Apple Pear Salad with Curry Vinaigrette

This delicious apple pear salad features fresh fruit and golden raisins over leafy greens, tossed with a flavorful curry vinaigrette.

Apple pear salad

Apples, pears, and squash are starting to make their appearance at our farmer’s markets. I must admit that my thinking hasn’t quite caught up to autumn quite yet, since we still have tons of basil and another round of tomatoes ripening in our garden. However, Alex and I couldn’t hold ourselves back from such a bounty! We decided to make this apple pear salad with a tangy curry vinaigrette: and man, was it worth it. The vinaigrette is so unique, you’ll want to try it on everything!

Apples and pears

What’s in this apple pear salad?

What’s better than biting into the sweet tart crunch of a raw apple? Rather than cook up the apples we got at the farmers market, we love highlighting raw apples in salads. This apple pear salad has a very unique component: a curry vinaigrette. It’s the star of the show, and you’ll want to put it on all of your salads! It’s incredibly easy to make and lends a nuance in flavor to the salad.

The subtle spice of the curry vinaigrette was the perfect highlight to the sweet apples and pears. To add another nod to an actual curry, we added some golden raisins for another sweet element. Golden raisins are sometimes used in savory curries or chutneys to bring in a sweetness. Then for a little crunch, some pepitas (pumpkin seeds) or walnuts.

How to make a curry vinaigrette

To make the curry vinaigrette, you’ll simply whisk together white wine vinegar, curry powder, a little maple syrup to soften the flavor, and salt. Then whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy emulsion forms. It’s important to whisk in the olive oil slowly so that the dressing is emulsified: otherwise it will have a tendency to split out into the oil and vinegar.

Apple pear salad

Roasting pepitas at home

We can usually find pepitas at our local grocery store roasted and salted, and they’re perfect in salads for texture and a little salty zing. If you can’t find roasted pepitas, you can toast them in a skillet: here’s how to do it:

  • Place the pepitas in a dry pan over medium high heat.
  • Toast for about 3 minutes, shaking the pan and watching constantly so they do not burn.

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Apple pear salad

Apple Pear Salad with Curry Vinaigrette


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This delicious apple pear salad features fresh fruit and golden raisins over leafy greens, tossed with a flavorful curry vinaigrette.


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Ingredients

For the curry vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil

For the apple pear salad

  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 6 cups salad greens
  • 3 tablespoons roasted salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) or walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons golden raisins

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, curry powder, maple syrup, and kosher salt. Then gradually whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy emulsion forms.
  2. Core and thinly slice the apply and pear. Wash the salad greens.
  3. Place salad greens on a plate; top with apple and pear slices and a sprinkling of golden raisins and pepitas. Drizzle with curry vinaigrette.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Apple pear salad, Curry vinaigrette, Salad Recipes, Healthy Salad Recipes, Fruit Salad Recipes, Apple Salad Recipe

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Last updated: November 2019

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

8 Comments

  • Reply
    raquel @ Erecipe
    September 12, 2011 at 12:53 am

    This salad is so good! This is great as a side item with any dish but can be eaten alone as a light meal.

  • Reply
    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    September 12, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Pretty! I love curry and I love golden raisins. Oh yeah, and I love apples. And pears. Hahaha… I guess I would love this salad? :) Looks great!

    • Reply
      Alex
      September 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Haha! Sounds right up your alley :)

  • Reply
    Smaczny Dom
    September 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

    must try:)

  • Reply
    The Culinary Chase
    September 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Yum! I love salads and especially like your curry dressing. Cheers!

  • Reply
    Parsley Sage
    September 14, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Great salad! I love the curry vinaigrette, I bet that tastes amazing :) Buzzed

  • Reply
    kateiscooking
    September 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Love the idea of the curry vinaigrette. Have you ever tried it with Gordon’s Shagbark Hickory syrup?

    • Reply
      Alex
      September 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      We didn’t use their hickory syrup for this recipe – but we’ve had it before. I’m sure that it would be delicious!

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