Fall Pear Chopped Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
A delicious Fall salad, featuring fresh pears, dried cranberries, pecans, goat cheese and a bit of bacon. One of my favourite salads any time of year!


For salad:

  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped in to bite-sized pieces
  • 5 slices bacon cooked, cooled and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves roughly chopped
  • 2 pears cored removed and roughly chopped (peeled or un-peeled)

Poppy Seed Salad Dressing:

  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil or canola, or other neutral tasting oil
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • Pinch salt and pepper

To Serve:

  • Balsamic Glaze


  • Cook bacon until crisp. Set aside to cool, then crumble.
  • Prepare the salad dressing by combining all ingredients and whisking until smooth, thickened and creamy. Set aside.
  • Add chopped romaine to salad bowl. Top with dried cranberries, pecans, chopped pear and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle with some of the poppy seed dressing. Toss to combine, adding more dressing if needed.
  • Drizzle top with balsamic glaze. Serve and enjoy


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