This salad is packed with bold flavors! It is sweet from the pear and cranberries, yet smokey from the bacon tempeh––a perfect combination. The pecans add a satisfying crunch to every bite! Don’t skip making the balsamic reduction. It creates an even bolder flavor for this truly unique salad.
Vegan Smoky-and-sweet Pear Salad
Recipe Type: Lunch/Dinner/Side
Serving Size: 1 salad
Makes 4 servings
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
4 slices bacon tempeh
8 cups spring mix salad
1 pear, sliced
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup pecans, chopped
- First, make balsamic reduction. You can also purchase reduced balsamic and skip this step.
- Simmer balsamic vinegar and maple syrup in a small saucepan, stirring continuously for about 5–10 minutes until thick. Set aside.
- Cook bacon tempeh for about 5 minutes until warmed through and browned on the edges.
- Assemble each salad with 2 cups spring mix, ¼ pear, 2 tablespoons cranberries, 2 tablespoons pecans, 1 strip of bacon (crumbled), and ¼ balsamic reduction. Enjoy!
|NUTRITIONAL INFO||PER SERVING|
|Calories||250 (100 from fat)|
|Carbohydrate||38g (7g dietary fiber, 24g sugar)|
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