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waldorf salad with dressing

Quick Waldorf Inspired Winter Salad

  • Author: Teri Turner
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Salad
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Waldorf Inspired salad is perfect for fall and winter eating. It’s creamy and luscious and great for the holiday season!


For the dressing:

2 super ripe pears, cut into pieces  

1 cup Whole30 mayonnaise or regular mayonnaise

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Kosher salt


For the Salad:

½ cup walnuts

4.5 oz greens of choice, we used soft lettuce

Kosher salt

2 ripe pears, cut into thin long slices

1 cup pomegranate seeds

¾ cup sliced celery

6 to 8 ounces good goat cheese (omit for Whole30)

Marinated Red Onions


Make the dressing:

In a large, wide mouth mason jar, combine the Whole30 mayo, ripe pears, lemon juice and salt to taste. Using a stick blender, blend until smooth, for about 1 minute. Set aside.


Assemble the salad:

In a small sauté pan, over medium heat, add the walnuts. Watching them carefully and stirring constantly, toast until the walnuts are fragrant and lightly browned, for about 5 minutes.


On a large platter, evenly spread out the greens and sprinkle some salt all over. Place the pomegranate seeds, pears, celery, walnuts, and goat cheese over the greens. Top off with marinated red onions and their oil. Serve with the Creamy Pear Dressing and enjoy!

Keywords: waldorf salad, fall salad, winter salad