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Yesterday I jumped in with both feet and came up with three salads I think you’ll really enjoy!

The first up is this festive Pear, Pomegranate & Pecan Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Maple Vinaigrette!

You see, I was somewhere between planning our Family Thanksgiving menu and scheduling an upcoming Holiday Luncheon when I realized a serious void on Lemony Thyme. I’m really slacking in the festive salad category.

That was then, this is now!

Pear, Pomegranate & Pecan Spinach Salad
Jump to Recipe

That beauty shot screams holiday to me! But the truth is, this salad is so quick & easy to make that we don’t have to wait for a special occasion. Make it today!

Pear & Pomegranate

A simple google search delivered the pomegranate pear one-two punch.

This combo has been done many times which told me it was worth recreating. This holiday-worthy salad has a base of baby spinach, topped with sliced pears, sugared pecans, tangy goat cheese and gorgeous pomegranate arils.

I find the easiest way to free the pomegranate seeds is the ‘bowl of water’ method. Envision that the pomegranate is hexagon in shape. Cut a small section off the bottom, then score the fruit at each of the ridges and pull it apart in sections.

Submerging in water does two things. It keeps your hands and cutting board from becoming stained with red juice. But also, as you free the arils from their membrane, they will sink and the membrane will float.

Or you can now buy a container of pomegranate seeds. You choose.

Pear, Pomegranate & Pecan Spinach Salad

I decided to pair these beautiful fruits with spinach, but baby greens would be lovely too. I added goat cheese which nicely balances the sweet pear and sugared pecans.

Pear, Pomegranate & Pecan Spinach Salad
Maple Pomegranate Vinaigrette

But what really ties this Pear Pomegranate & Pecan Spinach Salad up with a bow is the Pomegranate Maple Vinaigrette.

If you’ve ever made Muhammara Dip before you likely have Pomegranate Molasses on hand. But no worries it’s now widely available and brings big flavor to this salad dressing.

Pear, Pomegranate & Pecan Spinach Salad

If you need to sign up for a dish to bring to that holiday pot luck…make this salad. I promise it will be a hit!

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All my best,
xo Libby

Pear, Pomegranate & Pecan Spinach Salad

Pear Pomegranate & Pecan Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Maple Vinaigrette

Libby with Lemony Thyme
This festive Pear Pomegranate & Pecan Spinach Salad with a Pomegranate Maple Vinaigrette is holiday menu worthy! And it's quick and easy to prepare.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

For the Pomegranate Maple Vinaigrette

  • 3 Tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the Salad

  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 2 pears thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup sugared pecans
  • 1 cup goat cheese crumbles

Instructions
 

For the Pomegranate Maple Vinaigrette

  • Combine all vinaigrette ingredients in a glass jar with lid. Shake well to combine. Store any unused portion in refrigerator for up to a week.

For the Salad

  • Arrange spinach on a serving platter. Add sliced pears, sugared pecans, pomegranate seeds and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle with Pomegranate Maple Vinaigrette.