This salad was beyond description. The salad burst with flavors and though it does require some advance preparation, it was simple enough and well worth the effort. As I did not have exact ingredients on hand, I made a few substitutions. Used corella pears, toasted almonds, apple juice and onions rather than cider and shallots for the vinagrette. All worked out fine. The dried cranberries are a must - they perfectly come together with the spices, cinnamon... apple vinagrette. Can't think of any salad better for Thanksgiving or X'mas!
I would give this more stars if I could. This does require a bit of planning but the end result is outstanding. The dressing was reduced for about 5 minutes as recommended in the recipe. After blending all the ingredients together, I did put it back into the pot and reduced it by about half. This reduction took about 15 to 20 minutes; however, the vinaigrette was perfect. The roasted pears really made this salad. Something I well make again. Thanks for posting. Made for *Comfort Cafe*