Harvest Salad with Pears

Harvest Salad with Pears

Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates

Looking for an amazing pear salad recipe? My Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates is fantastic! Beautiful enough for a Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish and simple enough to make for weekday lunch paired with chicken or turkey!

Looking for an amazing pear salad recipe? My Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates is fantastic! Beautiful enough for a Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish and simple enough to make for weekday lunch paired with chicken or turkey!

This Pear Salad recipe is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner

One side dish I always try to have on the table for a holiday meal (Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter) is a fresh, crisp salad. Often, we have lots of carb-heavy sides like potatoes and gravy and stuffing during the holidays. Yes, these are definitely delicious and I would not serve a holiday meal without them, I feel like this Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates is necessary to break to all the “beige.”

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Here’s how this delicious Harvest Salad with Pears comes together:

Looking for an amazing pear salad recipe? My Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates is fantastic! Beautiful enough for a Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish and simple enough to make for weekday lunch paired with chicken or turkey!

Step 1: Start with your greens

You can use virtually any lettuce mix – I like to use a colorful spring mix for this salad. Baby spinach, escarole, freesia, and other colorful greens lend well to the color and texture of this salad.

 

Looking for an amazing pear salad recipe? My Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates is fantastic! Beautiful enough for a Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish and simple enough to make for weekday lunch paired with chicken or turkey!

Step 2: Add fresh pears

Sweet and firm pears are the centerpiece to this pear salad recipe. I chose red pears, however, you can also use Barlett, yellow or Asian pears as well.

Looking for an amazing pear salad recipe? My Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates is fantastic! Beautiful enough for a Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish and simple enough to make for weekday lunch paired with chicken or turkey!

Step 3: Other Add-ins to the salad

During the fall and early winter, Pomegranates are at their peak. You can find them in the produce section of most grocery stores. Peel of the outside rind and you’ll find beautiful, sweet magenta seeds in the center.

The pomegranate seeds add a lovely complimentary color and crisp texture to this salad. 

I also added pecans and goat cheese to this harvest salad. The crunch of the pecans and the sweet creamy flavors of the cheese take this salad from great to exceptional!

Looking for an amazing pear salad recipe? My Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates is fantastic! Beautiful enough for a Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish and simple enough to make for weekday lunch paired with chicken or turkey!

Step 4: The Dressing

This honey balsamic vinaigrette is one of my favorite dressings for a salad like this. If you’re making this salad as a side dish for a large meal, I recommend serving the dressing on the side. Let your guests dress their own salad. If there are leftovers, store the dressing separately. This way the salad will keep longer and not get wilted and mushy.

Pear Salad Questions:

What type of pears should I use for a pear salad recipe?

  • I like red pears for this pear salad. You can also use Bartlett, Yellow or Asian pears.

I don’t like pecans. What other nuts can I use instead of pecans?

  • Walnuts, pistachios and almonds are all great alternatives in this Harvest Salad.

 

If you loved this delicious Pear Salad, then be sure to check out some of my other similar salads and sides that are great for a holiday meal:

Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese and Pecans

Honey Crisp Apple & Sweet Kale Salad

Roasted Carrot Salad with Apples and Pecans

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries

 

Are you looking for some side-dish ideas for your Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner? Check these out:

Best Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Everything Thanksgiving Stuffing

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Apricots and Orange

 

Here’s the recipe for my delicious Harvest Salad with Pears:

Nutrition

Calories

922 cal

Fat

62 g

Carbs

94 g

Protein

6 g
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Yields 6-8

Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates

This salad is a perfect side dish to a holiday meal. Its great for a special occasion or a busy weeknight meal.

20 minPrep Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 bag, baby spinach blend salad greens
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 large ripe pear, sliced
  • 1/3 c. pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 c. goat cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 c. glazed pecans (like Emerald brand)
  • For Dressing:
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic (or one clove)
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • ground pepper (a few turns of the pepper grinder)

Instructions

  1. In large bowl, toss salad greens, onions, pears, pomegranates, goat cheese and pecans. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. In small mixing bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the garlic, honey, vinegar, olive oil and pepper.
  3. 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.

Tags

Cuisines
American
Occasions
Christmas
Thanksgiving
Courses
Salad
Diet
vegetarian
pescetarian
Allergy
gluten free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
seafood free
sesame free
mustard free
7.8.1.2
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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!  đź™‚

My warmest regards for a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Erin

 

Looking for an amazing pear salad recipe? My Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates is fantastic! Beautiful enough for a Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish and simple enough to make for weekday lunch paired with chicken or turkey!

Comments

  1. We love to have salads for dinner every so often. This looks delicious!
    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says
      Thanks so much, Nancy! Throw some grilled chicken on the salad, and you'll have a complete meal!
  2. I pinned this salad. I have been on a pomegranates binge since they are in season. I just made an apple and fennel, now can't wait to make yours.
  3. delightful.e.made@gmail.com says
    Enjoy, Madonna!
  4. What a creative and unique salad...love all of the colors it has!
  5. This salad is gorgeous! I've never ate a pomegranate. Do you eat the seed?
    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says
      Thanks, Tammy! Pomegranates are delicious, and the little red things are the seed/fruit. Has a tangy/sweet flavor. So good!

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