Roasted Red Onion and Pear Salad

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My dear friend, Carrie Vitt, just came out with a fabulous cookbook, Deliciously Organic. I’ve only had it for a few weeks, but it is already one of my favorites.  It is filled with healthy and wholesome recipes that are simple to prepare. The book includes recipes for breakfast/brunch, salads, entrees, and yes, even desserts!  Today, I am sharing Carrie’s Roasted Red Onion and Pear Salad recipe, which is definitely delicious.

In the book, Carrie shares that she won the grand prize award in a Cooks Country magazine contest for this salad recipe. I can easily see why, it is for sure a winner. I love all of the ingredients in this salad, but the roasted red onion really makes this salad special. Roasting the onion brings out the best flavor and I love the splash of color the deep purple onion adds. The dressing is light, refreshing, and has a nice citrus kick. This salad is also fun to put together. After lining the plates with Bibb lettuce, you add the spinach that has been tossed with dressing, roasted onion, pear, goat cheese, and dried cranberries. This salad has it all!

This Roasted Red Onion and Pear Salad is perfect for a light lunch or starter to any meal. Make sure you check out Deliciously Organic for a complete collection of healthy, flavorful, and delicious recipes. And you might want to get two copies, one for the kitchen and one to set on your coffee table. Helene Dujardin, who blogs at Tartelette, photographed Carrie’s book and did an amazing job. I have never seen food look so stunning. The pictures in this book are breathtaking and will make you look at food in a completely different way. The stories, recipes, and photos in Deliciously Organic are very moving.

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Roasted Red Onion and Pear Salad

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  • 1 medium red onion cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 head Bibb or butter lettuce
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • 1 ripe Bartlett pear cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries


  • 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and adjust oven rack to middle position.
  • 2. Toss onion wedges with coconut oil. Transfer to baking sheet and roast until brown and soft, about 25 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking. Cool for 15 minutes.
  • 3. Whisk orange and lemon juices, mustard, honey, thyme, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil.
  • 4. Divide Bibb lettuce leaves among individual salad plates. Toss spinach with ¼ cup dressing in a large bowl. Divide spinach among plates. Arrange roasted onion, pear, goat cheese, and cranberries on top. Drizzle with remaining dressing and serve.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Wow that looks like such a great salad and thanks for the cookbook review. I have more books than time to read them 🙂 but am always in the market for a well-reviewed cookbook!

  2. Roasted red onion sounds wonderful! I love salad and it’s versatility. This looks like a great recipe- congrats to your friend!

  3. i love fruit in salads, and pears are one of my favorites. i also bet i would adore the roasted red onions…when they’re cooked right they’re a big fave too!

  4. I’ve been hearing a lot about this cook book! I have to get my hands on it! The salad is just gorgeous. And I agree- cooking up an onion adds so much flavor.

  5. With snow on the ground in NYC, this is the perfect recipe to remind us that summer will come again!

  6. Looks like a very tasty salad!

    Please come and take a look at my new blog, it’s similar to “Two Peas and Their Pod.” Looking forward to hearing from you!


  7. This salad sounds amazing! Love all the flavor combinations…the
    roasted onions, sweet pears and tart dried cranberries, and citrusy dressing!

  8. That’s beautiful. I LOVE spinach. And it’s always refreshing to see a green salad incorporating butter lettuce…I don’t come across that very often. The goat cheese won’t fly with anyone in this house, so more for me!…and printing.

  9. This is definitely one of those recipes that I’d pass over in a cookbook without a second glance, so I’m so glad you gave it a shot! Sounds delicious.

  10. I love Carrie’s new cookbook! It’s beautiful. I think this salad will be on my list to try next. I love pears and it sounds delicious.

  11. Oh I love the flavors in this salad, Maria! There’s nothing better than a fresh sweet and savory combination, and when it comes to salads, I’m a novice at making them but it’s something I know I like. I should give this a shot, or some variation of it, soon! Thanks!

  12. We are so lucky to know both Carrie & Helen – such wonderful empowering women… are you. Lovely review Maria!

  13. Red onions are my favorite, but I’ve never thought to include them in a salad after roasting them. Can’t wait to try it!

  14. I keep hearing awesome things about this cookbook! Want to get my hands on it. What a great recipe, different but so simple! Delicious!