Pear and Pomegranate Christmas Salad

A winter salad packed with pear, pomegranate seeds, blue cheese, onion, dried cranberries and toasted pine nuts this Pear and Pomegranate Christmas Salad is great on it’s own or as a compliment to a larger meal. 

It’s easy to get caught up dreaming of sugar plums this time of year…

sugar plums? what the heck is a sugar plum anyway?!

Let’s try that again…

It’s easy to get caught up dreaming of sugar cookies this time of year… but we have to make some room for greens in our life, and I don’t mean evergreens…

This Pear and Pomegranate Christmas Salad is made with a base of baby kale mix, pear slices, pomegranate seeds, chopped onion, dried cranberries, toasted pine nuts and blue cheese. It’s tossed with a simple maple vinaigrette made with just 4 ingredients – maple syrup, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and salt.

All tossed together this salad makes a perfect addition to your Christmas dinner. Often Christmas dinner is something on the heavier side and the flavors in this salad compliment a heavier dish well.

Have some pickier eaters coming to Christmas dinner? No problem! Make it into a “build-your-own” salad bar. Put all of the toppings into individual bowls and let your guests pick and choose what they want in their salad and top it with as much or as little dressing as they like!

If you really want to be accommodating here are some alternate toppings you can offer in your salad bar or swap into the tossed salad:

Instead of…

Toasted Pine Nuts try Pistachios

Blue Cheese sub in Goat Cheese

Dried Cranberries swap in Dried Cherries 

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Pear and Pomegranate Christmas Salad


  • Author: Sprinkles & Sea Salt

Description

A winter salad packed with pear, pomegranate seeds, blue cheese, onion, dried cranberries and toasted pine nuts this Pear and Pomegranate Christmas Salad is great on it’s own or as a compliment to a larger meal. 


Ingredients

Maple Vinaigrette

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp sea salt

Toasted Pine Nuts

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp pine nuts

Pear and Pomegranate Salad

1 5oz package baby kale mix*

1 cup pear, chopped**

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

1/4 cup white onion, chopped

1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles

2 tbsp dried cranberries

2 tbsp toasted pine nuts


Instructions

Maple Vinaigrette

In a jar with a tight lid, add all of the vinaigrette ingredients, shake until well combined

Toasted Pine Nuts

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a small skillet

Add pine nuts

Constantly tossing to make sure they do not burn, toast the pine nuts until golden brown, 2-3 minutes

Remove from heat, using a slotted spoon move pine nuts to a paper towel, cool

Pear and Pomegranate Salad

In a large salad bowl, add all of the salad ingredients and toss

Drizzle with desired amount of maple vinaigrette, toss

Serve immediately

Notes

*baby kale, chard and spinach

**Asian or Bosc

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