This salad reminds me of fall. From the fresh pears to the walnuts to the dried cranberries to the tang of the spiced pomegranate vinaigrette…I have eaten it during other seasons, but it’s just never as good as it is in autumn.
This makes a good side dish, but if you prefer to serve it as your main dish, add some grilled chicken. Note that you can combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss them with the vinaigrette – I just prefer not to, because the pear can get mushy if you do. Assembled separately, the pear stays nice and crisp.
What you need:
- Spiced Pomegranate Vinaigrette:
- 1/3 c. olive oil
- 1/3 c. pomegranate juice
- 1 T. sugar
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1 t. ginger
- 1/8 t. kosher salt
- Harvest Pear Salad:
- 6 oz. mixed greens
- 2 ripe pears, thinly sliced
- 1/3 c. dried cranberries
- 1/3 c. walnuts, preferably toasted
- 1/3 c. crumbled blue cheese
- cutting board and knife
- measuring cups and spoons
- salad dressing cruet
Time: 10 minutes.
Multiplying the recipe: Yes! You probably won’t need to double the vinaigrette, as it makes a good amount.
Harvest Pear Salad with Spiced Pomegranate Vinaigrette:
In a cruet, mix the dressing ingredients. Shake or stir well.
On plates, arrange greens and top with remaining salad ingredients. Drizzle with vinaigrette.