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You’ll love this healthy, delicious Apple Pear Spring Salad Mix featuring crisp sweet apples, pears, mozzarella cheese, and cashews! Includes an easy to make homemade dressing that compliments this quick & easy salad that’s perfect any time of the year.

Apple Pear Salad

Apple Pear Spring Salad Mix

When Spring and Summer roll around, I tend to want to prepare more salads.

I enjoy the lighter meals, but also the very fresh ingredients I can grab at our local Farmer’s Market or HEB Supermarket.

We don’t like to eat the same meals over and over again, so I like to experiment and keep things fresh.

My BLT Salad, Healthy Grilled Chicken Salad and Snickers Apple Salad are big hits, and this Apple Pear Salad with Spring Salad Mix and Cashews is also a family favorite.

Apple & Pear Spring Salad Mix

Spring Salad Mix Homemade Dressing Ingredients

    • ½ c. sugar   
    • ⅓ c. lemon juice
    • ½ c. red onion, finely chopped
    • 2 T. dijon mustard or brown mustard
    • ⅔ c. olive oil
    • 1 T. poppy seeds

Apple & Pear Spring Salad Mix

Chop Spring Salad Mix and place in a large salad bowl.

Chop pears and apples.

Apple & Pear Spring Salad Mix

Shred parmesan cheese and measure cashews.

Apple & Pear Spring Salad Mix

Combine all dressing ingredients in a bowl or jar; mix and set aside.

Combine salad ingredients together in a large bowl.

Right before serving, pour dressing over salad and toss, coating the lettuce evenly.

Serve and enjoy!

Apple & Pear Spring Salad Mix

You'll love this healthy, delicious Apple Pear Spring Salad Mix featuring crisp sweet apples, pears, mozzarella cheese, and cashews! Includes an easy to make homemade dressing that compliments this quick & easy salad that's perfect any time of the year. Click to Tweet

What is in a Spring Salad Mix:

Typically, a Spring Salad Mix consists of up of 16 fresh greens and lettuces that may vary in tastes and textures. Often, it will include red romaine, baby spinach, radicchio, green romaine, red oak leaf, mizuna, red leaf, lollo rosso, arugula, red mustard, green mustard, red chard, frisee, and tatsoi.

I love a Spring Salad Mix, especially for lunch because the greens also have no cholesterol and very little sodium so they are considered heart-healthy. Greens are rich in nutrients, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium, folate and dietary fiber.

Ways to customize your Apple Pear Spring Salad Mix:

Greens: Feel free to substitute or add in other salad greens such as romaine, spinach, kale, etc.

Dressing: Use the recipe included here, or substitute for a balsamic vinaigrette, honey mustard, etc.

Nuts: We prefer this with cashews, but pecans, walnuts, almonds, or peanuts would also work.

Fruit: Use additional varieties of apples or pears, consider adding fruits like strawberries, grapes, dried cherries, dried cranberries, etc.

Cheese: Feta crumbles or parmesan cheese are also favorite cheeses in this salad with our family. Goat cheese also works well.

Vegetables: Cucumbers, Diced Tomatoes

Add In’s: Sunflower Seeds, Pine Nuts, McCormick Crunchy Salad Toppings, Croutons, Olives, Chickpeas, and bacon bits.

 

Be sure to PRINT this Spring Salad Mix Recipe so you can make your own notes on it about how you personalized it!

Yield: 8

Apple & Pear Spring Salad Mix

Apple & Pear Spring Salad Mix
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • Dressing:
  • ½ c. sugar
  • ⅓ c. lemon juice
  • ½ c. red onion finely chopped
  • 2 T. dijon mustard or brown mustard
  • ⅔ c. olive oil
  • 1 T. poppy seeds
  • Salad:
  • 2 5 oz. bags of Spring Mix Salad
  • 4 oz. mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 c. cashews whole or halves
  • 1 crisp red apple diced
  • 1 crisp pear diced

Instructions

Combine all dressing ingredients in a bowl or jar; mix and set aside.

Combine salad ingredients together in a large bowl.

Right before serving, pour dressing over salad and toss, coating the lettuce evenly.
Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 438Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 364mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 8g

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Tips for preparing and Storing a Spring Salad Mix:

  • Slice the apples and pears right before you serve it. Fruits can start to brown a bit where cut. 
  • The dressing can be made a day or two ahead of time and chilled in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Add the dressing to any salad just before serving so it won’t wilt the salad by sitting too long.
  • Leftover ingredients should be stored separately in the refrigerator. Mixed salad doesn’t save well, it wilts. Use a container specific for storing salad ingredients to take for lunch the next day.
  • Does not freeze well.

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Erin N

Friday 14th of June 2019

This salad looks so good! I love fruits in salad..This will be perfect for a light summer meal!

Antoinette M

Thursday 13th of June 2019

Delicious summer salad! Thank you for the recipe.

Debbie P

Monday 10th of June 2019

This looks different and very very good! Thanks for the recipe!

Edye

Friday 7th of June 2019

what a light and sweet dish for summertime! :D

Sarah L

Thursday 6th of June 2019

Great fresh flavors in this salad. Farmer's markets are a wonderful place to shop.

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