Mixed Salad with Vanilla-Pear Vinaigrette and Toasted Walnuts

Mixed Salad with Vanilla-Pear Vinaigrette and Toasted Walnuts

Posted by Ana Franco on


For the Salad:

  • Mixed salad greens (such as spinach, arugula, and mesclun)
  • 1 pear, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • Optional: crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese

For the Villa Vainilla - Pear Vinaigrette:

  • 1 ripe pear, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Vinaigrette:

    • In a blender or food processor, combine the chopped pear, vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey or maple syrup, and Villa Vainilla extract.
    • Blend until smooth.
    • While the blender is running, gradually drizzle in the olive oil until the vinaigrette is emulsified.
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  2. Toast the Walnuts:

    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Spread the walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet.
    • Toast in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until fragrant and lightly golden brown.
    • Remove from the oven and let cool. Once cooled, roughly chop the walnuts.
  3. Assemble the Salad:

    • In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed salad greens, sliced pear, and toasted walnuts.
    • If using, sprinkle crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese over the top.
  4. Dress the Salad:

    • Drizzle the vanilla-pear vinaigrette over the salad, starting with a little and adding more as needed.
    • Toss the salad gently to evenly coat the ingredients with the dressing.
  5. Serve:

    • Once the salad is evenly dressed, transfer it to serving plates or bowls.
    • Optionally, garnish with additional toasted walnuts or cheese if desired.
    • Serve immediately and enjoy!

This salad combines the sweetness of the pear and Villa Vainilla in the vinaigrette with the crunch of toasted walnuts, creating a delicious and refreshing dish. Feel free to adjust the ingredients and quantities according to your taste preferences.

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