In California here in the U. S., the season for pomegranates is from October through January. Now is the perfect time to review its great health benefits and make an effort to add the fresh seeds to our dishes. The pomegranate seeds and the juice from them are the only edible parts of the plant and are a super food. The juice was shown in a research study to have the highest level of antioxidants of all the fruit juices. It helps keep your arteries clear and lowers blood pressure.
Now let’s talk about a popular autumn dish with pomegranate seeds: pear and pomegranate salad. This salad is easy to make, is tasty, and will quickly become a fall and winter favorite. Topped with pomegranate vinaigrette, it’s great all by itself or with grilled chicken for a one dish meal. Adding a little blue cheese is also optional.
Pear and Pomegranate Salad
Use organic when available, serves 4
Pear and Pomegranate Salad
- 6 cups lettuce, rinsed, dried, and torn
- 2 Bartlett or Anjou pears
- 2/3 cup pomegranate seeds
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 tbsp pomegranate juice
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
- 1 tbsp local natural honey
- salt and pepper to taste
- optional grilled chicken slices
- optional 1/4 cup Blue Cheese crumbles
- Place lettuce in large salad bowl
- Halve and core pears
- Slice pears and add to salad bowl
- Add pomegranate seeds
- Toss salad gently to mix ingredients
- You may serve as one large salad or in 4 individual salad bowls
- Mix pomegranate juice, lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, honey, salt and pepper in sauce pan
- Bring to a boil over high heat
- Reduce heat and simmer for about 2 minutes
- Stir frequently as it simmers
- Dressing will thicken slightly
- Pour dressing over salad and serve immediately
- Optional, put dressing in a bottle for adding to salad at table
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18 thoughts to “Pear and Pomegranate Salad”
Mmmm… minus the chicken slices (I’m vegetarian) this sounds good! #MMBC
This is something I’ve never had before. Nor did I realize how healthy pomegranates are. Thanks for the info. I will certainly start looking for the juice. TFS
If you shop at Aldi, they sometimes have a power fruit drink which is a mix of great juices including pomegranate.
I like pomegranate juice very much but I don’t like the seedy texture of the fruit. I will have to try making the pomegranate vinaigrette–that sounds very good served with sweet pears, Carol.
Looks good minus the chicken slices (I’m also vegetarian)
I do so love using pears in salads. The pomegranate seeds are a really nice touch. Sounds wonderful!
Carol this looks like such a yummy and refreshing salad!
This looks so good. All though I hate peeling pomegranates. I think I have tried all of the tricks. Nothing makes it easier.
I have to agree with you that it is a pain, but I feel it’s worth it. If you can’t stomach peeling another one, make the pomegranate vinaigrette to use on a pear salad.
Yum, yum, yum! I love both pomegranate seeds and pears. I can imagine the flavors complement each other.
They do indeed Sharon. Happy Friday!
Sounds wonderful. I’ve never thought about adding pomegranates to a salad.
Oh my, this salad looks divine. I love pears and pomegranate so I don’t think that I could go wrong with this salad. Thank you for sharing.
I’m a bit behind – but I wanted to make sure I stopped by and thanked you for joining the What’s for dinner party – and invite you to join us again this week!
Yum! Definitely going to try this, Carol. Thanks for sharing!
I’m so glad you like it Debbie. Happy Tuesday!