Apple and Pear Salad with Curry Vinaigrette

Apple and Pear Salad with Curry Vinaigrette

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, we couldn’t hold ourselves back from such a bounty – and we’ve also been working to develop a recipe or two using apples for the Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market.

We love apples most when they are raw, for their sweet taste and delicious crunch. So rather than cook them up, we thought we’d highlight their raw flavor in a fresh take on an old favorite salad of ours. This version uses a curry vinaigrette, which was the star of the show. The subtle spice was the perfect highlight to the sweet apples, pears, and golden raisins. I’ll have to admit this new version will be the one we’ll be using from now on.

Give it a try to start off the beginning of the harvest season! (Even if your weather hasn’t quite caught up yet!)


Apple and Pear Salad with Curry Vinaigrette

1 Star (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon real maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 cups salad greens
  • 3 tablespoons pepitas (pumpkin seeds), roasted if possible
  • 3 tablespoons golden raisins


  1. In a small canning jar or in a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Shake vigorously or whisk to combine.
  2. Core and thinly slice the apply and pear. Wash the salad greens. If the pepitas are not roasted, place them in a dry pan over medium high heat, and toast for about 3 minutes, shaking the pan and watching constantly so they do not burn.
  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.



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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.


  • 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
      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:)

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    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
    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
      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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