Carmelized Onion and Pear Salad

Carmelized Onion and Pear Salad

I’m a big fan of adding fruit to salads, but you have to be sure to “pear” it right, or it just seems out of place.  Ok, bad joke… but good salad.  In this recipe you can sub in a pre-made spring mix for the greens, I just happened to have a boatload of different greens from my shopping trip so I made my own green mix.

If you’re in charge of bringing the salad for any event, I highly recommend this one over your standard green salad.  It’ll make you seem like a fancy person, but it’s pretty simple to make.   Using a veggie peeler for the carrots is a nice little aesthetic touch, but it also gives it a good texture.  If you are making this ahead of time, you may want to keep the cooked part & dressing separate until you are ready to serve.

If you want to make a meal out of this and need a little more protein, some shrimp would probably go well with this. Just add them in with the pears and onions when cooking.  And if you are a dairy eater, you could probably throw on a little goat cheese or feta as well.

Carmelized Onion and Pear Salad

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


For the Salad:

  • 1 head of green leaf lettuce chopped
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves
  • 2 handfuls of baby arugula
  • 1/2 carrot sliced with a peeler
  • 1/2 yellow onion sliced
  • 1 green Anjou pear peeled and sliced
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds or pine nuts

For the Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard


  • Heat a pan on medium heat with a tablespoon of coconut oil and add the onions. Let them cook for about 5 minutes until they start to turn translucent, then add the pears and cook for another 5 minutes until the pear softens and browns slightly.
  • Mix the dressing. Add 1/3 to the pan just before removing from the heat (1 minute).
  • Assemble the greens on a plate or bowl. For the carrots, peel off the outer layer with a vegetable peeler and then continue to peel layers into the greens so that you get very thin carrot strips. Add the remaining dressing and toss to coat.
  • Mix in the onions, pears and nuts and top with some fresh cracked pepper and sea salt



  • Lani
    Posted at 02:10h, 06 November Reply

    Looks yummy! I didnt know you started a recipe blog. I am always looking for new and healthy recipes.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 18:21h, 05 November Reply

      Thanks love! Yes…it’s almost ready. I have a bit more content to add and have a few design tweaks as well. I didn’t necessarily mean to post this to Facebook, but it did it automatically. Should have everything all set in the next week! I’ll be sending out a bi-weekly newsletter with new recipes and random food/health info if you want to sign up at the top of the page 🙂

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