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    Holiday Pear Pecan Salad

    This salad is crunchy thanks to the pears, apples, and celery. The dried fruit and nuts make it festive

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup pecan pieces, or substitute walnut pieces
    • 3 diced pears such as red Bartlett or Anjou, ripe but still crisp
    • 1 large crisp apple, like Granny Smith or Fuji, diced
    • 1 1/2 cups celery, sliced on a diagonal
    • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, or dried cherries
    • 1/3 cup Apple Cider Dressing, instructions below

    Instructions

    Step 1
    Blend 1 1/2 tablespoons of maple butter (at room temperature) with 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and then stir in 1/4 cup apple cider. If it doesn't blend well, microwave on high briefly, and then stir.
    Step 2
    To toast nuts, add to small nonstick frying pan and cook, stirring often, over medium heat until lightly brown and fragrant. Set aside to cool.
    Step 3
    Add diced pears and apples, sliced celery, and dried cranberries to serving bowl. Add apple cider dressing; toss gently. Sprinkle toasted nuts over the top and serve.

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