This Pomegranate and Pear Salad includes goat or feta cheese, pears, nuts, and pomegranates over a bed of fresh spinach, drizzled with a homemade dressing. It only takes 15 minutes and is sure to impress any guest!

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Pear and Pomegranate Salad in a large white serving bowl, ready to serve.

Why I love this recipe:

  • Festive – This pear salad is perfectly festive and beautiful during the holidays with the bright red pomegranate seeds and the green pears. I love to serve it for Christmas dinner or any holiday party!
  • Delicious – The combination of the flavors in this salad are flavorful and absolutely delicious. The dressing is easy and absolutely worth the 2 minutes!
  • Quick – Just 15 minutes to whip this simple salad together. It just has a few ingredients, but it wows my guests every single time.

How to make Pear and Pomegranate Salad:

Combine Ingredients: Place spinach in the bowl and top with the pears, pomegranate seeds, feta, and chopped almonds.

A brown serving bowl with spinach, pomegranate, sliced pears, feta cheese, and slivered almonds to make a salad.

Make Salad Dressing: Whisk together apple cider vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, honey, and salt and pepper.

A homemade salad dressing in a wooden bowl made of apple cider vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, honey, and salt and pepper.

Serve: Drizzle dressing over pear pomegranate salad and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

A close-up image of easy Pear and Pomegranate Salad, ready to eat.

Make Ahead Instructions:

To Make Ahead: The salad dressing can be made and kept in the fridge a couple days in advance. Just take it out 15 minutes before you use it and whisk it up. Pour on the spinach pomegranate salad when you are ready to serve.

Recipe Variations:

  • Cheese – Feel free to use feta, gorgonzola, or goat cheese.
  • Nuts – Swap out the almonds for pistachios, walnuts, pecans, or your favorite nut!
  • Protein – Make it a complete meal and add chicken, tofu, or steak!
  • Pomegranate Apple Salad – Substitute the pears for sliced apples.

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Recipe

A Pear and Pomegranate Salad in a big white serving bowl, ready to enjoy.
Prep 15 mins
Total 15 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 8 cups baby spinach leaves , or mixed greens or arugula
  • 2 large ripe pears , cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 ounces crumbled goat, feta, or gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, walnuts or pistachios

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (or champagne vinegar)
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons honey
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl. 
  • Make the dressing by whisking all ingredients together. 
  • Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Notes

Make Ahead Instructions: The salad dressing can be made and kept in the fridge a couple days in advance. Just take it out 15 minutes before you use it and whisk it well. 
Protein – Make it a complete meal and add chicken, tofu, or shrimp!
Pomegranate Apple Salad – Substitute the pears for sliced apples.

Nutrition

Calories: 226kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 151mgPotassium: 415mgFiber: 5gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 3813IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 120mgIron: 2mg

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I originally shared this recipe December 2014. Updated November 2022.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this as a Thanksgiving side but it has earned a permanent spot in my family’s dinner rotation. So many delicious flavors and textures that this salad is both delicious and fun to eat.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this salad for a Thanksgiving side. It was light and delicious! It was super easy to make and it was so pretty with colors of red, white and green. It was definitely a win!

  3. 5 stars
    Such a simple but delicious salad! The sweetness from the pears and the tartness of the dressing paired so well. Will definitely make again and again.

  4. 5 stars
    Had this salad at a party. I not only loved the taste but it is a beautiful salad. Easy to make and delicious. I used pecans because that is what I had on hand. Family enjoyed it.