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Rocket, Pear and Walnut Salad

By 28/08/2018 No Comments

Day 8 of Salad a Day

Rocket pear and walnut salad

This is a simple recipe that I’ve seen served in restaurants. A simple combination of just 6 ingredients creates an interesting combination of texture and flavour. I have also served this as part of a 4 course meal to 10 hungry university students and the four courses came in at under $7 per person. Ingredients that don’t cost a lot can come together in a way that shouts decadence in your mouth. You can replace the walnuts with sunflower seeds to make it nut free.


Rocket, Pear and Walnut Salad

  • Author: Amanda
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Australian


  • 3 pears
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons rapadura sugar
  • 1 large bag rocket
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (extra)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Leaving the skins on, slice pears thinly into match sticks.
  3. Place in a bowl. Pour balsamic vinegar and sugar over the pears. Toss to combine.
  4. Lay pears on a tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 15 mins.
  5. Chop walnuts and place onto an oven tray.
  6. In the last 5 minutes of roasting pears, add the walnuts to the oven.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  8. Place rocket in bowl. Toss extra balsamic vinegar through rocket.
  9. Add cooled pears and walnuts.
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This is part of #saladaday – A fresh, new salad everyday for 30 days. After being inundated with requests to have all the salad recipes together, I’ve collated them all into an ebook, which is on sale here.

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