Easy, Stunning Pear and Pomegranate Salad

This stunning pear and pomegranate salad is as delicious as it is pretty. It features two of my favourite winter fruits (pears and pomegranates) with a mix of greens, sweet apricots, salty feta and crunchy walnuts.

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Pears and pomegranates know how to dress up a salad!

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What Makes a Great Salad?

A great salad has a mix of colour, texture and flavour. It is a feast for your senses, starting with what you see and ending with what you taste. And what you taste should be a balance of sweet and salty, bitter and tangy. The mouth feel or texture should also be balanced with ingredients that are smooth, crunchy, creamy, and crisp.

Have another look at this pear and pomegranate salad. The ingredients work together beautifully to give us the variety of flavour, texture and colour that we’re looking for in a great salad.

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Another version of the pear and pomegranate salad.

Salad on a Platter

Have you noticed that I like preparing salads in shallow bowls or platters? I think it’s such a shame when all the pretty garnishes get lost at the bottom of a deep salad bowl. Those bright colours and interesting textures need to be seen!

So rather than tossing your salads in a bowl, lay them out on a platter and make those ingredients shine.

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Whole Grain Pomegranate Salad in a round, shallow casserole dish.

Variations and Substitutions

It is rare that I make the same salad twice. I may have the same concept in mind – like pears and pomegranates, but the exact combination of ingredients varies with what’s in the fridge.

  • use spinach, romaine, leaf lettuce, kale, arugula, mesclun mix or your favourite mixed greens
  • use apples or crispy apple pears instead of or in addition to pears
  • use pecans, candied pecans, croutons or roasted chickpeas
  • use goat cheese, blue cheese or fresh shaved Parmesan instead of feta
  • use dried cranberries, blueberries, cherries or cranberries instead of apricots
  • use a different dressing, check out one of these 7 Creamy Salad Dressings
  • use pepitas or sunflower seeds instead of nuts
  • add whole grains like quinoa, wheat, barley or buckwheat for a full meal salad
  • add fresh herbs like green onions, parsley or dill
pear and pomegranate salad on plate
So festive looking, perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Recipe for Pear and Pomegranate Salad

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Pear and Pomegranate Salad

A beautiful, tasty salad featuring two stunning winter fruits – pears and pomegranates. They're combined with dark leafy greens, salty feta, sweet dried apricots and crunchy nuts for a perfect salad.
Prep : 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 4 people
Author: Getty Stewart

Ingredients

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Salad

  • 6-8 cups dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, romaine, arugula, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup sliced red cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 firm pear, cut into matchsticks or slices
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots (or cranberries)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  • Prepare vinaigrette by combining all ingredients in a jar and shaking. Taste and adjust as desired.
  • Wash and dry leafy greens.
  • Place on large shallow bowl or platter. Toss with cabbage and carrots. Layer on pears. Before pears start to brown, pour dressing over salad mix.
  • Finish by garnishing with pomegranates, nuts, apricots and feta cheese.
  • Once this salad is dressed, it will not store very well – Eat up!

Notes

Try These Ideas:
  • use apples or crispy apple pears instead of or in addition to pears
  • use pecans, croutons or roasted chickpeas
  • use goat cheese, blue cheese or fresh shaved Parmesan instead of feta
  • use dried cranberries, blueberries, cherries or cranberries instead of apricots
  • use a different dressing, try creamy poppy seed 
  • use pepitas or sunflower seeds instead of nuts
  • add whole grains like quinoa, wheat, barley or buckwheat for a full meal salad
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 33g | Sodium: 328mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 16g | Iron: 2mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall salad, feta, pears, pomegranate, salad
pear and pomegranate salad on platter
Pear and pomegranate salad on a platter.

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Getty Stewart is a Professional Home Economist,  speaker, frequent media guest and writer dedicated to putting good food on tables and agendas.  She is the author of several recipe books on enjoying and preserving fruit, Founder of Fruit Share, a mom and veggie gardener. Sign up to get articles by Getty delivered to your inbox. You’ll get recipes, practical tips and great food information like this.

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