Candied Walnut and Pear Salad with a Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

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A delicious and simple to salad with fresh sliced pears, avocado, cranberries and feta cheese. Drizzled with a lemon poppyseed dressing this salad is mouthwatering and full of flavor! 

A bowl of salad topped with walnuts, apples and feta cheese.

Hey everyone! Chelsea from Chelsea’s Messy Apron back with a delicious and easy salad for you all to try. 🙂

I’ve recently discovered just how delicious canned fruit can be in a salad! Particularly in spinach or mixed green salads. It’s great for when the fruit you are wanting isn’t quite in season or you are looking to add some flavor/nutrients to a salad QUICK. This salad has canned pears which are pre-peeled and sliced making it so simple.

Add some pre-made candied walnuts and dried cranberries, a chopped avocado and the easiest ever dressing and you’ve got a delicious and simple salad.

There is a lemon poppyseed homemade dressing that is as easy as squeezing a lemon and blending a few ingredients together. It’s my absolute favorite dressing and a recipe I use constantly. I hope you enjoy!

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Candied Walnut and Pear Salad

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A delicious and simple to salad with fresh sliced pears, avocado, cranberries and feta cheese.  Drizzled with a lemon poppyseed dressing this salad is mouthwatering and full of flavor! 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Chelsea Lords
Servings: 6 Servings at Side


  • 5 ounces ½ of a 10 ounce bag spinach
  • 1 can sliced pears
  • 1 cup candied walnuts find near salad toppings
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese

Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard do not use regular
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon poppyseeds


  • Combine the lemon juice, lemon zest, onion powder, dijon mustard, salt and sugar in a blender or food processor. Blend or pulse until completely smooth. Slowly pour in the vegetable oil and blend.
  • Stir in the poppyseeds.
  • For the rest of the salad:
  • Rinse and dry the mixed greens.
  • Thoroughly drain the pears.
  • Add in the candied walnuts and dried cranberries.
  • Remove the skin and pit of an avocado and dice.
  • Toss all of the ingredients together with the dressing, add some feta cheese, and enjoy immediately.
  • If not enjoying immediately, do not add the dressing until right before eating.
  • If desired, add some grilled chicken to this salad!


Serves: 6

Calories335kcal (17%)Carbohydrates24g (8%)Protein4g (8%)Fat26g (40%)Saturated Fat12g (60%)Cholesterol7mg (2%)Sodium300mg (13%)Potassium305mg (9%)Fiber4g (16%)Sugar17g (19%)Vitamin A2299IU (46%)Vitamin C14mg (17%)Calcium90mg (9%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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Chelsea Lords

Chelsea is the blogger behind Chelsea’s Messy Apron. She is always experimenting in the kitchen and making new things to eat. “Or I am in the kitchen eating. Both are good.” She tries to eat a balanced diet of healthful foods, but she loves desserts. You will find most of her recipes are healthy and easy, but still taste great! She has found that eating is all about balance and she hopes that that is the case on her site!

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  1. 5 stars
    I play cards once a month with friends. I was looking for something to compliment Chinese Chicken Salad that another friend was bringing. They went together perfectly. I would add chicken or salmon if it was to be a main meal.

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