Pear, Pomegranate and Spinach Salad

11.03.2014

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!

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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

Yield: About 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Recipe source: adapted with some changes from Williams Sonoma

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33 comments

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

  • 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

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