Avocado Macadamia Pear Salad

I came across this recipe in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Sheila magazine. It looked so decadent, I just had to try it. The trick is to have “ripe but firm” avocados on hand when the pears are just ripe. But once you’ve got that under control, the actual salad itself is ridiculously simple.

Avocado Macadamia Pear Salad - Vegan & Gluten-Free

This would look really nice presented as thin pear slices with the avocado and macadamia mixture served as as a light “salsa” on top – cut into small chunks and not over-blended. Add a light drizzle of oil (macadamia oil even), and it would be a beautiful way to start an elegant meal.

Avocado Macadamia Pear Salad
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This decadent dish would be welcome at any dinner party. Vegan and Gluten-Free.
Recipe type: Salad, Side
Serves: 4
  • 2 ripe but firm avocados
  • 2 peckham pears (the green ones)
  • ⅓ cup macadamias
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  1. Coarsely grind the macadamia nuts, either in a food processor, on a copping board with a good knife.
  2. Peel the avocados and chop in cubes. Toss with the lemon juice and olive oil.
  3. Peel pears and chop in cubes of the same size.
  4. Gently mix the avocado and pear cubes with the ground macadamia nuts. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve immediately.


  1. This looks soooo refreshing and a great way to make the most of pears. Yum!

    • vegangela says:

      Thanks for your comment! I just bookmarked your blog – those brownies look amazing!! Glad to be in touch! :)

  2. Muriel jelsma says:

    Just found your site. As a new vegan who loves delicious food and mushrooms, I am delighted.

    • vegangela says:

      Awesome! Thanks so much and do let me know what you make :)

  3. Amy says:

    I enjoyed trying out this recipe! I actually added some roasted golden beets to it too and it was fabulous!!

    • vegangela says:

      What a great addition – I bet it looked beautiful too! Thanks for taking the time to comment :)

  4. Bunny says:

    I just saw this recipe on EcoSalon and would like to try it. The ingredient list includes 2T. olive oil, but that isn’t mentioned in the directions. I assume it gets combined with the lemon juice, but would like confirmation of that if anyone is still looking at these comments. Thanks!

    • Hi Bunny, so sorry for the delay. I’ve updated the recipe. Good luck :)

  5. jill says:

    This is a revelation to me, avocado and pear however, what other nuts do you think will replace macadamia nuts?

    • Hmm… maybe lightly toasted slivered almonds?

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