Summer Salad with Pears, Raisins, and Pine Nuts


  • 1 cup of golden raisins
  • 1/2 pound of mixed greens
  • 2 pears, cored and diced
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 3 tablespoons of pine nuts
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin pine nut oil


Place the raisins in a medium bowl and cover with warm water. Allow to soak at least 20 minutes, or until soft. Toss the greens, pears and carrots together in a large bowl. Sprinkle pine nuts and salt over the salad. Once the raisins have plumped, drain and gently squeeze to remove excess water. Add the raisins to the top of salad. Sprinkle the vinegar over the salad, then dress with extra virgin pine nut oil.