August 13, 2019

Loaded Pear and Apple Salad

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Loaded Pear and Apple Salad features sliced honeycrisp apples, pears, roasted pork, cranberries, blue cheese and an easy dijon vinaigrette!
Loaded Pear and Apple Salad
I know that it isn't quite fall yet but my dad's pears on the farm will be ready to be picked from the pear trees soon and they are looking amazing this year. This got me thinking that I wanted to create a fall salad with pears, apples, cranberries and more. This loaded pear and apple salad is super delicious (and can actually be made anytime of year) and doesn't take too long to make.

Pear and Apple Salad
I decided to use baby spinach for this salad but feel free to use romaine lettuce or kale instead. Both would be great! I loaded up this salad with pears, honeycrisp apples, dried cranberries, blue cheese crumbles and roasted loin. Feel free to swap any kind of apples that you like and you could use dried cherries instead of cranberries.

Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin Filet
I whisked together a little easy dijon vinaigrette for the salad that is really tasty! My husband actually created this recipe one day when he was making us a salad. Funny story, I cook for our family a majority of the time but sometimes, Troy likes to help out in the kitchen. When I make a salad, I toss something together really quick most of the time.

pork and pear salad
Troy likes to take his time and make the most beautiful salads with tons of different perfectly cut vegetables. He even made this homemade dijon vinaigrette dressing for us which has since become a staple in our fridge.

Roasted applewood bacon pork
For the roasted pork loin, I used my favorite Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork from Walmart. It was easy to slice and roast in the oven to have dinner ready quickly. The pork is already marinated in delicious flavors so I didn't need to add any of my own spices to it or spend time marinating it myself which saved time. I cook with Smithfield® pork all the time because it is high-quality and tastes delicious. I make it on the grill, in the slow cooker or in the oven. To help the pork cook faster, you can slice it or cube it.

Roasted bacon pork loin
This Smithfield Applewood Bacon Loin Filet is so, so tasty! I cannot believe how much flavor it had. My kids loved it so much that they wanted slices of it while I was making it before dinner. I would bake the whole pork loin next time and slice it and serve it on its own because it is so loaded with delicious flavors.

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Marinated pork loin
Back to school is a busy time but this recipe really isn't too difficult and makes a great fall meal. This meal has real fresh ingredients that taste delicious when combined together. It is a hassle-free meal in no time that my entire family enjoyed. I hope that you enjoy it!

Fall pear and apple salad

Loaded Pear and Apple Salad

Loaded Pear and Apple Salad features sliced honeycrisp apples, pears, roasted pork tenderloin, cranberries, blue cheese and an easy dijon vinaigrette!
Yield: serves 4 

Loaded Pear and Apple Salad

Loaded Pear and Apple Salad features sliced honeycrisp apples, pears, roasted pork, cranberries, blue cheese and an easy dijon vinaigrette!
Prep Time:  10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins


  • 1 pound Smithfield Applewood Bacon Loin Filet
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • 1 large pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • Dijon Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice pork into 1 inch slices. Cook pork for 10 minutes on one side, flip and cook another 10 minutes on the other side.
  2. Prepare the rest of the ingredients- wash spinach, slice apples and pears.
  3. Whisk together ingredients for vinaigrette.
  4. Remove pork from oven and cut into bite sized strips. Toss all ingredients together and serve.

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  1. This salad looks amazing! This would be perfect to meal prep and eat for lunch throughout the week!


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