How to Make Festive Pear and Pomegranate Salad

How to Make Festive Pear and Pomegranate Salad
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I love salads any time of year but definitely like to switch up the ingredients for different seasons. While in the Summer months my salads are adorned with garden fresh tomatoes, watermelon, strawberries, and cucumber, I focus on more earthy flavors for fall and winter. This festive pear and pomegranate salad is beautiful and a perfect showstopper for your holiday table. This salad has gorgeous sweet jewels of pomegranate, robust earthy flavors of the pears, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, and figs on a bed of mixed greens. It is full of antioxidants and fiber and hits both sweet and salty flavor notes. You will love having the this festive pear and pomegranate salad in your salad repertoire and will want to make it again and again.

You do not necessarily need a dressing for this salad because the pomegranate and pears mixed with the feta will make a delicious juice but a nice pairing would be my homemade  Lemon Maple Dijon Dressing or a nice vinaigrette.

Ingredients for Festive Pear and Pomegranate salad:

FROM THE GARDEN OR PRODUCE SECTION 

  • 1 cup Pomegranate arils ( you can either use a fresh pomegranate or I love the POM Wonderful 4 packs that already have them seeded.
  • 1 sliced pear 
  • 4 cups Fresh mixed greens

FROM THE FRIDGE/ PANTRY 

  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios (or pine nuts)
  • 1/2 Pumpkin seeds
  • 4 – 5 chopped dried figs

Optional – Feta Cheese for sprinkling

TO MAKE Festive Pear and Pomegranate Salad

Start by placing your fresh Salad greens in a large bowl and set aside. Chop your pear and figs and add them to the bowl with the salad greens. Add the pomegranate arils Top with chopped nuts, pumpkin seeds and toss with dressing if you choose. I like to serve feta on the side for sprinkling.

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