Savory and sweet, this Rocket Pear Salad is a simple and healthy recipe. Perfect as a side dish or light meal with arugula, pear, honey glazed walnuts, parmesan and a balsamic vinaigrette. So delicious and easy, this is sure to become a Fall favorite.
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There was a time that I thought eating homemade salads was like eating weeds.
I loved salads, but boy was I a salad snob about making them at home.
That changed in a big way.
Somewhere around the time of being influenced by my friend’s salad creations and my commitment to better quality ingredients, I fell in love with my own salads.
I loved all the possible flavor combinations, how satisfying eating a salad for dinner was and how much better I felt.
Fast forward about 15 years and I am still a hard core salad lover.
Honest confession, my biggest obsession and the meal I still eat the most after all these years is a huge salad with my Simple Herbed Lemon Vinaigrette.
It shocks me that I still LOVE eating salads with this dressing so many nights of the week.
However, switching up my selection with delicious recipes like this Rocket Pear Salad helps to keep the boredom from ever setting in.
What is Rocket Salad?
Rocket Salad is a salad made of rocket leaves. Rocket Leaves, also know as arugula, are a cruciferous vegetable that works well in all kinds of salads that are dressed with a vinaigrette. The leaves have a peppery and ever so slightly spicy taste, but not worry, they are not hot.
Arugula leaves are a highly nutritionally dense vegetable packing a punch with calcium, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin A. In addition, arugula has been shown to have many health benefits.
How To Make Rocket Pear Salad
To make this incredibly simple salad, follow these steps:
- Whisk together oil, balsamic, dijon, garlic, salt and pepper.
- Cut onion and pear.
- Add to vinaigrette the arugula, cranberries, parmesan, onion, pear and walnuts
- Toss well.
Rocket Salad Ingredients
What makes this salad so incredible is the balance of savory to sweetness and the crisp to buttery textures of ingredients.
- extra virgin olive oil
- coarse dijon mustard
- balsamic vinegar
- fresh garlic
- sea salt
- black pepper
- red onion
- dried sweetened cranberries
- arugula leaves
- shaved parmesan
- Bosc pear
- Candied Walnuts
How To Toss a Salad Easily
The easiest way I have found to toss a large salad is to whisk the vinaigrette together in the bottom of a large mixing bowl and then toss using these tongs.
Additional Ingredient Options
Here are some more ideas of other possible flavor combinations.
- lemon juice
- dried cherries
- green apple
- fuji apple
- goat cheese
- slivered almonds
- smoked salmon
What To Serve With Rocket Pear Salad
Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes
Crispy Baked Rosemary Potatoes
Rocket Pear Salad
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp coarse grained dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp crushed garlic *about 3 lg garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
For the Salad
- 1 small red onion *cut into thin strips
- 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries
- 7 oz bag arugula leaves
- 1/2 cup shaved parmesan
- 1 lg bosc pear *thinly sliced and cut in half
- 1 cup Candied Walnuts
- In a large mixing bowl whisk together olive oil and balsamic and then remaining vinaigrette ingredients.
- Add in ingredients for the salad and toss well.
- If serving 4, this recipe makes 4 small side salads.
- For those who love salads and are eating this as the main entree, this recipe will serve 1-2 people.
Could you use Dijon instead of course? Only because I don’t have course mustard, but if it’s a major difference I will gladly go out and buy some. Thanks!
You absolutely can use dijon in place of the course mustard. It may add just a hint more tang but the candied walnuts will balance it out beautifully. Enjoy!
Stephanie Hamilton says
Being French, I just wanted to let you know that this lettuce is called roquette (pronounced like dinette) not like rocket (pronounced like pocket) Looking forward to tasting it this evening.
Hi Stephanie. Thank you for the explanation. In the U.S. arugula is also called rocket leaves.
I do hope you enjoy!
Absolutely delicious and easy! Loved the candied nuts as they were made with honey!!
I am so happy to hear. Thank you Nadia for trying the recipe and coming back to rate it.
Can I add an additional type of lettuce?
Absolutely. Arugula (or rocket leaves) have a bit of a peppery taste to them so they pair extremely well with the other ingredients in this salad. However, it is super important that you tailor it to your taste preferences. So if there is another type of lettuce that you enjoy please feel free to substitute.
Can I prepare the dressing the night before ?
Hi Brie. Yes, the dressing can be made the night before and refrigerated. If the oil congeals leave at room temperature for about 1 hour before dressing the salad.
This salad is SO delicious…..
Just mentioning that best to add dressing right before swrving. I added it with an hour to go before serving and had to add some extra ‘fresh’ rocket to refresh it.
Flavour sensation and will make again.
Thanks for the recipe 🙂
Wonderful suggestion and I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to come back and comment.