Pomegranate Pear & Pecan Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

 Fresh spinach salad topped with pomegranate seeds, crisp pears, crunchy pecans, feta cheese, and creamy poppyseed dressing. 

Pomegranate Pear & Pecan Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Heads up: I’ve teamed up with Diamond of California Nuts to bring you this amazing salad recipe because I personally love the brand and their products! 

Isn’t pomegranate the official fruit of winter? Do seasons have official fruit mascots? Because each of the United States has an official state bird and (I recently learned…) a state bug. If there is an official state bug, there should definitely be an official fruit for each season. Here’s my opinion for seasonal fruits:

Spring: The Strawberry. (And other assorted berries…)

Summer: The Orange. (And similar citrus fruits…)

Fall: The Apple. (And possibly the cherry…)

Winter: The Pomegranate. (Preferable to accompany the pear.)

Agreed? Excellent. The official seasonal fruits have been established.

Pomegranate Pear & Pecan Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

This salad screams CHRISTMAS to me. The deep red pomegranate seeds, plus two shades of green in the spinach and pears, and a little dash of white from the feta cheese. It’s definitely a Christmas salad. That being said, if I can get my hands on a pomegranate in June, you better believe I wouldn’t pass up this salad.

Pomegranate Pear & Pecan Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

You could pair a fruity or balsamic vinaigrette with this salad, but my ultimate favorite is this creamy poppyseed salad dressing. It goes so well with the pomegranate, pears, pecans, and feta. And the great thing about a salad like this is that you could easily turn it into  light n’ hearty main dish by throwing some grilled chicken on top. Mmmmm. Now I’m craving the salad!!!

Pomegranate Pear & Pecan Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

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Pomegranate Pear & Pecan Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
 
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Fresh spinach salad topped with pomegranate seeds, crisp pears, crunchy pecans, feta cheese, and creamy poppyseed dressing.
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Recipe type: Side Dish / Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1-2 pears, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup pecans, whole or roughly chopped (such as Diamond of California Pecan Halves)
dressing
  • ⅔ cup mayo (see notes)
  • ½ cup Half & Half (I used fat free) or other milk (any percentage of milk will work- the higher the percentage, the creamier your dressing will be)
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 teaspoons poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Blend all salad ingredients together (except for poppy seeds) until smooth. Stir in poppy seeds. Cover and chill until ready to use.
  2. In a large bowl toss spinach leaves, sliced pears, pomegranate seeds, feta cheese, and pecans. Serve with poppyseed dressing.
  3. *If preparing ahead of time, toss together all salad ingredients except for pears. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Add pears just before serving.
Notes
*This recipe for salad dressing makes quite a bit dressing. You can half the recipe, or save the leftovers for using later (that's what I do!)
**You can sub plain greek yogurt for the mayo. This will create a different flavor but it will be healthier. I suggest trying ⅓ cup mayo, ⅓ cup plain greek yogurt before you dive into full greek yogurt. 🙂

 

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I love your official seasonal fruits. Can we add pear to the fall list too? This salad feels like it balances the line between fall and winter, which is perfect for the weather we’re having over here. That poppyseed dressing sounds AMAZING – I want to put it on all of my salads.

    Request: APPROVED. Pear shall henceforth be our transitional fall-to-winter fruit. Genius!!

This salad not only looks beautiful, it sounds delicious as well! What an awesome salad recipe…thanks for sharing!

This is such a perfect mix of textures and flavors and the poppy seed dressing ties it all together!

Love the colors and ingredients of this salad. We’ve been munching on pomegranates like no tomorrow, because I found a local place I can buy them for less than a buck each 🙂 I miss those days back in So. Cal. when poms just grew on bushes on any old sidewalk. Poppyseed dressing is a staple for us, and your recipe for it looks great.

Pecans go so well in salads! This salad is (almost) too pretty to eat! 🙂

Your pictures are incredible!! I just spent a litttle too much time stalking your recipes 😉 I’ve actually been looking for a poppyseed dressing recipe, as mine is almost out! Super excited to try this one!

My new favorite salad! I did add Granny Smith apples and my husband accidentally bought glazed pecans instead of regular but I wouldn’t change a thing. It was Aaaahhhmazing! The poppyseed dressing was super simple and utterly delicious!! Thank you!!

OMG! I seriously think I ate 3 or 4 servings of this by myself. I didn’t even care about my main course. I just couldn’t stop eating this. This salad is guest-worthy. I’m inviting friends over and impressing them with this one. And hopefully I won’t eat over half of the salad meant to serve a crowd so there will be enough to go around! 🙂 You are amazing and brilliant!

It is a great idea for the salad and everybody loved it when I made, with some proportion modifications.
Don’t want to sound critical, but something might be off to me with proportions.
Spinach – 6 cups – seems too much, perhaps you measure it differently? Standard sore package 3 cups – is plenty enough for 6 people and maximum that fits in a large salad bowl. So I used 3 cup spinach, doubled up pomegranates and pecans instead (best part of the salad, in my opinion).
Also, 6 tablespoons of sugar? For a salad? I used 2 tablespoons and was still OK, perhaps even a little too sweet to my taste. Next time I will try without sugar at all. I never use sugar in a salad (perhaps a teaspoon of honey at most). I don’t mind a little sour.
Again, a great idea for a salad, I will try to customize it to my taste in the future.

I think I found my new favorite salad dressing!!! I made this tonight and added a cup of raspberries as you suggested in another post. I plan on trying it on your recipe for cranberry sunflower salad. I also made it with 1/3 cup greek yogurt and 1/3 cup light mayo as you mentioned. I think it turned out great!! I get bored with eating salads but this will definitely help me stay on track with eating healthy! Thank you!!!

I made this salad for a garden club meeting today with great success! I used splenda 3 tablespoons instead of sugar to make the dressing sugar-free and it was delicious! Love your recipes, thank you!