Pear Pomegranate Salad

This tasty pear pomegranate salad features juicy pears, bright pomegranate seeds, and a tangy white wine vinaigrette dressing.

Pear pomegranate salad

Fresh pomegranate seeds are one of natures best inventions! Tart and juicy, these days they seem like an expertly engineered tasty treat: not a totally natural food! It takes a bit of time to remove the seeds from this almost absurd looking fruit, but it’s totally worth it – each seed is a burst of juicy, sweet flavor. Here, we’ve worked them into a delicious pear pomegranate salad recipe: a pretty darn perfect side salad. Keep reading for the recipe!

How to make pear pomegranate salad

We love eating snacking on pomegranate seeds right out of a bowl, but they’re great to add to salads and desserts. Here we’ve combined them with local greens to make for a delicious and elegant pear pomegranate salad. While it might look fancy, this salad is a fairly simple way to enjoy fresh and seasonal ingredients. To make it, you’ll whisk up a tangy white wine vinaigrette dressing, and slice up the pears.

Outside of preparing the pears and dressing, the only challenge to making this pear pomegranate salad is removing the pomegranate seeds. How to seed a pomegranate?

  • Cut the pomegranate in quarters and place them in a large bowl of water.
  • Under the water, start to gently pull out the seeds with your fingers. Eventually you’ll be able to turn the peel inside out to extract the seeds closest to the outer skin.
  • As you work, the pomegranate seeds will sink to the bottom, while the white pith from the fruit will float to the top.
  • When all of the seeds are extracted, skim off the white pith and strain out the water.

And that’s it: how to make pear pomegranate salad! It’s one of our favorite side salads to accessorize any main dish, from baked salmon to lasagna. Have you tried it? Let us know in the comments below!

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Pear Pomegranate Salad


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This tasty pear pomegranate salad features juicy pears, bright pomegranate seeds, and a tangy white wine vinaigrette dressing.


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Ingredients

  • 1 pomegranate
  • 2 pears
  • 8 cups salad greens
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pink and white peppercorns (optional)

Instructions

  1. Remove the seeds from the pomegranate: cut the pomegranate in quarters and place them in a large bowl of water. Under the water, start to gently pull out the seeds with your fingers. Eventually you’ll be able to turn the peel inside out to extract the seeds closest to the outer skin. As you work, the pomegranate seeds will sink to the bottom, while the white pith from the fruit will float to the top. When all of the seeds are extracted, skim off the white pith and strain out the water.
  2. Wash and slice the pears, and add a bit of lemon juice to keep them from browning. If necessary, wash and dry the salad greens.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the white wine vinegar, mustard, honey, lemon juice, and kosher salt. Then whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy emulsion forms.
  4. Divide the salad greens between the plates; top with sliced pears, pomegranate seeds, a bit of vinaigrette, and if desired, a few crushed pink and white peppercorns.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pear pomegranate salad, Salad recipes, Side salad recipes, Pear salad, Fruit Salad Recipes, Salad with Fruit

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

11 Comments

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    Melissa @ Kids in the Sink
    November 21, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I LOVE pomegranates and I agree, it is totally worth it to take the time to get those seeds out of there. I’m happy to see a salad recipe around this time since most things are so fatty and heavy around the Thanksgiving table. Light dishes are good to!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      I couldn’t agree more! And I love that light dishes can taste just as good (or better) than the heavy alternatives :) We’ll be bringing this one to a gathering tomorrow – I can’t wait to make it again!

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    J
    November 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Absolutely beautiful salad, pomegranates lend themselves to salads so well. They also pack so much sweet-tart flavor that you can go simple and pared-down while still having something amazing.

    I also recommend simply floating a handful of the arils in flutes of champagne – another excellent way to celebrate the season!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Wonderful idea with the champagne — that makes me want to start celebrating right now! We’ll have to save that for New Year’s :) Thanks for the idea!

  • Reply
    erin
    November 21, 2011 at 11:56 am

    This salad looks gorgeous and I’m still getting greens from my csa. I’ve actually never dealt with pomegranates before but this gives me a reason!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 23, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you! Pomegranates are so worth it – let us know if you give them a try :)

  • Reply
    Cate
    November 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    This is the first year I’ve bought pomegranates, and I can’t get enough!

  • Reply
    Anna
    November 21, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Both pears and pomegranates are sweet, soft and juicy. It follows that the salad will be the same too. I love the freshness and the succulent taste it wll give to my holiday dinners. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Sarah Haege
    December 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Mmm I love pomegranate! I’ll be trying this one soon.
    (it looks so pretty!)

  • Reply
    Betsy
    December 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I made this salad for Christmas dinner and it was a hit with everyone at the table! Thanks for the recipe! Have you tried it with gorgonzola or feta?

  • Reply
    Bernadette @ B3HD
    September 22, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Super simple but really great tastes tossed together. Definitely need to try this

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