ROASTED PEAR AND POPCORN SALAD!
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2 medium Pears, halved and cored
4 tsp Olive oil, divided
1 Tbl Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Water
1/2 tsp Maple syrup
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp Salt
=1/8 tsp White pepper
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 package Mixed baby salad greens (10 ounces)
1 cup watercress sprigs
1/4 cup Dried cranberries
1 100-calorie bag of popcorn
1 Preheat oven to 400°.
2 In a small bowl, toss the halved and cored pears with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Place in a baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Turn pears over; bake 5-7 minutes longer or until golden and tender.
3 When cool enough to touch, peel pears. Thinly slice the pear halves lengthwise and set aside.
4 In a large salad bowl, prepare the dressing by whisking together the remaining 3 tsp olive oil, balsamic vinegar, water, maple syrup, mustard, salt, pepper, garlic and shallot. Add the salad greens, watercress, and cranberries. Toss to coat.
5 Arrange pear slices on top.
6 Pop popcorn and sprinkle on top of salad last so it does not get soggy.