Autumn Greens, Poached Cranberries, Walnuts and Asian Pears

  • Yield: 4 servings


Ginger Ale Vinaigrette:
1/2cup jarred chutney (mango, apple or any variety)
1cup ginger ale
2tablespoons raspberry or apple cider vinegar
1tablespoon walnut or extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and fresh-ground black pepper, to taste
Autumn Salad:
2cups fresh cranberries
1cup waer, ginger ale or apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 (4-ounce) bag field greens
1medium Asian apple pear, unpeeled, cored and chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4cup walnuts, lightly toasted*
2tablespoons crumbled goat cheese, for garish


  1. To make vinaigrette: Combine all ingredients in a nonreactive small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. To make salad: Place cranberries, water and cinnamon stick in a nonreactive small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes until cranberries pop and soften. Remove from stove and let cool.
  3. When ready to serve, place field greens in a large mixing bowl. Toss apple pear with lemon juice to prevent browning and add to the greens. Add cranberries and their liquid, walnuts and vinaigrette. Toss well and top with goat cheese.

*To toast nuts: Place nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in a 375-degree oven about 10 minutes, shaking pan periodically to turn nuts, until nuts are golden and fragrant. Or place in a dry skillet over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often. 

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 214
  • Fat 10g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Cholesterol 3mg
  • Sodium 40mg
  • Carbohydrate 32g
  • Fiber 5g
  • Sugars 25g
  • Protein 3g