Salad With Pomegranate Seeds

salad with pomegranate seeds
salad with pomegranate seeds

pomegranate pear arugula salad recipe

I can’t take my eyes off this salad! The concept came to me as I was improvising a big green salad for Friendsgiving this year. Salads are often overlooked at the holidays, so I set out to make a festive red-and-green showstopper.

I knew I wanted to incorporate ruby-red pomegranate arils and fresh pear, since they’re both so delicious this time of year. I added Honeycrisp apple, goat cheese, and pecans for good measure.

salad ingredients

To make the dressing taste festive and cut through the sweetness of the fruit, I added fresh ginger to my basic apple cider vinaigrette. Believe me, this salad tastes as good as it looks.

This salad might look fancy, but it’s simple to put together. You’ll want to pay extra attention to how you prepare the ingredients, so I’ve typed up some tips below. If you’re craving some greens to get you through the holidays, or already working on your holiday menu, this salad is for you!

Salad Preparation Tips

Apple and pear: Slice straight down about 1/2″ from the core. Repeat on the remaining three sides, and discard the core. With the flat sides lying flat against the cutting board, cut them into very thin slices, keeping the pieces together as best you can. Then, fan out the slices into sections and place them around the salad as shown.

Pomegranate: There are a bunch of different ways to remove the arils from a pomegranate, but I usually do it like this.

Goat cheese: You can easily crumble cold goat cheese with a fork into a bowl. You’ll need half of a standard log of goat cheese for this recipe.

Pecans: Freshly toasted nuts offer tons of flavor, so that’s why I recommend buying raw nuts and toasting them as needed. It’s a simple step that makes a big difference, and your nuts will stay fresher longer this way.

Dressing: Simply whisk it all together! You can make the dressing a day or two in advance if you’d like.

To serve: This salad really makes a statement when it’s spread across a big serving platter like mine (affiliate link). I usually recommend tossing your salad before serving, but this one is prettier if you simply drizzle dressing lightly all over it and let guests take their portions from there.

Please let me know how this salad turns out for you in the comments! I hope it makes an appearance at your holiday table, if not sooner.

Craving more cold-weather salads? Here are a few of my favorites:

pomegranate pear arugula salad with ginger dressing

pomegranate pear arugula salad on plate

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1. How do I remove pomegranate arils?
There are various methods to remove pomegranate arils. You can check out this guide for step-by-step instructions.

2. Can I prepare the dressing in advance?
Absolutely! You can make the dressing a day or two ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.

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