2. Spinach Pear Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette

Spinach Pear Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette

Of course, some recipes that use chocolate are still on the sweeter side. I love pears – on their own, poached, and definitely in salads, where they lend a cool, crisp, fresh sweetness to the greens. With this fab chocolate vinaigrette, this will be your new go-to salad, whether you have it for lunch, use it for the salad course, or eat it as a side.


1 ounce milk chocolate, chopped

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach

1 large pear, sliced

3 tablespoons dried cranberries

2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted


In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Whisk in the vinegar, oil, honey, salt and pepper; set aside.

Divide spinach among four salad plates. Top with pear, cranberries and almonds. Drizzle with dressing. Yield: 4 servings.

Source: tasteofhome.com

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