A light no-oil pear salad dressing with anjou pears, poppy seeds, mint and marjoram. Its a very light salad dressing that can be used in almost any salad recipe

Here I am, posting yet ANOTHER Salad dressing recipe!

Somebody STOP me!!

On second thoughts, don’t stop me because I want to continue creating delicious, healthy salad dressings for all of you!

This post was originally published on March 30, 2019 at 4:32pm. I added new images and recipe video before re-publishing it.

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A simple pear ginger dressing is a zero oil salad dressing

Tips for making this dressing

– Use a ripe red anjou pear for this dressing. It will be at the peak of it sweetness which means you won’t have to add extra sugar

– Store the salad dressing in a well-sealed glass bottle and refrigerate immediately after making it

– Use a food processor on the slowest cycle to blend the dressing

– There is no oil in this dressing because I don’t like pears and oil in the same recipe. Plus, its healthier to skip the oil in this recipe

– Make sure you use up the pear salad dressing within 2 weeks of making it

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This is a delicious zero oil pear salad dressing

The good about this salad dressing

  • Its a low carb salad dressing
  • Its a fully vegan salad dressing
  • This pear salad dressing is a low sodium dressing
  • This dressing has a little ginger in it, which has so many benefits
  • There is ZERO oil in this dressing
  • Takes less than 5 minutes to make
  • Can be put in almost any recipe. I put it into a really delicious and portable watermelon and arugula salad recipe
  • The poppy seed in this salad dressing add more nutritional benefit. Poppy seeds are rich in calcium, phosphorus, manganese and so much more. Read more about its nutritional benefits on LiveStrong.

The bad about this dressing

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Chunky pear salad dressing is very easy to make

Frankly, I can’t seem to find anything bad about this recipe. 🙂 I dare you to find something bad about it!

This pear ginger dressing is perfect for making any time of the year. Use the pear that is in season to make this dressing.

Common questions when making this dressing

Do I leave the skin on when making this dressing?

No, I don’t recommend leaving the skin on when making it. The pear is blended in a food processor which doesn’t do a good job of chopping up the skin.
Also, it ruins the taste and texture of the salad dressing, so, peel skin before adding it to the processor

What to do with the skin?

You can put the pear skin in a compost bin or put it around a new tree you are growing. It will become a natural fertilizer
Alternatively, you can put it in a veggie broth recipe with other leftover veggies

Can this salad dressing be frozen?

Yes, it can be frozen. The best way to freeze it is to pour the pear salad dressing in ice cubes and cover the top of the ice cubes. When you are ready to use it, thaw out the number of cubes you need. Thaw the ice cubes at room temperature.

More salad dressing recipes

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This dressing can be used in so many different recipes.

I have a love for salad dressings, as you may have guessed. Below, are some of my favorite dressings made with fresh ingredients. Additionally, I also happen to have a roundup where I collected 4 dressings that take less than a minute to make.

Orange dressing with salad anise

Homemade dressing made with fresh oranges and star anise.

Mint vinaigrette with za’atar

Have you tried za’atar spice? Also known as Sumac seasoning, this is the perfect seasoning to put in your vinaigrette.

Blueberry Vinaigrette

Homemade blueberry vinaigrette made with fresh blueberries and balsamic. This dressing is a must-make for my family.

It’s your turn to tell me all about your love of pears and tell me about your favorite pear recipe that you have been making ever since you can remember!

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Pear Salad Dressing Recipe

A no-oil pear salad dressing recipe made with all natural ingredients. Serve it on salads, fruits or used for marination
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 2 People
Calories 60 kcal


  • Food Processor


  • 1 Anjou red pear Peeled, roughly chopped, seeds discarded
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • 3 leaves fresh mint remove the stem
  • ½ tsp marjoram
  • ½ tsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp ginger minced
  • ½ tsp salt optional
  • 1 tsp water optional
  • ½ tsp poppy seeds


  • In a blender, place all the ingredients, EXCEPT THE POPPY SEEDS
  • Blend on low speed until everything is fully blended
  • Add the poppy seeds and mix with a spoon
  • Transfer to a glass dressing bottle
  • Refrigerate for about 30 minutes before putting it in salads



Budget for this recipe is based on my purchases from Walmart.  I had most of the ingredients from previous purchases, so, the price was low. 


Calories: 60kcal
Keyword How to freeze salad dressings, How to preserve mint?, what to make with pears
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    1. I am not sure, but I don’t think so. There is maple syrup in it which may not be good for pressure canning? This is something I will definitely experiment on. If you find the answer, please let me know. Thank you

  1. I made it with canned peaches because that is what I had and white wine vinegar and 1 Tablespoon maple syrup- I think peaches are sweet already. It came out terrific. Tangy and sweet, great for topping arugula my favorite salad green!! Thank you!

  2. I can’t wait to make this! I make a pear vinaigrette, and would love to make it without the oil! Thanks!

  3. I have yet to come to your website and not be happy! I absolutely love this pear dressing! I appreciate you testing different pears because sometimes I will sub out another type of the fruit when making recipes. I only have Bosc in the house but tomorrow I am getting some Anjou pears so I can enjoy this dressing! Such a flavorful dressing and no oil is an extra bonus for me.

  4. Please don’t stop creating these recipes!
    I simply loved your pear salad dressing recipe,just perfect


  5. You had me at fresh pear…pears are so underused when it comes to savory recipes. I can’t wait to try this out over the weekend!