This fresh salad of pomegranate arils, pears, and apples with crisp Romaine, glazed pecans, goat cheese, red onion and pepitas is the perfect fall side dish!  Shake up an easy pomegranate vinaigrette dressing to top it all off.  Looking to make an out of this world dinner salad? Add rotisserie chicken or leftover holiday turkey and slices of avocado for the win!

apple, pear, pomegranate salad with chicken and avocado with pomegranate vinaigrettepomegranate salad scripture- 2 Timothy 3:16

 

Sometimes, you’ve just got to have a good salad.  And I’m not talking about just a little lettuce to nibble.  I’m talking something you can really take a bite of.  Layers of texture and flavor… something looks just as good as it eats.

 

And that’s just what you get with an Apple, Pear, Pomegranate Salad.  Pops of flavor from ruby pomegranate seeds, crisp apples and pears, nutty pepitas and subtly sweet pecans deliver all the beauty of autumn with every bite.  Tossed in a rich pomegranate vinaigrette, this salad pairs perfectly with your favorite soup and can even hold it’s own on the sacred holiday table.

 

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What You Need for Apple, Pear, Pomegranate Salad 

 

Pomegranate Vinaigrette in a pour bottle

 

Ingredients for Easy Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Deep, rich & fruity, this subtly sweet & savory dressing is just what this salad needs to capture the essence of the season.

  • Pomegranate juice
  • red wine vinegar
  • olive oil
  • honey
  • dijon mustard
  • minced garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes

 

overhead shot of pomegranate vinaigrette

 

Everyone agrees this salad is as beautiful as it is delicious!  But there are plenty of ways to substitute with some of your favorites to make this salad your own.

  • Instead of glazed pecans, try walnuts or pistachios!  
  • This salad sings with a little salty cheese.  Substitute crumbled feta or bleu cheese for goat cheese for a little salty goodness.
  • Want to add more dark greens?  Mix in a little kale or spinach.
  • Nothing beats a little chopped bacon to make the most of any salad.

 

pomegranate vinaigrette drizzling over a salad.

 

As tasty as this salad is as a side dish, it is a game changer as a dinner salad.  Add sliced rotisserie chicken and creamy avocado for a quick meal that is loaded with all sorts of long lasting, satisfying goodness.  Looking for a lighter but still delicious way to enjoy those holiday leftovers?  Forget the rotisserie chicken and add layers of leftover turkey to this crunchy salad.

 

An overhead photo of apple pear pomegranate salad with chicken and avocado

 

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apple, pear, pomegranate salad with chicken and avocado with pomegranate vinaigrette

Apple, Pear, Pomegranate Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

This fresh salad of pomegranate seeds, pears, apples with crisp Romaine, glazed pecans, goat cheese & red onion is the perfect fall side dish! An easy pomegranate vinaigrette dressing drizzle tops it off!
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Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fall, holiday
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Apple, Pear, Pomegranate Salad

  • 10 oz. Romaine & Radicchio salad mix, washed with core pieces removed
  • 4 oz. pomegranate arils, or seeds
  • 1 medium apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium pear, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz. glazed pecans
  • 1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 oz. goat cheese crumbles
  • 2 Tbsp pepitas

Pomegranate Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 C pomegranate juice
  • 1/3 C virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 C red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp minced garlic
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • In a large salad bowl, add all ingredients except goat cheese. Toss ingredients together.
  • In a jar with lid, add dressing ingredients. Shake vigorously. Drizzle over salad and toss salad again. Sprinkle goat cheese over top. Serve immediately
  • If not serving immediately, add apples, pears, goat cheese and dressing right before serving.

Notes

Add sliced chicken or turkey and avocado to make an entire meal.  Makes 2 dinner salads.

 

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This fresh salad with pomegranate seeds, pears, apples is the perfect fall side dish! Glazed pecans, red onion, and goat cheese only add to the flavor. An easy pomegranate vinaigrette dressing tops it off. Add chicken and avocado to make an entire meal.