Sweet and Savory: Cranberry Pear Walnut Avocado Spinach Salad

by deborah on February 3, 2016 · 24 comments

in Nourish, Plant-based diet, Plant-based Recipes, Vegan

Sweet and Savory: Cranberry Pear Walnut Avocado Spinach Salad

In my crunchy, colorful, organic plant-based kitchen, healthy, hearty salads are an

everyday occurrence.

A fresh, flavorful, multi-textured salad made with seasonal ingredients is my idea

of comfort food.

Imagine savoring each mouthful of pear, walnuts, cranberry, red onion, tomatoes,

avocado and spinach with a creamy tahini dressing.

The sweet and savory mix of flavors in this quick and easy salad titillated my taste

buds and brought a smile to my face.

I hope you enjoy it as well.

Cranberry Pear Walnut Avocado Spinach Salad

Cranberry Pear Walnut Avocado Spinach Salad

Makes 3 servings


4 cups organic spinach

1 large organic red onion, thinly sliced

1 cup cherry tomatoes. sliced

3 organic pears, cut into cubes

1 cup dried organic cranberries

1 cup organic walnuts, soaked 8 hours

1 large avocado, peeled and cubed

Dried red pepper flakes


Cranberry Pear Walnut Avocado Spinach Salad

Dressing ingredients

1/3 cup Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 cup filtered water

3 tablespoons organic sesame tahini

2 cloves garlic, peeled

1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

A pinch of Celtic or Himalyan Sea Salt

1 tablespoon organic coconut oil (optional)

Cranberry Pear Walnut Avocado Spinach Salad


Soak the pear and vegetables in a basin of vinegar and water.

Rinse and drain the spinach.

Rinse and slice the onion.

Rinse, then cut the pear into cubes.

Rinse, then slice each tomato in half.

Rinse, peel and cut the avocado into cubes.

Drain and rinse walnuts.

Cranberry Pear Walnut Avocado Spinach Salad


Blend the Dressing

Add the dressing ingredients to your blender

Blend until smooth.

Taste the dressing.

Adjust as needed to suit your taste.

Sweet and Savory: Cranberry Pear Walnut Avocado Spinach Salad

Assemble the Salad

Place the spinach in a large bowl.

Add the sliced onion and tomatoes.

Add the pear and avocado chunks.

Toss cranberries and walnuts across the salad.

Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top.

Lightly toss the salad ingredients with tongs.

Cranberry Pear Walnut Avocado Spinach Salad

Serve salad in individual bowls.

Drizzle each salad with dressing.




Are you are salad lover?

What are some of your favorite salad ingredients?

Share your thoughts and comments with us.


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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Dr. Jennifer Weinberg MD MPH | Simple Pure Whole Wellness February 4, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Yum! I love this combination of ingredients. It looks like such a satisfying salad. Pinning to share 🙂


deborah February 4, 2016 at 6:24 pm

Thanks Jennifer! I’m glad you like it! Thanks for pinning it. I appreciate it.


Quirky Homemaker February 5, 2016 at 4:03 pm

Although we are not strictly plant based here, we DO love salads of all types. This looks awesome! I would love it if you’d come link it up to the first ever “Balanced & Healthy Living Link Up Party”!! Stopping by from Friendship Friday today. Have an excellent weekend!


deborah February 6, 2016 at 12:34 pm

I would love to link up at the “Balanced & Healthy Living Link Up Party! When does start each week?


Randi Tisdall February 5, 2016 at 6:06 pm

So yummy looking! Thanks so much for sharing on my linkup, I love getting new ideas for salads:)


jill conyers February 6, 2016 at 4:26 am

I have a similar recipe I make but only for the holidays. I love it and I’m not sure why I don’t make it more often.


Marla February 6, 2016 at 10:07 am

Hi Deborah,
You have the best salad recipes! This combination sounds great together – so tasty and healthy. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!


Jennifer February 7, 2016 at 9:04 pm

Wow, this sounds so good! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home.



Amberjane February 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm

Such a tasty looking salad Deborah – thank you for sharing with Pin worthy Wednesday


Helen Fern February 9, 2016 at 10:41 am

Looks like what I need for lunch! Thanks for sharing on the “whats for dinner” linky party!


deborah February 9, 2016 at 10:52 am

Hi Helen,
I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it.


Gaye @CalmHealthySexy February 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm

This is a gorgeous salad, Deborah. Pinning it to share. Thanks for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party.


deborah February 12, 2016 at 10:47 am

Hi Gaye,
I’m so glad you like this mason jar salad! Thanks for pinning it and for sharing your thoughts.


Melissa February 12, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Hey just stopping by and let you know your awesome post was picked as a feature this week on #HomeMattersParty linky. You can see it at http://adventuresfrugalmom.com/home-matters-linky-party-73/. Make sure to grab the I was featured button for your sidebar. Congrats and thanks for linking up.


deborah February 12, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Hi Melissa,
I am so delighted to hear that this salad was featured on the Home Matters Party. I appreciate this honor and recognition. I am adding the button to my blog. Thanks for your support!


Jennifer February 15, 2016 at 7:59 pm

Congratulations! You’ll be featured again this week at My Flagstaff Home!



deborah February 15, 2016 at 11:40 pm

Hi Jennifer,
I am so delighted to hear that Urban Naturale’s post has been featured at My Flagstaff Home! I sincerely appreciate the support and recognition!


Marla November 7, 2016 at 11:46 am

HI Deborah,
Thanks for sharing this healthy and delicious salad on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!


kimmythevegan November 9, 2016 at 11:36 pm

This salad sounds great Deborah! I love the greens – the nutritious spinach & healthy fats from the avocado. And the crunchy nuts and sweet cranberries paired with pear sounds like a wonderful combination.
Thanks so much for sharing at Healthy Vegan Fridays – I’m pinning & sharing!


Christine November 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Great recipe! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Create & Crave.


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