RECIPE: Spinach Salad with Pears, Walnuts & Feta

Spinach salad with pears, walnuts and feta cheese. Electronic image by Ron Flaviano for Homeplate and Metro Monthly.



½ cup walnuts

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 Tablespoon  and 1 Teaspoon white vinegar

1 Tablespoon honey

½ Teaspoon salt

½ Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 Tablespoons chopped red onion

2 large red or green pears, quartered, cored, and cut into thin slices

2 Tablespoons golden raisins

1 bag (6 ounces ) pre-washed baby spinach

Feta cheese crumbled


Toast walnuts in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat – stirring often – for 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Move to a plate and let cool. Whisk the oil, vinegar, honey,  salt, and pepper in a salad bowl. Stir in onion, followed by the pears and raisins. Add the spinach and toss to coat.


Divide the salad among four plates and top each with the reserved walnut and feta cheese before serving

Serves 4

ABOUT HELGA WENGLER – “Homeplate Homestyle” host Helga Wengler is a native of Frankfurt, Germany. She learned to cook from her mother and loves to share her knowledge and ability with TV viewers each week on “Homeplate Homestyle.”  She and her husband, Wolfgang, are very active in the local community. Helga and Wolfgang also enjoy spending time with their three daughters and six grandchildren. Visit for more of Helga’s recipes.

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