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Nutrition Facts

Calories 243
  Calories from Fat 175 (72%)
(31%)Total Fat 20g
(16%)Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
(1%)Cholesterol 4mg
(18%)Sodium 428mg
(25%)Potassium 858mg
Total Carbohydrate 14g
(23%)Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 3g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(11%)Protein 6g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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Pear and Spinach Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette


  • 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar

  • 2 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 3/4 tsp salt

  • 1 small clove garlic, finely chopped or grated on a microplane zester (about 1 teaspoon)

  • 1 large bunch or bag spinach

  • 1 head butter or red lettuce

  • 1 small bulb fennel

  • 1 Bosc or green Anjou pear

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • extra Parmesan cheese chunk for garnish (optional)

Tender spinach is tossed with sliced fennel bulb and sweet pears in this simple salad that delivers complex flavor.


  • In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and salt. Grate garlic clove into mixture and set aside.
  • Wash and dry spinach and lettuce leaves. Tear into bite-sized pieces and put in a serving bowl. Cut fennel bulb in half and slice lengthwise as thinly as possible. Cut the pear in half and core. Thinly slice.
  • Slowly pour olive oil into balsamic-lemon mixture, whisking constantly until the oil is fully incorporated. Add Parmesan cheese and several grinds of black pepper. Drizzle desired quantity of vinaigrette over greens and toss lightly to coat. Add the pears and fennel with additional dressing and toss again to incorporate.
  • Use a vegetable peeler to add thin curls of parmesan cheese for garnish if desired.

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