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Roasted Pear Salad Recipe With Balsamic Reduction

Roasted Pear Salad Recipe With Balsamic Reduction

This roasted pear salad recipe is jam-packed with flavor.

It only has 5 main ingredients and is made with fresh spinach, sweet roasted pears, shredded Parmesan cheese and a balsamic reduction.

A close-up photo of a bowl of spinach salad with roasted pear with balsamic reduction on a wooden cutting board.

Pear salad

I have never been a big fan of pears but this salad may have turned that around for me.

It turns out that some fruits are better roasted / cooked and some are better raw.

Now you can put a roasted pear on pretty much anything and I am guaranteed to eat it. 

This is a great fall fruit recipe. Pears are in season starting around August and various types of pears are in season all the way through May.

This means that you have a nice window of time to create this yummy recipe.

How to tell when pears are ripe

To figure out if a pear is ripe and sweet, take it in your hand.

Give it a gentle squeeze close to the stem.

If it gives a little but isn’t squishy, it is ripe.

Pears don’t ripen on the tree. They need some time after they are picked to ripen and turn sweeter.

How to ripen a pear faster

If you have an unripe pear, you can leave it on the counter for a few days.

If you want to speed up the ripening of a pear, place it in a bowl with bananas and other ripening fruit.

How to store a ripe pear

Once a pear is ripe, you can store it in the refrigerator loose in the produce drawer for 4 to 5 days.

Keeping a pear in the fridge will slow the ripening process.

So if you don’t plan to use the pear for several days, this is a great option to keep your pears fresh.

Which type of pear is best?

There are 10 common varieties of pears.

I chose bartlett pears for this recipe but any green pear would serve you well.

Bartlett pears are considered to be one of the juiciest pears and I feel like they roast the best in the oven.

A close-up photo of a white plate of roasted pear salad with balsamic reduction.

Can I use a different cheese?

Heck yeah!

If you don’t want to use parmesan cheese on this recipe blue cheese or feta cheese would be other great options.

I don’t believe that a cheddar cheese would work well with this salad.

The best tip is to stay with a light-colored cheese.

Salad dressing options

Making a balsamic reduction takes a decent bit of time. You can buy ready-made balsamic glaze from Amazon (aff) to save time.

If you are in a big hurry to eat, you can drizzle this salad with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

A balsamic reduction does create a richer flavor, which is why I have started making it in bulk.

A close-up photo of a plate of roasted pear salad with balsamic infusion.

Tips on roasting pears in the oven

  • Dab the cut pears with a paper towel to help dry them so they don’t steam in the oven.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper to keep pears from sticking.
  • Arrange the pears cut side down on the prepared pan.
  • Finish the pears by broiling them in the oven for 60 seconds. This will just add that extra bit of crisp edge. (Watch them closely and don’t overcook them.)

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Roasted Pear Salad Recipe

Roasted Pear Salad Recipe

This is an easy spinach salad topped with luscious roasted pears and parmesan, with a simple balsamic reduction dressing!


  • 4 c. raw spinach
  • 4 oz. shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 ripe green pears
  • 5 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 1 c. balsamic vinegar


  1. Create balsamic reduction – Add balsamic vinegar and olive oil to a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir frequently until mixture begins to boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to stir occasionally. Keep cooking until liquid reduces to about ⅓ of original volume. Set aside and let cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  3. Prepare the pears – Wash and dry your pears, but don't peel them. Cut the pears into wedges. Discard the core.
  4. Place a silicone baking mat or parchment paper on a baking sheet. Lay the pear slices on the baking sheet making sure to leave space between each piece. Brush the pears with olive oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake the pears in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and use a spatula to flip the pears. Return the pears to the oven and cook for another 10 – 15 minutes until the pears are brown and soft. If desired, turn the oven to broil and broil the pears for one minute.
  6. Prepare spinach – Thoroughly wash and dry spinach. Add spinach to a large serving bowl.
  7. Remove the roasted pears from the oven and allow them to cool slightly.
  8. Prepare the salad – Add the roasted pears to the bowl with spinach. Sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese on top. Pour over 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Drizzle the balsamic reduction on top. Finish with cracked pepper on top, as desired.
  9. Serve immediately!

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Sandy Weinstein

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

liked shared, i love salads.

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