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Pear salad with basil and almonds.

Easy Pear Salad

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This easy pear, basil and roasted almond salad is perfect if you feel like eating something simple, fresh and light. When the hot sun is shining straight onto your face, this refreshing bite is exactly what you’ll crave.


for the salad

  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped roughly
  • sea salt
  • 3 pears, unpeeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 3/4 oz. basil, leaves picked

for the sweet and sour dressing

  • 2 TB balsamic vinegar
  • 1 TB shoyu (soy sauce)
  • 2 TB umesu (ume plum vinegar)
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice


to toast the almonds

  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the almonds and two pinches of salt and roast. Stir constantly, for about 3 minutes or until golden brown, making sure the almonds don’t burn.
  2. Immediately transfer to a bowl, to avoid further roasting or burning.

to make the dressing

  1. Combine the balsamic vinegar, shoyu, umesu, maple syrup and lemon juice in a bowl.

to finish

  1. In a salad bowl, combine the pear, roasted almonds, basil and dressing. Serve and enjoy!


This recipe from Plantbased is written by Alexander Gershberg and reprinted here with permission.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: Lunch, Side
  • Method: Toasted
  • Cuisine: Japanese