By Lauren Denos: 11/16/2015 (Nutrition)


Grilled Pear and Candied Nut Salad

I love sweet fruit and nut salads, but my body is not very fond of the sugar so I decided to make a version I could eat. Using a pear or an apple is a better option since it is one of the fruits lower in sugar. The nuts are roasted with stevia for the same sweetness as regular candied nuts. The dressing adds almost a tropical flavor to the mix. If I was not creating new recipes all the time I would just eat this one salad all the time.


  • 1 pear

  • 1 cup pecans

  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon

  • dash of cayenne

  • 1/4 tsp stevia

  • 1 tsp coconut oil

  • 6 cups lettuce or spinach

  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil

  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

  • 20 drops liquid stevia

  • 1 Tbsp finely minced onions


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Mix all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and set aside. You may have to heat up the oil.

  3. Mix nuts, 1/4 tsp stevia, 1/8 tsp cinnamon and dash of cayenne in a small baking dish

  4. Bake nuts for 8 minutes, stir every 2 minutes

  5. Slice pears

  6. Spray a skillet with non stick spray and cook the pear slices on medium heat until browned. Turn pears and brown on the opposite side.

  7. Let the pears and nuts cool.

  8. Toss the lettuce, carrots and dressing in a bowl and make sure it is all mixed.

  9. If you are eating the salad as a entree the divide the salad in half. If you are having it as a side salad, distribute the lettuce evenly into 4 bowls and top with nuts and pear slices.

Calories in an entree salad are 529
Calories in a side salad are 264
To lighten the salad up use less nuts.



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