Winter Salad With Fruit & Poppy Seed Dressing

I love adding seasonal fruit to a green salad all year long. In the winter, the trick is to use fruits readily available at your local market. Make this easy winter salad in minutes for a bright, refreshing recipe full of sweet flavors and crunchy textures you’ll adore. It makes a satisfying appetizer or salad not only for the holidays but anytime in the coming months.

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Spiced Pears and Pomegranates

A pomegranate is a sweet, tart fruit with thick, red skin. While the skin is not edible, it holds hundreds of juicy seeds that you can eat plain or sprinkle on salads, oatmeal, hummus, and other dishes. Bottled pomegranate juice is also an easy way to enjoy some of the health benefits of this delicious fruit.

Today’s dish is great for most diets. It’s vegan with no common allergy triggers, that works well as a fruit salad or as a healthy dessert alternative. It’s made with two autumn fruits, ripe pears and pomegranates, and is a great dish for the holidays from Thanksgiving to New Year. It works well for potlucks. Pomegranates are, of course, a high-fiber, high-antioxidant “superfood” (thanks in part to those hard little edible seeds!). It’ll make you happy to see pomegranates appear in the grocery in the fall…

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Pear and Pomegranate Salad

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. Read More

Curried Cashew Salad With Pear & Grapes

Pear season begins when Bartlett pears start arriving at the supermarkets in late summer. They’re soon followed by Bosc and Comice which are in season in the fall through winter. The Anjou is known as a winter pear.

I love a ripe pear. Most pears in the stores aren’t ripe yet, but I put them in a small paper bag for several days to ripen. I save the paper prescription bags for my pears and avocados to ripen. Those little bags are the perfect size.  I like to eat a pear alone or added to a salad or a fruit compote for a winter breakfast. Cooked pears can also make elegant desserts.

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