Pear, Raspberry and Pistachio Salad with a Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

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Pistachios in a salad.  Why have I not done this before?  I am obsessed with Pistachios.  One year at Christmas, my dad wrapped me a present under the tree and can you guess what it was?  A giant bag of pistachios from Costco.  That was the best Christmas ever.   I am pretty sure that is one of the reasons that we have a membership to Costco now. 😉

I wanted to put together a delicious salad with the ingredients that I already had on hand.  Being that I have been eating clean for 30 days now, my house is filled with fruit.  I wanted to put pear and raspberry together in a salad.  I love fruit in a salad because you are getting the best of both worlds.  Your greens and your veggies.

This creamy poppyseed dressing is my absolute favorite.  I have used it in these salads here and here as well.  It is no secret that it is a personal favorite.   It is creamy, tangy, and sweet all rolled up into one and is the perfect dressing.  
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This salad became an instant favorite with the first bite!  So many amazing flavor combinations and the pears and raspberries went together perfectly.  But my favorite part was the crunch of the pistachios throughout!   Gave it such a unique and yummy flavor.  If you love pistachios and want a great salad full of flavor, then this salad is just for you!
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Pear, Raspberry and Pistachio Salad with a Creamy Poppyseed Dressing
 
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A delicious and healthy salad filled with raspberries, pears, and pistachios add a delicious flavor and crunch!
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 4 cups romaine, chopped
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 pears, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Creamy Poppyseed Dressing:
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. To make the dressing: Whisk together in a small bowl mayonnaise, milk, sugar, cider vinegar, and poppyseeds. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add tossed romaine, raspberries, pears, pistachios, and feta cheese. Toss the salad. Add the poppyseed dressing and carefully toss to coat all of the ingredients. Serve immediately.

 

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Comments

  1. Well, we are big pistachios eaters here. Except we get both father’s in law huuuuggs bags of pistachios for Christmas (you know with a sweater or something) and it’s a hit every year. Great salad though. Raspberries and poppy seeds are big around here too.

  2. Love all the colors in this — so vibrant!! The perfect pick-me-up salad for these blustery days.

  3. Fruit, nuts and cheese in a salad make it worth eating! We buy that big bag of pistachios also, at Costco…so far I have resisted the giant jar of jelly beans! Pinning this 🙂

  4. Looks like a pretty spectacular combination to me! 🙂

  5. My dad loves nuts, and I still remember when he tried to teach my how to eat pistachios. He handed me one and demonstrated how to crack it open, but I tried and tried and couldn’t get the shell off! So after about 5 minutes (yes, I struggled that long), I handed it over to my dad… And even he couldn’t get it open. Whoops! But anyway, I love this salad! That dressing is totally calling my name too. Pinned!

  6. The salad was delightful! We had guests over and everyone not only enjoyed it but wanted the recipe. I felt the same way. That’s why I decided to make this wonderful salad in the first place!

  7. I already posted a comment above.

  8. I love your story behind the pistachios, because the opposite happens every Christmas in my house – We wrap up a huge bag for my DAD! He is totally obsessed!

    The salad looks phenomenal too : ) I am definitely going to try this combination!

  9. I loved the flavours in this recipe. Definately one to make and serve immediately though. I made this a couple of hours before serving and only added dressing just before. I found it wilted quite quickly. Other than that, it was a hit.

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