Spiced Pear Salad Dressing

Our Christmas table isn’t complete without this divine salad. The pear dressing includes fragrant & festive cardamom, star anise, cinnamon and cloves, which pairs with peppery rocket, tangy parmesan and fresh pears, figs and pomegranates perfectly. We find it also complements our Christmas ham unbelievably well, and little jars of the dressing make a lovely foodie gift. There is so much flavour in the dressing, you can simply serve the rocket with dressing without any other additions if you like!

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 250ml 1x
Category: salad
Method: boil & strain




  • 200g wild rocket leaves
  • 1 pear, cored and sliced
  • seeds of 1 small pomegranate (approx. 100g)
  • 6 fresh figs, quartered
  • handful of walnuts (approx. 30g), roughly chopped
  • parmesan shavings, to serve (optional)


  1. For dressing; peel, core and cut pears into 3cm pieces. Place in a saucepan with spices, sugar and vinegar. Heat slowly, stirring until sugar dissolves, then simmer until pears are very tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Push the pears through a sieve into a bowl, and discard remains. Once cool, the dressing can be stored in a jar in the fridge for up to three months.
  3. Use about 125ml (1/2 cup) of dressing to coat rocket leaves, then arrange salad. Top with a drizzle more dressing if desired.


Serve with grilled haloumi as a starter or main course.

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Nutritional Information
Serving Size 87g
Calories 100
Sugar 23g
Sodium 0g
Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Carbohydrates 23g
Fiber 1.7g
Protein 0.5g