Winter Pear Salad Recipe | Damn Delicious (2024)

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So hearty with so many feel-good ingredients! Lemon rosemary chicken, brussels sprouts, pear and a honey dijon dressing!

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Anyone else still rolling from the holidays? I feel like I have gained 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas with all the stuffing, cream pies, and corgi sugar cookies I have been stuffing down my gullet the last month.

It’s been absolutely glorious. I still have some leftover corgi sugar cookies hoarded away in my purse. SHHHHHH.

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But I also need all my veggies now, and then some to make up for the holidays, and this salad makes it almost too easy to get in all my nutrients.

With massaged kale, brussels sprouts, pear, pomegranate, and the juiciest marinated lemon rosemary chicken thighs, I can eat this for the entire month of January. The candied walnuts, crumbled blue cheese and honey Dijon dressing also help tremendously.

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Winter Pear Salad

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Prep: 20 minutes minutes

Cook: 20 minutes minutes

Total: 40 minutes minutes

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So hearty with so many feel-good ingredients! Lemon rosemary chicken, brussels sprouts, pear and a honey dijon dressing!

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  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups shredded kale
  • 3 cups shredded brussels sprouts
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 bosc pear, sliced
  • 3 clementines, peeled and segmented
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils
  • ¾ cup candied walnuts
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese


  • In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine chicken, 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper; marinate for at least 2 hours to overnight, turning the bag occasionally. Drain the chicken from the marinade.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a cast iron grill pan over medium-high heat.* Working in batches, add chicken to the grill pan in a single layer and cook until golden brown and cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 4-5 minutes per side.

  • In a large bowl, combine kale, brussels sprouts and green onions; drizzle with remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, vinegar, honey and Dijon. Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Top with pear, clementines, pomegranate, walnuts and blue cheese.

  • Serve immediately.


*If you do not have a cast iron grill pan, you can also use a large cast iron skillet.

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posted on January 2, 2020under chicken, salad
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  1. Karen Rohloff January 2, 2024 @ 1:27 PM Reply

    My husband & I both enjoyed this salad. The marinaded chicken was very juicy. I did not drain any extra liquid before cooking it. Make sure you really massage the kale. It really needs about 10 minutes of massaging. Also, I made 3 times the amount of dressing.

  2. Jason February 25, 2021 @ 8:30 AM Reply

    Absolutely delicious! Had to substitute craisins for pomegranate, and candied pecans for the walnuts, but otherwise made it as shown. Thanks!

  3. Mer January 18, 2021 @ 4:09 PM Reply

    My whole family loves this salad!! I am not a blue cheese fan, so we used feta, but it was great!

  4. Donna February 27, 2020 @ 12:44 PM Reply

    What’s the calorie count for this dish? Anyone know?

    • Jana @ Damn Delicious February 27, 2020 @ 1:05 PM Reply

      Hi Donna! Nutritional information is provided only for select recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, we recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”). Hope that helps!

  5. Patty McMahon January 11, 2020 @ 2:17 PM Reply

    That. Looks “Damn Delicious”!!
    Lip smackin’ Goodness.

  6. Taylor January 10, 2020 @ 8:24 AM Reply

    This was fabulous. Such a great combination of flavors. Thank you so much for posting this!

  7. Kerenza January 9, 2020 @ 11:12 PM Reply

    Look good! I will try your recipe soon for my next holiday.

  8. Heidi January 5, 2020 @ 3:52 PM Reply

    Loved this salad! Was so tasty and filling and just the healthy but fun meal I needed! I’m curious do you know the nutrition information for this?

  9. Patti Kolcun January 5, 2020 @ 1:15 PM Reply

    I just made your Winter pear salad, it was amazing!!!
    My husband said it was the best salad he ever ate. Thank you for this recipe

  10. Christine January 4, 2020 @ 6:41 PM Reply

    Haven’t made it yet, but the picture alone is worth 5 stars! Just curious…it looks like chicken breast (not chicken thighs). Does this change anything in the directions? I’d rather use chicken breast anyway.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Darlene January 3, 2020 @ 9:36 PM Reply

    This salad is so beautiful! I want to make it!! Can you suggest another cheese to
    add, my husband doesn’t eat blue cheese. (I love it, but he won’t touch it). I love all your recipes! The Best!! Happy New Year!!

    • Sarah January 4, 2020 @ 5:14 PM Reply

      Crumbly feta would work. A few slices of brie Or camembert would be indulgent too. Or just give yourself the luxury of blue cheese and him none 😉

  12. Cecilia January 3, 2020 @ 1:43 PM Reply

    Can you recommend another dressing for this amazing salad? I am not a fan of dijon.

    • Sarah January 4, 2020 @ 5:12 PM Reply

      I’d use another mustard then. Or even good mayo if you like creaminess. Or just leave it out – a honey vinegarette is good!

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