Spinach, Pear & Almond Salad

Spinach, Pear & Almond Salad

Caramelized almonds add a sweet nutty crunch to this spinach-pear salad.

20 min. prep time
6 servings
353 Ratings


Caramelized Almonds

1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 tablespoons sugar


3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
2 medium (3 cups) pears, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 (6-ounce) package pre-washed baby spinach or mixed lettuce greens

Salad Dressing

1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot*
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1/8 teaspoon coarse ground pepper


Melt butter in 10-inch skillet until sizzling; add almonds and 1 tablespoon sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 4-5 minutes or until sugar melts and nuts are golden brown. (Watch closely to prevent burning.) Remove from heat; stir in remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Quickly spread onto waxed paper; cool completely. Break clusters of nuts into pieces.

Place all salad ingredients in large bowl; toss to combine.

Combine all salad dressing ingredients in small bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Sprinkle with almonds. Serve immediately.


*Substitute 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion.

Recipe Tip

- Almonds brown quickly even after cooking if left in warm skillet. Therefore, it is important to cool them immediately on waxed paper.

- Instead of caramelizing the almonds, try toasting them. To toast almonds, spread evenly in shallow baking pan. Bake at 350ºF., stirring once, 5-7 minutes or until light areas of almonds begin to brown.

- For a time-saving method, substitute your favorite prepared salad dressing. Instead of caramelizing the almonds, try toasting them. To toast almonds, place onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake in 325°F. oven, stirring halfway through, 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 300

Fat: 19g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 250mg

Carbohydrates: 28g

Dietary Fiber: 4g

Protein: 7g

Recipe #12567©2003Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

This is one my husband's favorite salads and when I make it for company, everyone loves it! The dressing really compliments all the flavors in the salad perfectly.
I made this for a potluck at work. Everyone loved it. One person even asked for the recipe. About to make it for Easter lunch too.
easy to prepare, light and delicious.

Comment On This Recipe

Please correct the item(s) in red below:
5 Please select a rating

Email address will not be published

Please note, all submissions are screened for content deemed appropriate by Land O'Lakes. Comments are published within 3 business days.
Thank you, your comment has been submitted for approval


Your friend thought you might be interested in Spinach, Pear & Almond Salad

Latest Blog

What in the World Can You Dip in Chocolate?
January 6, 2016 by Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen

Chocolate’s complex flavor brings out the sweetness and tanginess of fruit, mellows the heat of peppers, and comes alive when introduced to a little bit of salt. The real question should be, “What can’t you dip in chocolate?” More ...

The Simple Rewards® Club is your personal online resource for exclusive offers and information. It’s also our way of saying “thank you” for trusting Land O’Lakes and inviting us into your home. Membership is free, so sign up today.

FREE Sign Up Includes:
  • Our Measuring Cup® Newsletter Preview »
  • Money-Saving and Exclusive Offers
  • Online Recipe Box

Already a Member? Sign In.


YES. Send me the Measuring Cup® Newsletter.
Cancel and Go Back

Forgot Your Password?

Please correct the items(s) in red below

    We'll email instructions to the address you used to register.

    Reset My Password Cancel and Go Back

    Confirmation Email Sent

    We've sent a confirmation email to the address associated with your account. Check your email and follow the link within 3 hours in order to complete the password reset process.



    Starting February 15th, you will not be able to access your Simple Rewards account due to routine site maintenance. Accounts will return to normal functionality on February 29th.

    Thank you for visiting landolakes.com

    Not a Simple Rewards Member? Join Now. Forgot Your Password?

    Check Your Email

    Look for an email soon with instructions to reset your password.

    If you did not receive the email, please check your email junk folder (just in case) or contact us.

    Hi, I'm Becky. I'm eager to share my best ideas and favorite recipes from my 20+ years in the Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen. I'm also excited to help with any questions you have about cooking and baking with Land O Lakes® products. Some of the questions and answers will be published in our newsletter, The Measuring Cup®. Please use the short form below to ask your questions, or share your tip or memory.

    Please correct the item(s) in red below

    *These fields are required


    Your question has been submitted.

    Close Window