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Perfectly Pear Walnut Salad

Posted on by Alisa Fleming in Dairy-Free Recipes, Salad with 3 Comments

Pear Walnut Salad Recipe - Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-FreeI was recently contacted by Sadaf, a brand of Mediterranean ingredients, about their grapeseed oil, and this pear walnut salad recipe. I’ve been using grapeseed oil for many years due to its nice neutral flavor and versatility, but I usually just pick it up at Trader Joe’s. Though I’m constantly on the lookout for an olive oil that isn’t too “grassy,” I hadn’t thought about taste-testing grapeseed oil. Well Sadaf may have won me over. I did a side-by-side comparison, and Sadaf had a cleaner and lighter taste. Here are some great things about grapeseed oil, and this brand in particular:

  • Pure oil, made in Italy
  • High smoke point (noted as 485ºF) makes it good for high heat cooking
  • A very neutral taste for baking (sweet or savory) and cooking – great alternative to canola and sunflower oils
  • Good source of vitamin E (though it is packaged in clear bottles, so I’m not sure how quickly it degrades)
  • Fair price – at last check, Sadaf was just $7.35 for a big 1 liter bottle

If you are like me, and sometimes find extra-virgin olive oil too overpowering, then this pear walnut salad recipe may suit you nicely. The neutral grapeseed oil adds richness while letting the other flavorful ingredients shine.

Pear Walnut Salad Recipe: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free

Perfectly Pear Walnut Salad
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Recipe shared with us by Sadaf.
Serves: 4 servings

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) Sadaf grapeseed oil
  • ¼ cup simple syrup (see preparation note below)
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup walnut pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Sadaf grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 heads of butter lettuce, hand torn into bite size pieces or 5-ounce package arugula
  • 1 ripe pear, cored and thin sliced lengthwise, dipped in lemon juice

  1. For the dressing, whisk or blend the oil, syrup, vinegar, and salt. Adjust dressing to taste, if needed.
  2. For the salad, heat the 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-low heat. Add the walnuts and sauté for a few minutes. Add the brown sugar and cook until caramelized.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the salad dressing with the greens, pear slices, walnuts, and sugar, until well coated.

Prepare a simple syrup using ¾ cup water, 3 Tablespoons sugar, cooking over low heat until sugar is melted. Measure amount needed for recipe.

About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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  1. Alisa RhinehartApril 28, 2013 at 5:43 amReply

    This recipe is something that I must try! This is cleaner, healthier version of the Pear Salad my mom use to make when I was a child. (Duke’s mayo, chedder cheese) Thanks for the info. on grapeseed oil.
    I love your page! Oh…. and you have a great name too Alisa! ;)

    • Alisa FlemingApril 28, 2013 at 7:28 amReplyAuthor

      Yes, it is a good name, isn’t it?

      Mayo, cheddar, and pears? That does sound heavy! I hope you enjoy this version. :)

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