Pear, Pomegranate and Spinach Salad

11.03.2014

Pear Pomegranate and Spinach Salad | Cooking Classy

With the holidays just around the corner it’s definitely not too early to start planning your holiday menu. My family is going to be coming to my house this year so I know I’ve been thinking about what I’ll be serving already. Today I was thinking about which salads we’ll be having so I thought I’d test some out. I happened to have a bunch of pomegranates on hand so I decided to build a salad around those. I love how festive the arils look in this salad when paired with the greens, and of course I’m in love with the entire flavor combination of this salad!

I first tested a salad which was similar with bacon and believe it or not bacon just didn’t seem to have a place with this type of salad. It’s probably the first time I didn’t like bacon in something. I just love the fruitiness and sweetness of this salad without the overwhelming distraction of salty pork. I do however love the slight tang of the feta and depth of flavor from toasting the the nuts paired with the sweetness of this salad, they just balances things out. I also really enjoyed the faint honey flavor in the vinaigrette which I felt brought the salad and the dressing together while it’s gentle sweetness toned down the acidity of the dressing.

This salad has definitely made the cut for my holiday menu (I don’t think I’ll want to wait until the holidays thought to make it again)! I hope you love it too!

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Pear, Pomegranate and Spinach Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: About 6 servings

Pear, Pomegranate and Spinach Salad

Ingredients

    Salad
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 3 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Bartlett pears (firm but ripe), cored and sliced
  • 9 oz baby spinach
  • Dressing
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Whisk all dressing ingredients in a bowl to blend well. Place all salad ingredients in a large salad bowl, drizzle with desired amount of dressing then toss to evenly coat. Serve immediately.
  • Recipe source: adapted with some changes from Williams Sonoma
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/11/pear-pomegranate-spinach-salad/

Pear Pomegranate and Spinach Salad | Cooking Classy

30 comments

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I’m doing a juice cleanse right now but I’d love to have this magically appear at the end of my cleanse! It looks healthy, and awesome, and I love those pom arils! So pretty! Pinned of course :) November 3, 2014 at 6:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Averie! You are amazing to be doing a cleanse while baking all that delicious stuff you make! November 3, 2014 at 6:49pm Reply

  • sbo: This is a very good article. Thank you for a great information.
    Looks really yummy.
    I like to eat salad. November 3, 2014 at 7:51pm Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: Such a gorgeous salad! It really is perfect for the holidays! Pinned! November 3, 2014 at 8:02pm Reply

  • Shari Kelley: The colors of this salad are so pretty together, perfect for the holidays! I love all of your salad recipes. I have made the apple feta bacon salad so many times, and can’t get enough of it. Can’t wait to try this one. Pinning also! November 3, 2014 at 8:05pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I love pear salads, this is so gorgeous with the pom seeds! November 3, 2014 at 8:33pm Reply

  • Laura | Fork Knife Swoon: Such a gorgeous salad, Jaclyn! Yum! November 3, 2014 at 9:10pm Reply

  • Krystle(Baking Beauty): Love how festive this looks. Would be a great addition to our holiday table. Pinned! November 3, 2014 at 9:20pm Reply

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments: I love pomegranates on salad. I put a recipe on the blog last year and it was great but I never thought to add pears. That would be over the top amazing!
    Pinned.
    Have a great day! November 4, 2014 at 5:30am Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: I love salads like this! That is almost the exact recipe I use to make dressing. So flavorful! I just tend to make extra because I like a lot of dressing. November 4, 2014 at 6:44am Reply

  • Teresa: This looks so wonderful. I’m definitely going to try it! November 4, 2014 at 4:06pm Reply

  • Danae @ Recipe Runner: This is a gorgeous salad and I love the pop of color that those pomegranate arils give it! Perfect for the holidays! November 4, 2014 at 4:42pm Reply

  • Ann @ Dinner Is Served: Beautiful salad and perfect for the holidays. Agree that the bacon doesn’t quite fit. LOVE your food blog. I follow a lot of them and yours is definitely one of my favorites! November 4, 2014 at 6:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you love it Ann! Thanks for letting me know :)! November 4, 2014 at 8:08pm Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: Gorgeous salad! I am all about pomegranate right now! So good! November 5, 2014 at 7:23am Reply

  • Emily {Rainbow Delicious}: I made this salad tonight for dinner to accompany enchiladas and wow, what a great salad! I used candied pecans, red anjou pears and left out the dijon in the dressing. I think this is my favorite salad I’ve tried so far this Fall! November 11, 2014 at 2:21am Reply

  • Emily {Rainbow Delicious}: For this salad I used candied pecans and my whole family loved it. I also used red anjou pears instead of bartlett. I will definitely be making this delicious Fall salad again and again.

    I hope hosting the holidays at your house goes great this year, I’m sure all your guests will love this addition to your menu! November 17, 2014 at 9:56am Reply

  • Deanna: Do you think goat cheese would equally be yummy in this salad? Not a huge feta fan…but if feta is the way to go- let me know!

    Thanks! November 26, 2014 at 8:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Goat cheese would be another great option. I hope you love it! November 26, 2014 at 9:48am Reply

  • bonnie: looks so good – going to be making it tonight with lamb chops and potatoes. The dressing sounds really good! Thanks for sharing December 6, 2014 at 4:03pm Reply

  • Ashleigh: Would apples work instead of pears? December 25, 2014 at 10:01am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that should be good too! December 25, 2014 at 3:23pm Reply

  • Gisele: Loved this salad for Christmas dinner. Everything , except the pear, Canberra prepared ahead of time and then combined 5-10 minutes before serving! Yummy! December 26, 2014 at 1:10am Reply

  • Ann @ Dinner Is Served: THIS SALAD IS FANTASTIC! Made last night to go along with our friend’s New Years Eve Dinner. Finding ripe pears here in the midwest in December can be a bit of a challenge, but I came across some beautiful little Seckel pears at the store. Perfectly ripe and very sweet. Everyone loved the fresh pomegranate seeds and the tangy feta. Great way to ring in the new year! January 1, 2015 at 8:02am Reply

  • Emily Waugh: I made this salad for Christmas dinner and it was the biggest hit of the night. Everything else was good, but it was the salad that had people going back in for second and third helpings. I’m making it again tomorrow night for a dinner party! January 6, 2015 at 2:49pm Reply

  • | BHG Delish Dish: […] sounds more delicious than a Pear Pomegranate Spinach Salad? Probably nothing. Thanks, Cooking Classy for the great […] January 30, 2015 at 7:03am Reply

  • Jean: This salad souns fabulous. I want to include this for my nieces shower in June. What can be substituted for the arils considering they are not in season in June March 29, 2015 at 7:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I would sub raspberries. April 20, 2015 at 12:09pm Reply

  • Susan: Do you happen to know the nutritional value? I’m watching my carbs and calories. Thank you February 23, 2016 at 10:27am Reply

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