Updated: Jun 11, 2020
Easy to make and refreshing! This salad is a must-try and a crowd pleaser! The combination of mixed berries, mandarin oranges, Queso Fresco, D'Anjuo pears and the lemon-honey vinaigrette is tastebuds-blowing!
A beautiful and refreshing salad made with baby greens, pears, mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries, onions, Queso Fresco, and a delicious homemade honey-lemon vinaigrette! It is so good, guys!
The juxtaposition of the sweetness of the pear and berries, the tanginess of the mandarin oranges, the earthy tones from the baby greens, the creaminess from the Queso, and the bite from the onions...pure heaven! There are times that I truly surprise myself with some of my creations. This is one of those times.
Let's make it!
Prep time: less than 10 minutes
Cooking time: 0
Serves up 8 people
You could substitute the Queso Fresco for Feta. It will add a more pungent and tangy texture to the salad.
1 6 oz. bag of baby greens
1 D'Anjuo or Concord pear (julienned)
1 15 oz. can of Dole Mandarin Oranges in light syrup
1 small yellow onion (julienned)
1/4 cup of sliced strawberries
1/4 cup of blueberries
1/4 cup of Queso Fresco (crumbled)
1/4 cup of Olive oil
1/4 Cup of Honey
6 tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
Step 1: Making the Salad
Drain the Mandarin Oranges and set the syrup aside. Slice the pear, julienne the slices and soak them in the Mandarin Oranges light syrup. Squeeze the juice of a lemon. Doing so will stop them from 'browning".
In a bowl add the baby greens, julienned onions, mandarin oranges, and drained julienned pears.
Add the blueberries, strawberries, and queso fresco. Toss gently.
Place tossed salad in a serving dish and serve.
Step 2: Making the Dressing
In a small bowl mix honey and the juice of the remaining lemon. Whisk until incorporated.
Slowly incorporate the olive oil.
Add the Red Wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Whisk well.
Allow people to pour the dressing by the tablespoon on their salad individually. This will ensure everyone gets as much as they want and the salad will not be soggy.
Printable PDF recipe below: