Romaine Cranberry Pear Salad Recipe

Easy romaine cranberry pear salad recipe that makes the perfect side dish to any meal. Uses delicious cranberry pear balsamic vinegar & fresh pears!

cranberry pear salad in pyrex bowl

Summer is the season to eat lighter and salads are the perfect way to do that. Fresh ingredients and a delicious dressing are just the ticket to accompany any summertime meal. A few years ago, my sister-in-law introduced me to cranberry pear white balsamic vinegar. You can find it at any boutique oil & vinegar store or it can be ordered online. I’ve included some sources below. This amazing vinegar was the inspiration for the salad I’m featuring today. 

cranberry pear salad ingredients

This salad begins with fresh romaine lettuce. Toppings include chopped pear, dried cranberries, salted oven roasted pecans, goat cheese, olive oil, and the cranberry pear vinegar. It’s easy to make and goes together very quickly. The goat cheese melts a bit after the dressing is added, and makes the salad almost creamy. 

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Romaine Cranberry Pear Salad Recipe Tips:

  • The oil and vinegar ratio is not what is commonly used. I find that when I use the cranberry pear white balsamic vinegar, I can use much less olive oil. 
  • If you are lucky enough to have an oil & vinegar shop nearby, you will be able to find cranberry pear vinegar. It’s not available in the grocery store. I tried a couple of different brands from Amazon and my favorite is cranberry pear white balsamic from VSOP Taproom. Another option is ordering from Maine-ly Drizzle. I visited this shop when we were in Kennebunkport and purchased their vinegar. It’s very good. I’ve ordered from them a few times, as well as from Amazon. 
  • Don’t add the pear until the very last minute because it will quickly turn brown.
  • The salted oven roasted pecans add a very good flavor, but any kind of nuts can be used.
  • If you don’t like goat cheese, feta or fresh mozzarella would make good substitutions.
  • To turn this salad into a main course, just add grilled or roasted chicken breast. 

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Romaine Cranberry Pear Salad Recipe

Easy romaine cranberry pear salad recipe that makes the perfect side dish to any meal. Uses delicious cranberry pear balsamic vinegar & fresh pears!
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Servings: 4 side servings
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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  • 4 cups romaine lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 firm pear (chopped)
  • 1 - 2 oz. goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup salted oven roasted pecans roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup Craisins
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons cranberry pear white balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste if desired


  • Prepare 4 cups of chopped romaine lettuce loosely packed. Place it in a large salad bowl.
  • Add pecans and Craisins.
  • At this point the salad can be placed in the refrigerator until ready to serve. (Not more than 2 - 3 hours.)
  • When ready to serve: break apart goat cheese and add to the bowl.
  • Chop the pear into small pieces. Add to bowl.
  • For the dressing: the measurements above are just guidelines. Add the oil and vinegar a little at a time until you achieve your preferred taste.
  • Toss everything together. Serve immediately.


*When using the cranberry pear white balsamic vinegar, less olive oil can be used. 
*Any creamy cheese (feta or mozzarella) can be substituted for the goat cheese. 
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  1. The Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinegar is delicious. 😀

  2. Heddy Racinowski says:

    I don’t believe I would get much use out of this vinegar. Any suggestions for a substitute?

    1. Hi Heddy…just a basic red wine vinegar would work. You will need to use less than the recipe calls for. The cranberry pear vinegar is very light, so more can be used.

  3. Jane Howard says:

    I love your recipes because they are so quick, easy, and family-friendly. I would like to receive them n my Inbox. I really enjoy your blog. Thank you so much.

  4. Thank you for the recipes, Love this salad. I have been building a salad file this summer and this will be a great addition. You must try the Pineapple Spinach Salad from I have used this dressing on many different salads and it works for everything. I prefer your salted roasted pecans instead the candied called for. I have also used a few different vinegars and fruit . Romaine and watermelon and your salted pecans with this dressing is the bomb. I use sugar substitute and less of it so its not so sweet with the pineapple. For the dressing
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced/or 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
    • 1/3 cup olive oil
    • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • pepper to taste
    • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard (optional–taste it first

  5. That salad looks delicious!! I also love those fun tassels on that pretty pop of blue! Is that an Amazon find, Ann? Not sure if it’s a napkin or a tea towel but it’s perfect. Like you, I love blue and white. Thanks!

  6. A friend introduced me to this amazing balsamic vinegar – she combined it with Persian Lime Olive Oil – it is incredible! I have served it to many other friends since and they have all run out and gotten some!

  7. The Olive Scene in 4 locations in Cleveland, Ohio area also carries Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinegar. They are very helpful and wonderful to work with.

  8. Hi Ann, this sounds amazing. I love the sound of cranberry pear balsamic vinegar. I made to head into Denver to find it at some hipster market (my daughter cringes every time I say, hipster). xo laura in CO

    PS Sharing on the weekend edit this upcoming weekend! laura

  9. Lynne Beattie says:

    This looks delicious! Now I just have to gather all the ingredients!