Pomegranate, Pear and Pecan Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
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Pomegranate, Pear and Pecan Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Pomegranate, Pear and Pecan Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is a vibrant and delicious winter salad, perfect for serving during the holidays and special occasions.
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Adapted from Country Living

Ingredients

  • 8 cups baby romaine lettuce or your favourite blend
  • 1/2 small red onion sliced thinly
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 2 ripe pears sliced
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes
  • 3/4 cup spiced pecans
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup exra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsp brown Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • ground pepper to taste
  • Spiced Pecans:
  • 1-1/2 cup pecans
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne

Instructions

  • For the Spiced Pecans:
  • With a rack in the middle of your oven, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Toss the pecans with the maple syrup, olive oil, cinnamon, salt and cayenne. stir until the pecans are well coated with the syrupy spice mixture.
  • Spread pecans onto the baking sheet in one even layer.
  • Bake in oven for 8 min, then stir and bake for approximately 7 to 8 minutes more. Remove from the oven and let cool on sheet.
  • For the Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • Combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, freshly squeezed orange juice, brown sugar, salt and pepper in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let the vinaigrette cool to room temperature.
  • For the Salad:
  • Wash the salad greens and fruit. Dry thoroughly.
  • Place the salad greens in a large salad bowl.
  • Top with sliced onions, grapes, pomegranate seeds, sliced pears and pecans. Add crumbled goat cheese and serve vinaigrette on the side.
  • If you wish to serve the salad already dressed, toss the salad greens with some of the toppings, and then top the salad bowl with the rest. Crumble goat cheese on top of the salad only after tossing it.