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Crunchy Baby Spinach Salad with Pears and Celery
with leftover pureed squash and carrot soup

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min
Pears, celery, and pomegranates - add crunch, brightness, and color to this fall salad. Paired with your leftover soup, dinner will come together in a flash.
Smarts: If you've never cracked a pomegranate open, wear an apron to prevent any splashing! You can also substitute with craisins too.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
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Crunchy Baby Spinach Salad with Pears and Celery:
  • Shallots (small) - 1/2 bulb, diced
  • Pomegranate seeds - 1/3 cup ((sub craisins / dried cranberries))
  • Celery - 3 ribs, julienned
  • Parsley - 6 sprigs, chopped
  • Asian pears - 2, julienned
  • Lemon juice - 2 Tbsp
  • Apple cider vinegar - 1 Tbsp
  • Maple syrup - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Dijon mustard - 1 Tbsp
  • Cooking oil - 1/4 cup
  • Salt and pepper - to taste
  • Avocado - 1, cubed
  • Baby spinach - 4 oz
  • Walnuts - 1/4 cup, crushed
Leftover Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup:
  • Leftover butternut squash and carrot soup (from Tue) - 4 to 6 cups

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Prep

  1. Shallots / Pomegranate / Celery / Parsley - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  2. Asian Pear - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Whisk together shallots, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and cooking oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Cube avocado.
  3. Toss vinaigrette with pomegranate, celery, pears, parsley, baby spinach, and walnuts. Top with avocado.
  4. Reheat leftover butternut squash soup.
  5. Enjoy your fall spinach salad with butternut squash soup on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (38)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (3)

14 reviews

Really liked the pear and celery slaw. And I'm not really a fan of pears or celery.

By: Michelle
Posted: Jan 08, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Substitute chicken. I liked the pear and celery salad. Good crunch.

By: Meryl
Posted: Dec 20, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Pork was very god, slaw was AWESOME!, I topped the soup with almonds & blue cheese this time and was WAY more impressed with it (cheese will do that).

By: Sarah
Posted: Nov 15, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved the celery/pear slaw and I don't even like celery! Doubled the dressing and used the other half to marinate the pork. Came out very flavorful and ended up with its own "au jus" when took the foil off.

By: Liane
Posted: Nov 13, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was definitely a hit and very delicious. I opted for thick pork chops, which may make a difference here and they were cooked perfectly following the directions! I think the leftover soup actually tasted better on this night, especially with mixing in chopped pecans (no walnuts).

By: Jeremy
Posted: Nov 08, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I don't usually like celery but I really liked the slaw with the pork. Great compliment of each other.

By: Sarah
Posted: Nov 05, 2014
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful