Asian Pear Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

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A refreshing Asian pear salad with orange ginger dressing is a healthy and delicious side dish! Crisp vegetables and pears are tossed in a sweet, tangy dressing.

Asian Pear Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

There’s one particular fruit that brings me back to my childhood, and those delicious treats are crisp and sweet Asian pears. My family’s backyard was lined with a row of Asian pear trees and boy did they produce the most bountiful fruit. Whenever I wanted an after-school snack, my grandpa would happily pluck a few for me to gobble up.

I saw them recently at the grocery store, and I stopped in my tracks. I knew I had to grab a few and make them into a recipe. You don’t need to do much to make these pears shine, just add some fresh vegetables and you’ve got a healthy Asian pear salad with orange ginger dressing waiting to disappear into your blissful bellies.

Bowl of fresh fruit and vegetables ready to make a salad

Random fact, my Chinese name is Yee Weung Meon, which means “beautiful rainbow.” When I admire this big bowl of colorful fruit and vegetables, rainbows come to mind and make me smile. I swear I just saw a unicorn jump out of this salad, hehe.

Eating all different colors have incredible benefits from the phytonutrients contained in each piece of produce, the nutrients that you can only get from plants. This salad is the perfect way to get a full range of nutrients all in one bowl, high five!

Pouring orange ginger dressing over asian pear salad

The dressing is what makes this salad come to life. Fresh orange juice and zest, combined with ginger, shallots, rice vinegar, and chopped cilantro are tangy, savory, with a hint of sweetness. It’s almost like it grabs individual flavor elements from the salad and makes them POP!

The best thing about this dish is you can make it fast, without any cooking needed. You get a chance to practice your chopping skills and quickly whisk up your dressing in under 30 minutes.

close up of a healthy Asian salad with ginger dressing

This Asian pear salad can be enjoyed as a light lunch, or I like to serve it as a side dish with a spicy cedar plank salmon or sriracha honey chicken stir-fry. If this is your first time trying Asian pears, I would love to hear what you think. It’s been a mission of mine this month to create healthy and flavorful meals for my family and readers.

How do I make my own homemade salad dressing?

Dressings are all about creating an emulsion, a fine dispersion of small droplets of one liquid in another which do not usually mix. In this case, grapeseed oil, orange juice, and rice wine vinegar serve as the dressing base. Often mechanical force with the motion of fast constant whisking until you get a homogeneous mixture creates the texture you are looking for. The best method is to add slowly in a stream of oil to the vinegar and juice while whisking simultaneously to disperse the oil droplets. You can add other flavoring ingredients like shallots, ginger, salt, and pepper to enhance the taste of the dressing. The emulsion is semi-permanent, meaning over time the oil and water phases will eventually separate. No big deal, just whisk again before serving.

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Asian Pear Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

A refreshing Asian pear salad with orange ginger dressing is a healthy and delicious side dish! Crisp vegetables and pears are tossed in a sweet, tangy dressing.
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5 from 3 votes
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings 4 servings
Course Salad
Cuisine Japanese

Ingredients

Asian Pear Salad

  • 1 large orange, cut into segments (8-10)
  • 1 ¼ cups red bell pepper, minced fresh
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 2 cups asian pear, cut into thin slices
  • ½ cup edamame, shelled, cooked
  • 1 cup red cabbage, thinly shredded
  • 1 cup cucumber, cut in half, thinly sliced

Orange Ginger Dressing

  • 1 teaspoon shallots, minced
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ¼ cup orange juice, freshly-squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil, or other neutral oil
  • black pepper, to taste
  • kosher salt, to taste

Instructions 

  • Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, except for the oil. Gradually whisk in the oil, until a slightly thickened dressing is achieved.
  • Add the desired amount of dressing to the salad and gently combine. Add more salt and pepper as needed. Enjoy immediately once dressing is added.

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Nutrition Facts
Asian Pear Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 655mg19%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 14550IU291%
Vitamin C 227.7mg276%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Melanie says

    I made this recipe tonight and it was delicious! I didn’t have any cucumber and I added mixed salad leaves and big shrimps, which tasted absolutely wonderful with the vinaigrette. I’m gonna do it again and give it a 5-star rating 🙂

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Thank you so much for making the recipe Malanie! The salad and the shrimp addition sounds so yummy! So happy that you enjoyed the recipe and will make it again 🙂

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