Have you ever tried pomegranates before? Up until a few years ago, it was a fruit that I always passed by in the supermarket. Mostly because I didn’t really know what to do with it. One day, Wegman’s, my all-time favorite supermarket had a big display of these, and I couldn’t resist. We got home and peeled one open – and that’s when the love affair began. These beautiful magenta seeds where behind the dark red exterior. Both my son and I devoured an entire fruit in one sitting.
Using the pomegranate seeds in a salad is probably my favorite way to eat this delicious fruit. They add amazing color, texture and flavor to an otherwise ordinary salad. This Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates is the complete opposite of ordinary. It will definitely be on my Thanksgiving table this year. A perfect side dish, it lends some nice contrasting textures to your holiday menu. Best of all, this salad and the dressing can be made ahead of time (like the night before) which will save you time and energy come Thanksgiving day. Just be sure to refrigerate the dressing separate and wait to dress the salad until right before serving. Here is how it comes together:
- 1 bag, baby spinach blend salad greens
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1 large ripe pear, sliced
- ⅓ c. pomegranate seeds
- ¼ c. goat cheese crumbles
- ¼ c. glazed pecans (like Emerald brand)
- For Dressing:
- 1 tsp. minced garlic (or one clove)
- ¼ c. honey
- ¼ c. balsamic vinegar
- ¼ c. olive oil
- ground pepper (a few turns of the pepper grinder)
- In large bowl, toss salad greens, onions, pears, pomegranates, goat cheese and pecans. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to serve.
- In small mixing bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the garlic, honey, vinegar, olive oil and pepper.
- When ready to serve, lightly dress the salad mix and toss. Or, plate individual servings and dress just before eating. Refrigerate any undressed salad, reserving dressing in separate container.
This salad brings will be a welcome alternative to the otherwise mushy, ordinary holiday sides. It will be a showstopper, and may even make the turkey jealous! :)
My warmest regards for a fantastic Thanksgiving!