Pear and Pomegranate Salad! This salad is loaded with goodness, fresh and juicy pear, tart and sweet pomegranate, crunchy pecans, and creamy feta. All drizzled with a glorious drool worthy orange poppyseed vinaigrette.
My reason for talking about the holidays? The colors of this salad make me think of Christmas. The red and the green. This salad would look gorgeous on any table, but especially on a holiday table surrounded by a ham or turkey, a heaping dish of cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole, maybe some Sweet Potato Casserole too? Some fresh rolls. And whatever else is your favorite holiday tradition.
My favorite part of this salad though? Is the citrusy orange poppyseed vinaigrette. It’s made with fresh orange juice, a hint of honey to sweeten it, and the poppyseeds of course. Which are fun and beautiful.
To make this salad super easy you can use the pomegranate arils already removed from the pomegranate, you can buy them in most markets in the produce section. I found some sold by Pom, just a small plastic cup full of the juicy seeds. Or if you’re up for the challenge of cutting into your own pomegranate, I have found this tutorial on How To Cut and De-Seed a Pomegranate by Simply Recipes to be quite helpful.
And if you’re not used to eating pomegranate seeds, they are actual seeds, but they are inside the little juicy fruit. So it’s a wonderful contrast in texture when you eat them, you get the burst of sweet, tart juice and the slight crunch of the seed inside.
I used a feta in this salad. A goat cheese would also be a great option. Or if you’re not feeling adventurous with the cheese maybe a white cheddar to go with the fruit. Just cut it up into cubes and you can still make a beautiful presentation!
Now is this salad only for holiday time?! NO!!! Absolutely not. It’s for anytime you feel the hankering for a little fruit and cheese on a bed of spinach drizzled with a orange dressing. That happens to other people right??
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Pear & Pomegranate Salad with Orange Poppyseed Vinaigrette
- 3 cups baby spinach, packed
- 1 pear , sliced or chopped
- ¼ cup pomegranate arils
- ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
- ¼ cup pecans, halved
- For the salad, add the spinach to a large bowl and layer the remaining ingredients on top.
Orange Poppyseed Vinaigrette
- Add all ingredients to a medium size jar. Tighten the lid and shake until thoroughly mixed.
- Drizzle over salad. Toss to combine. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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