Meatless Monday–Harvest Fruit Salad

Every year, I look forward to summer and fruit salad every day.  And, as much as I love everything about fall, I do miss my daily fruit salad fix.  Don’t get me wrong–I love fall apples, pears, and cranberries.  It’s just that I usually enjoy those things eaten on their own or baked into a pie, crumble, or quick bread.  Until now.

This harvest fruit salad features some of the best things about fall with a light and interesting dressing.  Don’t let the vinaigrette put you off.  It gives the salad just a bit of flavor–the kind that leaves you wondering what exactly that yummy flavor was and keeps you coming back for just one more bite.

fall fruit salad

Harvest Fruit Salad

from Williams-Sonoma


1/2 c. pecan halves, toasted and roughly chopped

1 TBSP sherry vinegar

1 TBSP red wine vinegar

1 TBSP walnut oil

2-3 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil

salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

4 pears, 1 1/2 lb. total, halved, cored and diced

2 c. red and/or green seedless grapes in any combination

2 green or red apples, halved, cored and diced 

1/2 c. dried cranberries (my addition)


1.   In a small bowl, whisk together the sherry vinegar, red wine vinegar,
walnut oil, olive oil, salt and pepper to form a vinaigrette.

2.  In a salad bowl, combine the pears, grapes, apples and pecans. Add the vinaigrette, toss gently to coat and serve. Serves 6.

one year ago: oatmeal, date, and walnut spice cookies

three years ago: spiced molasses cookies

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  1. Lexie
    October 10, 2011 / 3:05 pm

    This looks perfect for supper tonight. Thank you, my beautiful daughter, for the suggestion.

  2. Kelsey
    October 10, 2011 / 3:17 pm

    Anytime, Mommy. You might want to halve the recipe if it's just for two.

  3. That Girl
    October 10, 2011 / 8:35 pm

    I feel like I would like this with fresh cranberries too. But I'd have to figure out what to do with them so they weren't quite so sour.

  4. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking
    October 11, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    Kelsey, I love the look of this beautiful fall salad! Great flavors, too. Thanks for sharing your recipe! You have a beautiful blog and I'm so glad to have found it. I'm looking forward to seeing more from you!

  5. Kelsey
    October 11, 2011 / 5:29 pm

    What a wonderful compliment coming from you, Georgia. I look to your blog often for inspiration in both recipes and photography. Thank you so much for your support!

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