Arugula Pear Salad

Arugula Pear Salad with Hazelnuts and Brown Butter Vinaigrette

Let me say that one more time… Brown Butter Vinaigrette.

Arugula Pear Salad. Sounds not too shabby just as it is right? But now imagine adding toasted hazelnuts, tangy goat cheese, and oh heck, let’s say it one more time for fun… Brown Butter Vinaigrette!! Welcome to salad heaven friends… this one is truly other-worldly.

Arugula Pear Salad

This dressing is the best salad dressing you’ll ever have in your entire life. Hands-down. That may sound like bragging and that’s because it is. This dressing is insane. It’s made with butter. Browned butter. Now if you know me at all you know I’d eat a shoe if you doused it in brown butter, so I’m an easy sell, but I promise you, it’s absolutely scrumptious.

I mean, when was the last time you had butter on your salad? Is a salad even still a salad if you pour butter all over it? I’m gonna say yes. Besides, you’re eating a big bowl of peppery green arugula, fresh in-season pears and super healthy hazelnuts. It’s all good friends, all good.

Brown Butter Vinaigrette

Arugula pear salad recipe, how to make it…

We’ll start by making the dressing and did I mention how delicious this dressing is? I did. I know.

Brown your butter (if you don’t know how just google it or read this) and then whisk it together with some olive oil, maple syrup, dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Whisk vigorously so the butter is well mixed in.

Assemble your salad by filling a bowl with arugula, then top with sliced pears, toasted hazelnuts, dried cherries and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle that delicious (I said it again!) dressing over the bowl, toss and eat. Share if desired.

Arugula Pear Salad

arugula pear salad Recipe ingredients, tips, substitutions:

Arugula – I use baby arugula, but feel free to try other greens… baby spinach, butter lettuce, spring mix… all work.

Pears – it can be hard to find perfectly ripe pears, so go ahead and sub in crisp apples, apple pears, or firm plums.

Hazelnuts – feel free to mix up the nuts and use almonds, walnuts, pecans or pine nuts.

Dried Cherries – these do add a nice sweet-tangy flavour to the salad, but you can sub in dried-cranberries or even fresh pomegranate.

Goat Cheese – goat cheese is nice and tangy, but you can substitute feta or even blue cheese and I will not be mad at you.

Arugula Pear Salad

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Arugula Pear Salad

Arugula Pear Salad with Hazelnuts and Brown Butter Vinaigrette

An easy salad of peppery arugula, sweet pears, rich hazelnuts, tart cherries and tangy goat cheese… all topped with an insanely good brown butter vinaigrette. It’s heavenly.
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4


For the Salad:

  • 5 cups arugula
  • 2 pears sliced
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese

For the Brown Butter Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup butter browned and slightly cooled
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dijon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


Make the vinaigrette:

  • In a bowl combine the brown butter, olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, dijon, salt & pepper. Whisk well.*

Make the salad:

  • Add the arugula to a serving bowl.
  • Top with the pears, hazelnuts, cherries and goat cheese.
  • Drizzle all with the vinaigrette and toss just before serving.


*If the dressing cools it will firm up because of the butter. If this happens, just warm it slightly and whisk.
Keyword Arugula Pear Salad
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