Pomegranate, Pear & Avocado Salad

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Pomegranate Pear Avocado Salad -- fresh, flavorful, and simply delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

I made you a very merry salad!

Well, actually I made it to share at a Christmas party a few weeks ago with some leftover ingredients from my favorite 5-Ingredient Pomegranate Pear Salad that I have been making non-stop this season.  And then it was so simple, so fresh, and so flavorful that I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos before taking it to the party to share it with you.

Ok, and let’s be honest, I may have been unreasonably excited about the fact that it was red and green.  Because if you can’t tell from this sangria, these caprese cups, and this baked brie, I may have a thing for color.  ;)

Pomegranate Pear Avocado Salad -- fresh, flavorful, and simply delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

The good news is that all of the beautiful reds and greens which make up this salad actually pair together perfectly in this delicious winter salad!  It’s a great way to make use of those seasonal sweet pomegranate seeds and juicy pears.  And when you toss in some avocado, pistachios, goat cheese (or blue or feta), and then drizzle it with a citrus vinaigrette?

Well, let’s say it’s not just pretty to look at.  :)

Pomegranate Pear Avocado Salad -- fresh, flavorful, and simply delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

It also happens to be naturally gluten-free.  And once you get that pomegranate opened and seeded (I have a great tutorial for how to do that here), the salad comes together in minutes.  Perfect for a busy holiday season, or any time of year that you feel like a sweet, citrusy, comforting green salad.

Enjoy!

Pomegranate Pear Avocado Salad -- fresh, flavorful, and simply delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

Pomegranate, Pear and Avocado Salad

This pomegranate, pear and avocado salad is full of delicious fresh flavors. And it's perfect for the holidays!

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, washed and roughly-chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ripe pear, cored and diced
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2/3 cup shelled pistachios
  • 2/3 cup crumbled goat cheese (or blue cheese, or feta cheese)
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion (about half of a small red onion)
  • seeds from 1 pomegranate (here is a tutorial for how to open and de-seed a pomegranate)
  • citrus vinaigrette (see below)

Citrus Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup orange juice (freshly-squeezed, if possible)
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon honey, if needed to sweeten
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Directions:

To Make The Salad:

Add all ingredients together in a large bowl and drizzle on the dressing.  Toss until combined.  Serve immediately.

(*Tip: To prevent the diced avocado from browning while sitting out, toss it beforehand in a few tablespoons of lime or lemon juice.)

To Make The Vinaigrette:

Whisk all ingredients together for 30 seconds until combined.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Pomegranate Pear Avocado Salad -- fresh, flavorful, and simply delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — December 22, 2014 @ 6:19 am (#)

    I have such avocado envy it’s not even funny!!! The ones we are finding right not are pitiful. I think I better come visit you and eat yours with you in this salad. :) xoxo Merry Christmas friend!! 

  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — December 22, 2014 @ 6:29 am (#)

    I’m pretty sure that using pomegranates in any recipe is a sure fire way to make the PRETTIEST THING ever! And these salad is just that!  Perfect to eat after my major cookie ingestion this week ;) Pinned!

  3. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables — December 22, 2014 @ 6:56 am (#)

    This is such a festive salad! :) But more importantly, it sounds delicious. I made a pistacho + pomegranate wild rice for thanksgiving and since then I’ve been craving the combo! This sounds perfect!

  4. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek — December 22, 2014 @ 8:21 am (#)

    Wow! Gorgeous salad. I’m sure my whole family will love this one.

  5. elizabeth — December 22, 2014 @ 8:28 am (#)

    absolutely beautiful! cannot wait to try this! as always, you have the most gorgeous (and delish) posts! merry christmas to you and your family!!

  6. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. — December 22, 2014 @ 10:11 am (#)

    This salad looks absolutely amazing!  I love all the colour, it’s so pretty.  And I’m sure it tastes incredible too!  Pinned!

  7. Sarah (@ People, Places & Plates) — December 22, 2014 @ 1:01 pm (#)

    I’ve been looking for a good green salad recipe for holiday meals, but everything seems so summery- this is perfect!

  8. Stephanie @ Velez Delights — December 22, 2014 @ 3:14 pm (#)

    Wow, looks delicious! Happy Holidays & Merry *early* Christmas!

  9. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 22, 2014 @ 3:34 pm (#)

    So pretty, the perfect holiday salad!

  10. Robyn @realfoodwholelife — December 22, 2014 @ 4:21 pm (#)

    What a vibrant salad. I think this one will be on our Christmas table this year. Yum!

  11. ilene — December 22, 2014 @ 9:37 pm (#)

    Looks so delish!  There is no pear listed in ingredients. Should I use any particular kind of pear?

  12. Jen Ross RD — December 22, 2014 @ 9:57 pm (#)

    This looks delicious! I always think of using craisins with goat cheese in a salad but pomegranate seeds sound way tastier (and are probably healthier, too)!

  13. Amanda — December 22, 2014 @ 11:06 pm (#)

    This salad is gorgeous!!!

  14. Sune Moolman — December 23, 2014 @ 1:20 am (#)

    This is gorgeous! I’ll have this morning, noon and night!

  15. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — December 23, 2014 @ 9:16 am (#)

    So colorful and so many amazing textures mixed together in this salad!  I’m loving the orange juice and vinegar combo too!

  16. A Young Wife — December 23, 2014 @ 10:34 am (#)

    What a beautiful salad. It would be perfect to take to a get together or just have for home. Love all these flavors!

  17. Amber @ Homemade Nutrition — December 23, 2014 @ 3:47 pm (#)

    Beautiful Salad! I only recently started eating pomegranate and am now completely obsessed with it! This will be on my list of things to try very soon!

  18. Joyce — December 28, 2014 @ 11:26 pm (#)

    I made this salad 3 times in the past 4 days, for the multiple Christmas eating fests! It was a hit each time and the last time I even added strawberries. Great recipe!

  19. Thalia @ butter and brioche — January 4, 2015 @ 11:20 pm (#)

    I am just loving all the delicious ingredients and vibrant colours of this salad. SO healthy and perfect to start 2015 off with!