as I like it hot! Also, I think next time I will up the pear and apple to two of each as we really liked those bits the best. Thank you Paula for posting this wonderful and unique salad.
I am so happy eating this salad ~ it's so delicious! i used spicy chili sesame oil instead of the hot pepper sauce & cayenne. I poached my chicken breast in salted water so it's really tender. Love the (slight) burn that's building up! Contrast that with the cool crunchy pears, apples & cucumber ~ yippee! I'm eating the whole thing for my lunch right now. Made for Culinary Quest 2014/CCQ. Oh! I also ended up adding more water than listed to the dressing but once it was thinned out, it was amazing! love the flavors! Thanks, Paula!
Great salad, beautiful to look at too. The dressing is the real star here. I melted the peanut butter in the microwave and slowly added the liquids and this worked perfectly. I omitted the honey and added the juice of a lime to it also, since I like my dressings on the tangier side. I skipped the cayenne, as the hot sauce made it spicy enough for me. I added more cilantro to the salad. The apples were OK in it, but the pears were my favorite - and I thought the amounts were just right. For a vegetarian version I bet tofu or edamame would be wonderful in it. I will make this again, especially the dressing - it would be really good in other applications as well.
This salad was delicious. Made on a humid evening and was so nice and refreshing. Made recipe as printed and it was perfect. Next time I am going to add a some grapes and maybe even sprinkle with sunflower seeds or chow mein noodles. Thanks Paula!!
We loved this light salad, a perfect way to welcome summer! I love Asian food that combines a nutty flavor with spicy, and the sweetness of the fruit and honey takes it to another level. I left out the cilantro (personal preference), otherwise made as stated. Next time I may also add some chow mein noodles. Thanks Paula for another great recipe! Made for ZWT6.
GREAT spicy peanut flavor. We used shredded lettuce, but think your spinach idea would be good too. Very crispy and spicy too. Made for ZWT 6
This salad was outstanding! The creamy-spicy dressing perfectly complemented the fruit. I soaked my greens (spinach and romaine) in ice water while preparing the dressing. I used rice wine vinegar for the vinegar. When the dressing was ready I spun the lettuce, topped it and served immediately. Everyone loved it! Cold, crisp and delicious. Thanks Paula!
Paula thank you for posting this wonderful recipe, this salad is just fantastic! I love the combination of all the flavors, this recipe is going into my favorites, and I look forward to making this many times again, great salad recipe Paula! thanks, Kitten:)
This was good; I liked it better the second day when everything was really cold. I used a couple of tablespoons of fresh cilantro; wish I would have used a little more. Unique flavor with the spiciness of the dressing in contrast to the sweet/tart flavor of the fruit.