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Apple Pear Salad

by jenny sansouci on October 4, 2011

The fall months are often filled with warm, savory, hearty foods. I love those foods dearly, of course, but sometimes we need a little crisp refreshing bite to balance out a meal. Lately I’ve been craving something fresh and bright, but also fall-inspired. Apples and pears are both in season, so I created a simple, fresh-as-can-be little salad that’s perfect for serving before a hot, hearty fall meal! You will LOVE this, I promise. It’s so easy, and so yummy.

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 1 small apple (any variety, preferably with a red skin)
  • 1 small pear
  • coarsely ground sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • a few leaves of fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • water with lemon juice (optional, prevents apple/pear from turning brown)

Slice your apple and pear into thin slices. To prevent browning of the apple & pear, put them in a bowl of water with lemon juice while you’re setting up the rest of the dish.

Whisk together the olive oil & balsamic vinegar. Some say the best ratio for a vinaigrette is 3:1 olive oil to vinegar, but I like mine a little more vinegary so I just used 1/2 and 1/2. Up to you.

Chop basil leaves into pieces.

Arrange apples & pears on a plate. Sprinkle with basil leaves, salt, pepper, and vinaigrette dressing.

Enjoy this refreshing, savory + sweet fall salad!

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