Roasted Pear & Apple Salad with Caramelized Shallot Maple Vinaigrette

We love to make this roasted pear and apple salad in the fall with all the freshly harvested apples and pears!

It is topped with prosciutto, cinnamon pecans, pepitas, gorgonzola and raisins then tossed with the most stunning caramelized shallot maple vinaigrette

 

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Ingredients for Roasted Apple Salad

Here is a list of the ingredients you will need for this salad recipe:

  • Prosciutto – adds crunch and smoky delicious flavor
  • Honeycrisp Apples (or Jonagold) – these apples hold up great to roasting and the flavor is the best
  • Bartlett Pear (or Bosc) – become so flavorful and delicious when roasting
  • Cinnamon Pecans (or Hazelnuts) – You can buy these at the store or make them on your own. See section below for how to make them at home.
  • Olive Oil – helps keep the apples and pears from sticking to the pan
  • Black Pepper – adds flavor
  • Mixed Greens with Arugula – If your container of mixed greens doesn’t include arugula then buy some arugula and add it. Arugula just shines in this salad!!
  • Gorgonzola – We love gorgonzola but it is easily substituted with any cheese you love. Try smoked cheddar, gouda, goat cheese, manchego, gruyere, etc.
  • Pepitas – adds a yummy little crunch and nutty flavor
  • Golden Raisins – can be replaced with regular raisins, craisins or pomegranate seeds

a photo of a plate of thinly sliced apples and pears topped with gorgonzola cheese with a small bowl of pepitas and another sm all bowl full of golden raisins and chopped cinnamon pecans sitting next to the plate.

Vinaigrette

This recipe was inspired by a Taste of Home recipe I was reading. It just sounded so good and it was fabulous on this salad! Here is what you will need:

  • Shallots – have a mild onion flavor and caramelize quickly
  • Kosher Salt – adds a touch of flavor to the shallots as they caramelize
  • Maple Syrup – use the real stuff!
  • White Balsamic Vinegar (or Apple Cider Vinegar) – you gotta have vinegar for a vinaigrette, both these options are sweet and tangy
  • Olive Oil – the base of the vinaigrette

The measurements for each ingredient in the salad and in the homemade dressing are listed in the recipe card at the end of this post.

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What Apples are Best for Salads?

I am forever loyal to honeycrisp apples! Jonagold will also work great. If you can’t find those or if they are too expensive (they can get quite pricey), then go with gala, granny smith, or Braeburn.

How to Roast Apples and Pears

Roasting apples and pears is so easy! You will want to slice them pretty thin, cutting the pears a little thicker than the apples. Then lay them on a baking sheet that has been drizzled with a little olive oil to prevent sticking. Make sure all the slices are in a single layer. Place them in a preheated oven (425 degrees) and let them roast for 10 minutes. Then flip them all over and roast them for about 5 more minutes or until they are golden.

a photo of a large plate of roasted pear and apple salad topped with a homemade vinaigrette.

How to Make Cinnamon Pecans

Do you ever smell those to-die-for cinnamon nuts at football games or state fairs? It is seriously the best smell on earth! You can make them at home so easily! Here is what you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole pecans
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons water

To make the nuts, add all ingredients to a large skillet over medium-low heat. Stir everything together and then keep stirring as the sugar begins to melt. Cook until pecans have begun to toast lightly (about five minutes) and then pour onto parchment paper to cool. You can use this same technique with almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, etc.

a photo of a large serving plate full of mixed greens topped with roasted pears and apples, crumbled prosciutto, golden raisins, pepitas and gorgonzola cheese.

Can I Use Bacon Instead of Prosciutto?

Yes, but prosciutto feels lighter in this salad and is healthier than bacon. I realize that bacon is probably something you might already have on hand so if you that’s what you have, then go for it!

What to Serve with this Salad

If you want to make this salad a little heartier, add some grilled chicken or smoked chicken. Keeping it a side dish is also a great option to alongside a roasted whole chicken, a pork tenderloin or a pot roast.

a photo taken over the top of roasted pear and apple salad over mixed greens and topped with a homemade vinaigrette.

How to Store Salad

Salads are tricky to store once they have all been put together because the lettuce gets so wilty and soggy. So if you have extra salad that has already had everything added to it, just eat it within a day or too and store it in the an airtight container. 

You can store everything separately for longer and just assemble everything right before eating. The dressing, roasted fruits and cinnamon pecans can be made ahead of time and it’s super fast to just assemble everything.

 

I am a salad lover! Give me all the salads all the days and I am a happy lady! So I love assembling salads and trying different combinations of toppings and dressings. This roasted pear and apple salad hits all the necessary salad notes…crunchy, salty, sweet, creamy, chewy, yummy yummy yum yum yum!

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Roasted Pear & Apple Salad with Caramelized Shallot Maple Vinaigrette

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Servings: 6 -8

Prep Time: 10 minutes mins

Cook Time: 20 minutes mins

Total Time: 30 minutes mins

Ingredients 

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  • 12 oz Prosciutto
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Honeycrisp Apples, or jonagold apples, thinly sliced
  • 1 Bartlett Pear, or Bosc pear, thinly sliced (slightly thicker than the apple)
  • 1 Cup Cinnamon Pecans , or hazlenuts (see notes)
  • 1 Container Mixed Greens with Arugula , (or add 2 cups arugula to mixed greens)
  • 6 oz Gorgonzola, (see notes)
  • 2 Tablespoons Pepitas
  • 3/4 Cup Golden Raisins, (see notes)
  • Black Pepper , freshly cracked

Vinaigrette (adapted from Taste of Home)

  • 2 Shallots, thinly sliced
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1/3-1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 4 Tablespoons White Balsamic Vinegar, or Apple Cider

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400.

  • Lay the prosciutto out onto a sheet pan so the pieces aren't overlapping. Bake for about 9-12 minutes, or until crisp. Quickly transfer to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside until cool. Once cool, crumble to pieces.

    12 oz Prosciutto

  • Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees and drizzle a little olive oil on the pan. Add the sliced apples and pears to the sheet pan, spreading them in an even layer. Roast for 10 minutes. Then flip the fruits and roast for another 5 minutes, or until golden. Set aside to cool.

    1 1/2 Honeycrisp Apples, 1 Bartlett Pear

  • Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat. Once hot add a drizzle of olive oil, then gently add the shallots, and a pinch of salt to the skillet. Sauté for a few minutes without stirring until the shallots are caramelized and softened.

    Kosher Salt, 2 Shallots

  • Stir in the maple syrup and vinegar. Let simmer for 30 seconds or until the liquid is absorbed. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.

    4 Tablespoons Maple Syrup, 4 Tablespoons White Balsamic Vinegar

  • Slowly drizzle in the olive oil to the shallots, and season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste.

    1/3-1/2 Cup Olive Oil, Black Pepper

  • Add the mixed greens with arugula to a large mixing bowl. Add the roasted apples, pears, pecans, prosciutto, cheese, raisins and pepitas.

    1 Cup Cinnamon Pecans, 1 Container Mixed Greens with Arugula, 6 oz Gorgonzola, 2 Tablespoons Pepitas, 3/4 Cup Golden Raisins

  • Drizzle in the vinaigrette and toss to combine. Taste the salad and season with more salt and freshly cracked black pepper if needed. Serve immediately.

Notes

Nuts – We purchase cinnamon pecans from the nut section of the store or you can make your own. 1 1/2 cups whole pecans 3 Tablespoons sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 Tablespoons water Add all ingredients to a large skillet over medium-low heat. Stir all ingredients together and then keep stirring as the sugar begins to melt. Cook until pecans have begun to toast lightly, about five minutes and then pour onto parchment paper to cool.   Cheese – This is a great salad to use your favorite cheese like:

  • smoked cheddar,
  • aged sharp cheddar
  • manchego
  • gouda
  • gruyere
  • goat cheese

  Raisins – You can use craisins or pomegranates for a more holiday festive salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 710kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 16gFat: 52gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 783mgPotassium: 496mgFiber: 4gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 275IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 203mgIron: 2mgFull Nutrition

Author: Sweet Basil

Course: 100 + Salad Recipes to Obsess Over

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a photo of a large serving plate full of mixed greens topped with roasted pears and apples, crumbled prosciutto, golden raisins, pepitas and gorgonzola cheese.

Hi, I’m Mohamed. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I’ve been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food on the blog because I believe in a balanced diet.

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