In the last two weeks, my taste buds have taken on a slight preference for comfort foods. But leafy green salads are still very high on my priority list. I crave salads all year long, not just in the warmer months. Especially when they’re filled with local, seasonal ingredients.
This Autumn Kale Salad with Sautéed Pears is my current obsession. It incorporates so many of my favorite Fall flavors, like fresh apple cider and maple syrup. And it highlights what I consider to be one of the most underappreciated Fall fruits: pears.
Pears always seem like they are playing second fiddle to apples. I mean, I love apples. Who doesn’t!?!? And admittedly, I’ve been on a bit of an apple spree myself these days. But pears deserve to be taken seriously once in a while, too. So I always make it a point to give them the spotlight in a couple different recipes over the course of their season.
For previous pear perfect recipes (say that three times fast!), check out these appetizers, this cake and this breakfast essential!
For the base of this salad, I used tender, baby kale. But you could use whatever greens you love (baby spinach would be excellent!). I added in red grapes, pecans and blue cheese crumbles. But the real showstopper in this recipe is the sautéed pears. Slightly softened, flavored with both apple cider and maple syrup, and so gosh darn pretty that it seems like a shame to chop them up, they are the perfect topper for all your leafy green bowls this Fall.
Choose pears (I used Bartlett pears for this recipe) that are ripe, but still a bit firm when pressed. Because you don’t want them getting too soft and mushy when you cook them. That would be no bueno.
What are your favorite ways to use pears this time of year? I would love to hear your ideas!
Autumn Kale Salad with Sautéed Pears
I love my fall apples and pumpkin, but pears are just as popular in my kitchen during the fall months Liz! I’ll definitely be giving this salad a try. It sounds just delish!
You’re definitely going to love it, Mary Ann!
I’m so excited that I have all of these ingredients. Thanks for the lunch inspo.
Yay! That makes me so happy to hear, Aimee! Enjoy!
I am SO making this salad for Thanksgiving!!!
YAS! It would be perfect for Thanksgiving!
Pear and blue cheese salads are totally my jam!! I’m all over this 🙂
They are a match made in Heaven!
Mmmm those sauteed pears, Liz! I love a good fork and knife salad… so cutting into those pears while enjoying a bit of kale sounds delicious! That blue cheese pairs perfectly with their flavor. I’m with you on pears… apples seem to get the spotlight.. but I love them, and I adore them in salads too. I also love putting diced and tossed with cinnamon on top of porridge, chia pudding and/or hot oatmeal. Also, least I forget, their perfect in green smoothies too! xo
Oh these sautéed pears would be great in a breakfast bowl! I gotta try that next!
The perfect fall salad!
This looks like the perfect savory dish to showcase pears!!
I’m giving them some serious loving here!
I agree with you – pears are SO underrated! This salad is right up my alley 🙂
I hope you try it out!
This salad is so beautiful! I just love the pears!
Totally agree – pears are super underrated. I feel like I would love this salad as is, but also as the toppings on a fall pizza hehe. 😉
Oh yes! I like how you think! Pizza is always a good idea!
I always forget about grapes. Must make up to them by making this salad, yes? So goooood! Love the sauteed pears too. Gah!
I tend to forget about them, too. But the past two weeks I’ve been on a grape spree and adding them to everything!
Those sauteed pears are an amazing touch!
They are the perfect topper! 🙂
I just love this salad! I have made it four times since I found it.
Love the combination of it. Could add chicken if you wanted
a complete meal.
So glad you love it! One of my favorites, too!
Sounds delicious to me,for Thanksgiving!!