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

4.34 from 3 votes

This colorful salad is brimming with fresh flavor it's it's perfect for the holidays. 

Servings: 6
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total 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
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pear Salad
Author: Jaclyn

41 comments

  • Vanita: I used walnut instead of olive oil and pomegranate instead of cranberries. I also sautéd the pear slices to intensify their sweetness (in contrast to the sour dressing). The result was super tasty.
    Thank you! January 18, 2019 at 8:27am Reply

  • jen: I made this salad and thought it was delicious. I think the dressing was lacking just a little certain something, not sure what it was. January 1, 2019 at 7:45am Reply

  • Lolamd: Just wondering if you could make the dressing ahead of time? December 23, 2018 at 5:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes then just keep refrigerated. If the oil solidifies a little let it rest at room temp a bit. December 23, 2018 at 6:41pm Reply

      • Kali: What else was on the Holliday menu? July 20, 2019 at 10:16pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Usually some of these – dinner rolls, honey baked ham, roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, Mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and a salad (like the pear one I shared). And lots of pie :). The classics. July 24, 2019 at 2:53pm Reply

  • Deni: I am making this salad for the 3rd year in a row now for my Friendsgiving dinner! Friends have asked for the recipe every time! And it is now something that HAS TO BE INCLUDED on the menu! I love it so much and I get so many compliments every time! The dressing is amazing and it brings out the flavors just perfectly! I highly recommend it in place of your usual boring salad for a special occasion. Or even for meal prep if you feel fancy :) November 13, 2018 at 6:28pm Reply

  • Ninen Gómez: Muy Buenas recetas¡ October 29, 2018 at 8:24am Reply

  • Daytwone: Is there a Calorie count for this recipe ? January 6, 2017 at 4:55pm Reply

  • Joy Walden: I’ve got to say yummy I have both pears and pomegranates in my yard and this salad was awesome September 26, 2016 at 2:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed Joy! September 27, 2016 at 2:31pm Reply

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