Autumn Harvest Spinach Salad with Pears, Cranberries, and Pumpkin Seeds

This week’s theme in the ‘I Heart Cooking Clubs’ food blogging group is “Autumn Harvest” with Nigella Lawson’s recipes. I selected her Spinach Salad with Pumpkin Seeds and Avocados because I just LOVE spinach salad and always serve it for special occasions and holidays. However, I’ve never made this particular recipe. So I decided to give it a go. And as usual, I made some changes for my own creativity by ADDING sliced pears, dried cranberries, and a cranberry balsamic vinaigrette instead of using Nigella’s dressing. These additions truly made this salad more representative of autumn fare!

Autumn Harvest Spinach Salad with Pears, Cranberries, and Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 packages of baby spinach leaves
  • pumpkin seeds
  • 2 sliced pears with peels (my addition)
  • 2 avocados, peeled and cubed
  • dried cranberries (my addition)
  • Cranberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp cranberries
  • 4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and mix until smooth. Adjust ingredients by adding what you prefer
  2. Here's what you need to do to prepare the salad:
  3. Gently wash the spinach leaves with water and gently pat dry with a towel.
  4. Add the avocado to the spinach.
  5. Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds in the spinach.Add dried cranberries to your desired amounts.
  6. Gently toss together well.
  7. Place on individual salad plates and place several slices of the pears on top.
  8. Add more cranberries or pumpkin seeds if desired.
  9. Either add the vinaigrette and toss lightly all of the ingredients again or pass the vinaigrette around in a pretty bowl or small pitcher for your guests to add their own dressing.


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  1. says

    This is a fabulous choice for autumn harvest! I love that you used pears and cranberries. It sounds so wonderful!! I’m looking forward to following you along – you have a wonderful blog!!

  2. says

    This is a beautiful salad not to mention the delicious flavors all used here. I love the dressing and I think it would easily become one of my new favorites!

  3. says

    Oh my gosh, this is such a perfect autumn salad…the pictures alone are making me drool! Great additions 😀 Thanks for bringing it to IHCC for the Autumn Harvest, Roz 😀

  4. says

    I adore spinach and I have beautiful pairs waiting to become something sweet and luscious– and, I should hope– healthy. LOVE balsamic, so this would be the perfect salad. Is white vino healthy?
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