Spinach Pear Pomegranate Salad

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I’d like to claim it was inspiration.  Or the product of a finely tuned palate.  Alas, this Spinach Pear Pomegranate Salad was the result of things left over in my refrigerator. But isn’t that what seasonal eating is all about?   

Spinach Pear Pomegranate Salad

Spinach Pear Pomegranate Salad

Of course everyone knows that “leftovers” can be the makings of fine eating (does your family fight over them at Thanksgiving like mine?).  

I have a “salad saying” that I use to check if I have the right blend of ingredients–“sweet, savory, creamy, crunchy.”  Put those together and you have a salad that sings. Here, blue cheese handles creamy, nuts take care of crunchy, the fruit brings in sweet and red onion adds savory.  Done.  And done.  

Serving Spinach Pear Pomegranate Salad

Serving Spinach Pear Pomegranate Salad

I like that the green and red tones in this Spinach Pear Pomegranate Salad feel like the transition into fall (and would work well for Christmas too). I took special care to cut up a red (Starkrimson) pear and hunt up some green tinged pistachios! 

The pomegranate—my first of the season, was from my buying club box.  It is organic and I knocked out seeds myself, with my handy dandy pomegranate de-seeder. 

Deseeding pomegranate for a Spinach Pear Pomegranate Salad

Deseeding pomegranate for a Spinach Pear Pomegranate Salad

Fall is passing quickly and the harvest is winding down. We are down to bi-weekly CSA boxes, full of long keepers like squash and potatoes. Then there are the spinach and pears, fleeting elements to be relished while they last.  I included them both with reverence and relief.

I’m not ready for winter.  But I will be. 

Spinach Pear Pomegranate Salad Closeup

Spinach Pear Pomegranate Salad Closeup

Spinach Pear Pomegranate Salad
Serves 4
With sweet pears and pomegranate, creamy blue cheese and crunchy pistachios topping spinach, this Spinach Pear Pomegranate Salad will be a fall favorite.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
322 calories
17 g
8 g
26 g
8 g
5 g
147 g
331 g
8 g
0 g
20 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
147g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 322
Calories from Fat 229
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
41%
Saturated Fat 5g
25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 331mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 4g
18%
Sugars 8g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
56%
Vitamin C
19%
Calcium
12%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Salad Ingredients
  1. 4 ounces fresh baby spinach
  2. 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles
  3. ½ small red onion, sliced very thin
  4. ¼ cup pistachios, toasted if you have time
  5. Seeds from ½ pomegranate (about 1/3 cup)
  6. One large pear, unpeeled and cut into 12 slices
Balsamic Dressing
  1. ¼ cup olive oil
  2. 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  3. ¼ teaspoon salt
  4. ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  5. ¼ teaspoon oregano
Instructions
  1. Blend dressing ingredients together in a shaker or whisk in a bowl until emulsified
  2. Divide spinach between 4 salad plates. Top with remaining ingredients except pear slices. Arrange three pear slices in one corner of each plate.
  3. Allow guests to dress salad to taste.
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calories
322
fat
26g
protein
8g
carbs
17g
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12 Comments

  1. Beautiful seasonal salad Inger, did not know there was such a thing as a pomegrante seeder, good to know. Great dressing!

  2. what lovely colors, flavors, and textures! this is one salad that has everything. 🙂

  3. Beautiful salad Inger, I love the idea of fruits in salad…
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

  4. This looks marvelous, Inger. Often our best dishes come from leftovers in the fridge. In fact, many my mother made that way have made it into my regular repertoire! Wonder if my kids will do the same with some of mine?

    • I had to laugh Barbara. I just bought my oldest a 5 ingredient cookbook in the hope that she would try cooking at all. More hope for the younger two!

  5. A beautiful salad, Inger! And perfect timing, as our neighbor just gave us seven beautiful pomegranates from her tree! (I wish she had a pear tree, too!)

  6. Looks yummy and beautiful. Just like healthy food should. I can’t wait to try it!

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