Coming together in just five minutes, this Pear Vinaigrette is a light, yet flavorful dressing perfect for all of your fall and winter salads when pears are in season.
About this Dressing
This Pear Vinaigrette is simple enough to make for meal prep on a week to week basis, but elegant enough to serve with a holiday salad. It's so tasty!
The dressing is made with a neutral oil as its base, sweetened with honey and fresh pears. We also add pomegranate seeds for an additional punch of flavor, but these sweeter elements get balanced with acidity from red wine vinegar and a bit of dijon mustard.
Pear Vinaigrette goes great with simple salads like one with a spinach or mixed greens base or try it in my Pear and Pecan Salad, to fully take advantage of the lovely winter fruit.
And if you want to try other homemade dressings, also check out this Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette, this Easy Hummus Dressing, Creamy Jalapeño Sauce, or this Sweet Onion and Citrus Dressing.
- Bartlett Pear - Ripe and softened is NECESSARY. Your dressing will be bitter and chunky if you use an unripened pear.
- Pomegranate Seeds - For an extra punch of fresh flavors.
- Cultured Oil (or EVO) - I love Zero Acres cultured oil. It has a neutral and extremely smooth flavor making it perfect in a variety of dishes. For this Pear Vinaigrette, you could also use olive oil.
- Red Wine Vinegar - A vinaigrette needs some vinegar! Red wine goes well in this recipe. White wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar could also be used.
- Minced Garlic - OPTIONAL. If you like a little extra pungent flavor you can add minced garlic. I’ve tried it both with and without garlic and I enjoy the Pear Vinaigrette both ways.
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
How to Make This Recipe
1. Cut the stem away from the pair, then dice into small pieces
2. In an immersion blender cup, add diced pears, oil, honey, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Blend it until the pears are completely dissolved.
3. Add the pomegranate seeds into the vinaigrette and blend again. Store in an airtight mason jar with a lid until ready to enjoy. Shake before use.
This Pear Vinaigrette can be kept in a jar or another airtight container for up to five days. I love meal prepping Pear Vinaigrette to toss on salads throughout the week.
You MUST have a ripe pear for this recipe. It will add sweetness to the dressing as well as make it the proper vinaigrette texture.
The perfect pear is determined by feel and not by color since there is a wide variety of colors that pears come in. To determine ripeness, gently squeeze near the stem end of the fruit. If there is slight give but no breaking of the skin, the pear is perfectly ripe. If the skin does break, however, the pear is likely over ripe and it may be best to use it in a dressing, jam, or freeze it to use for smoothies.
To ripen pears quickly, place them in a sealed brown paper bag on the counter for 1-2 days. Move them to the refrigerator once they’re soft and ripened.
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- Immersion blender or regular blender or food processor
- Measuring cups and spoons
- 1 Barlett Pear, ripe
- 1 tbsp Pomegranate Seeds
- 1 tbsp Zero Acres cultured oil, or sub olive oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- ½ tsp salt
- pepper, to taste
- ½ tbsp minced garlic, to taste
- Cut the stem away from the pair, then dice into small pieces.
- In an immersion blender cup, add diced pears, oil, honey, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Blend it until the pears are completely dissolved.
- Add the pomegranate seeds into the vinaigrette and blend again.
- Store in an airtight mason jar with a lid until ready to enjoy. Shake before use.
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Courtney Paige says
I'm not sure if they even sell pear vinaigrette, but WOW is this homemade dressing IT! So So flavorful
Sydney Van Acker says
The simplicity of homemade dressing is amazing for how delicious it is. I loved this one mixed into a quinoa salad.