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Pear Salad with Dried Cherry Vinaigrette and Macadamia Medallions

Raw food doesn’t have to be boring, tasteless or difficult to make. Raw food can be gourmet, easy and fabulous. I started working on this salad for the upcoming transitional book but it was so good, I decided to do a full raw version for you, here! You are going to love this salad. Bursting with flavor, gourmet enough for your best dinner party or simple enough for tonight’s dinner. I can’t seem to stop eating it.



I started with dried cherries and made a simple vinaigrette with lemon juice and shallots. Chop up the pears, add them to the greens, toss with the vinaigrette and top with….wait for it….the macadamia rosemary medallions! The result? A deeply complex flavor that will satisfy even the pickest eater! The rosemary compliments the dried cherries and pears in a way that delights the taste buds. There is a to die for variation of this in the upcoming Transitional Raw Food book being released next week.


Pear Salad with Dried Cherry Vinaigrette and Macadamia Nut Medallions


Macadamia Nut Medallions

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, soaked at least 6 hours, rinsed and drained (you are soaking the nuts for texture, do not omit this step)
  • 1/2  lemon, juice from
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • Himalayan Salt and pepper to taste (I barely use a pinch of the salt, more of the pepper)
  1. Place all ingredients in the food processor. Pulse until light, fluffy texture is achieved. It should look like ricotta cheese.
  2. Shape in medallions, 1 1/2 inch across. Set aside.


  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar (or raw honey)
  • 1 lemon, juice from
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced shallots
  • pinch Himalayan Salt
  • pinch pepper
  1. Place dried cherries, olive oil and lemon juice and agave in blender. Blend until cherries are finely chopped.
  2. Stir in shallots, pinch salt and pepper.

*Chef’s Note: I like to make this in advance so the flavors can meld.


  • 3 cups mixed greens
  • 1 pear, chopped (approximately 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Toss greens and pear together.
  2. Toss in enough vinaigrette to coat.
  3. Top with macadamia nut medallions and pecans.


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  1. Rachel wrote on July 11, 2011

    This looks amazing!

  2. ZD wrote on March 22, 2011

    Thank you, Susan for this great recipe! I made it with cranberries instead of cherries and it worked out wonderfully.

    • Susan wrote on March 22, 2011

      You have to try it with the cherries….So tasty!!

  3. Susan Zide wrote on March 15, 2011

    Made it yesterday — absolutely elegant and delicious — so good I had it for lunch and had to have it for dinner —
    SOOOOOOO yummy!

  4. Shelly wrote on March 13, 2011

    This recipe looks great, i’m going to cook it for me and my husband tonight, or maybe just blend it all together into a green smoothie!

  5. Eco Mama wrote on March 12, 2011

    Macadamia Medallions. I’m salivating.
    Eco Mama

  6. Mindy wrote on March 12, 2011

    Fabulous. I have a sweet little rosemary plant that is growing its heart out in a pot outside. I think I will use fresh rosemary instead of the dried (the dried rosemary I’ve obtained in the past always tasted like straw).

  7. Stormy wrote on March 11, 2011

    This sounds fantastic!
    I’m going to try this over the weekend.

    Thank You!

  8. Shelly wrote on March 11, 2011

    I made this tonight for my dinner….WoW! So easy and delicious! The flavors and textures were so perfect. Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

  9. Chris wrote on March 11, 2011

    WOW! YUM!


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