Mixed Greens with Pears and Spicy Pecans

greens-pears-pecans Leigh Beisch


  • Pecans:
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
  • Salad:
  • 6 cups gourmet salad greens
  • 1 cup trimmed arugula
  • 2 Bosc pears, cored and chopped


  1. Pecans: Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add nuts, sugar, and red pepper; cook 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from pan.

  2. Dressing: Whisk together juice and next 4 ingredients (through 1 tablespoon oil) in a bowl; add cheese.

  3. Salad: Combine greens, arugula, and pears in a bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss. Sprinkle with nuts.

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 198
Fat per serving: 10g
Saturated fat per serving: 2g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 6g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 2g
Protein per serving: 3g
Carbohydrate per serving: 27g
Fiber per serving: 5g
Cholesterol per serving: 3mg
Iron per serving: 2mg
Sodium per serving: 153mg
Calcium per serving: 90mg

Good to Know

You can cut out simple sugars, which are unhealthy carbohydrates, by skipping the sugar on the pecans. The honey in the dressing and pears will offer a lot of sweetness.

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