In just 5 minutes, add this fruity pomegranate pear salad to your family’s dinner table. A simple, show-stopper dressing tops it off: olive oil and pomegranate balsamic vinegar.
I spotted the pomegranate balsamic vinegar in my grocery store and had never tried it before. I try to keep only the staples on hand, and add flavors as I need them. My oils and spices are overflowing enough already! But, WOW was this worth it. My daughter and husband both loved it. My daughter even licked the little bowl I whisked the dressing in!
We all know that fresh greens are one of the most nutritious foods. But, really, do we eat enough each day? Ehhh… probably not. The best way to ensure I eat my greens is 1) in a smoothie, or 2) bury them under heaps of fruit and nuts! I’ve found the same is true for kiddos, by the way.
It’s not feeling very summery with snow piled up all around our house. So, with the pomegranate balsamic vinegar in hand, I ambled slowly around the produce. Honestly, it’s one of my hobbies! I’m sure the produce folks wonder about me and the volume of fruits I buy. The winter flavors sang out to me… pomegranates (of course), pears, citrus, nuts and seeds. I thought about naming this the “4 P Salad” – pear, pomegranate, pecan, pepitas – but I’m sure my 9yo would have a field day with THAT name!
Fruits and veggies are awesome. But, if I’m going to really enjoy a salad then it can’t be too “virtuous”. Enter: goat cheese. I’m also sure the cheese folks wonder about me, pouring over the goat cheeses until I found one I hugged. I bought an organic cheese from the Vermont Creamery, who is committed to consciously crafted products, environmental sustainability, and supporting farmers and livestock. Yay for happy goats! We once fed our Christmas tree to goats, but that’s a story for another day.
Let’s Make a Balsamic Pomegranate Pear Salad
Pile your lovely mixed greens in big bowl. Top with fruit, nuts and cheese. Then stir or whisk the olive oil and pomegranate balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Drizzle. Really, that’s it.
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In just 5 minutes, you can add this gorgeous pomegranate pear salad to your family’s dinner table. A simple, show-stopper dressing highlights the fruity and nutty flavors: olive oil and pomegranate balsamic vinegar.
- 6 oz mixed spring greens
- 1 pear, thinly sliced
- 3 mandarin oranges, peeled & sectioned
- 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- 1/4 cup pepitas
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp pomegranate balsamic vinegar
- Add greens to a large bowl.
- Top with fruits, nuts and goat cheese.
- Stir or whisk olive oil and pomegranate balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Drizzle over salad.
Vegetarian: Recipe is vegetarian.
Vegan: Omit goat cheese, or substitute with non-dairy/vegan creamy cheese of your choice.
Gluten-Free: Recipe is gluten-free.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 482
- Sugar: 14g
- Sodium: 92mg
- Fat: 39.9g
- Saturated Fat: 6.3g
- Carbohydrates: 28.4g
- Fiber: 9.9g
- Protein: 10.8g
- Cholesterol: 7mg
Keywords: pomegranate salad, pomegranate pear, pear salad, winter salad