This Roasted Grape Salad with Pears, Blue Cheese and Maple Dressing is packed with delicious roasted grapes, sweet pears and topped with a fabulous sweet and savory maple dressing. It’s the perfect fall salad!
And just like that October is over. Time is flying friends.
So how was everyone’s Halloween? Eat your share of candy? And maybe someone else’s too? I was on my best behavior. No dipping into the candy bucket for me this year. I didn’t over buy as usual because I did not want to be tempted.
Just in case any of you over-indulged on sweets this Halloween, I am sharing a fabulous Roasted Grape Salad with Pears, Blue Cheese and Maple Dressing today. Yes, you heard right. I used the words fabulous AND salad in the same sentence. That used to be crazy talk for me!
As I have mentioned before, salads were never my first choice on the menu. In fact, when I was young and dumb as the saying goes, and less concerned with my health, I would even turn down the one that came with my meal when dining out. I know, terrible huh? I just wasn’t a fan. Well, times have changed friends. Believe it or not sometimes I now order a salad as my meal, and I actually enjoy it.
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
I love everything about today’s Roasted Grape Salad with Pears, Blue Cheese and Maple Dressing. Have you guys ever tried roasted grapes? If not, you really need to. They’re like candy for your salad.
They pair perfectly with the pears and the maple dressing. And let me just say, this maple dressing, you’re going to love it! The sweet maple flavor, the tangy apple cider vinegar, the savory shallots and a bit of creamy mayo…it’s a winner friends.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- red seedless grapes
- olive oil
- mixed greens
- crumbled blue cheese
- maple syrup
- apple cider vinegar
- granulated sugar
- salt and pepper
First, you’ll toss your grapes with some olive oil and roast in a 250 degree oven for about 2 1/2 hours.
While the grapes are roasting you can make your dressing. You’ll chop your shallot and cook until softened.
Next up, in a small bowl or jar you’ll combine your olive oil, maple syrup, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. You will add the shallots and whisk together or shake until well blended.
Place greens on each plate and when the grapes are done roasting and have cooled add to the greens along with the sliced pears, some of the crumbled blue cheese and drizzle with the dressing.
The sweet and savory flavors of this salad make it a total winner. So it’s time to stop sneaking candy from the kid’s Halloween treat bags, and it’s time to dig into this tasty fall salad. It’s also the ideal salad for your Thanksgiving dinner this year!
Please let me know if you give the recipe a try. And if you have any questions about the recipe, just drop a comment below. Enjoy!
A Few Cook’s Notes for this Roasted Grape Salad with Pears, Blue Cheese and Maple Dressing
You can really use any kind of pears for this recipe. I chose Bartlett.
Make sure to buy seedless grapes for this salad.
More Delicious Salad Recipes to Enjoy
- 3/4 lb. red seedless grapes
- 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
- 5 ounces mixed baby greens
- 2 ripe Bartlett pears, cored and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil divided
- 1 large shallot, peeled and finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp. granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Please grapes on prepared pan and drizzle with 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil. Toss to coat.
- Bake for 2 1/2 hours until grapes are slightly shriveled.
- While grapes are cooking make the dressing.
- In a small skillet heat 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil over medium low heat. Add shallots and saute for 5-7 minutes until soft.
- In a small bowl or jar combine 1/2 cup olive oil, maple syrup, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Add shallots and whisk together or shake until well blended.
- Place greens on each plate. Top with some roasted grapes and sliced pears.
- Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with some crumbled blue cheese.