Winter Jewel Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

by Mary on March 19, 2012

finished plate of salad with pear slices, pomegranate seeds, mache and baby spinach

I like to arrange pear or apple slices in a star shape atop a salad

Walnuts, dried cranberries and dates, and fresh pear and pomegranate stud this pretty red and green salad. With all the fruit and nuts atop its bed of maché and baby spinach it almost qualifies as dessert. The dates make a soft, sweet counterpoint to the crunchy, tart pomegranate arils. This recipe is a riff on Katherine Martinelli’s fruit, nut, and goat cheese salad.

Lately I’ve discovered the soft, mild green maché which mixes well into any salad. Trader Joe’s sells it bagged, which makes it affordable and convenient enough that I sense a maché salad jag coming on. Use whatever greens you have handy: for my salad I mixed maché with baby spinach. Dress it with pomegranate vinaigrette made with fresh pomegranate arils.

This recipe has a lot of ‘topping’ for the amount of greens and is quite filling. If you prefer a lighter hand with the dried fruits and nuts, go ahead, it’s up to you.

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Winter Jewel Salad with Pear, Pomegranate, Date, Cranberry, and Walnut
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Not quite a full dinner, but the variety of fruits in this salad make it a filling one. The red pomegranate and cranberries are beautiful against the dark greens.
Recipe type: salad
Serves: 5
  • 1 recipe pomegranate vinaigrette (see my previous post)
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 8 oz greens such as maché, baby spinach
  • ¾ to 1 cup Medjool dates chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped in large pieces
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 pears, cored, sliced into thin wedges
  1. Prepare pomegranate vinaigrette. See previous post for ingredients and directions.
  2. You'll need one jumbo or two average pomegranates to make both the dressing and the salad.
  3. Cut the pomegranate(s) partway open, rip apart, and remove arils.
  4. Chop the dates. They will stick together a little, but you can pull them apart when it's time to dress the salad.
  5. Chop walnuts into large pieces.
  6. Wash and dry greens, shred if needed, place into large bowl.
  7. Add pomegranate dressing, toss.
  8. Serve dressed greens onto large dinner plates.
  9. Sprinkle each salad with dates, walnuts, cranberries, pomegranate seeds.
  10. Core pears and cut into thin wedges.
  11. Arrange pears in a star on top of each salad.
  12. Prep time does not include dressing, which takes an additional 15 minutes.


salad with pear slices, walnuts, pomegranates, dried cranberries and greens on a plate

Winter Jewel Salad with pear, pomegranate, date, cranberry and walnut on mache and spinach

If you try this salad, let me know how you like it in the comments below. I love hearing from my readers!

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Ivy March 20, 2012 at 5:41 am

Thank you Mary for visiting my blog and it’s a please to discover yours. I love this salad and have made a similar one using pomoegranate. Pomegranate is a lovely addition to vinaigrettes. Thanks for pinning my chocolates on Pinterest. Please let me know what you think about them when you make them. Coconut butter would be a great addition.
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mary March 20, 2012 at 6:38 am

I can see we both love pomegranate, I will definitely comment about your pomegranate chocolates when I try them!


ohkeeka [The Type A Housewife] March 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I love pomegranate arils in salads. They’re a lot of work to extract, but so worth it–they have the ability to perk up just about anything! This salad looks beautiful!


mary March 22, 2012 at 6:05 am

Thanks, Ohkeeka! I love pomegranate arils in salads, too, so does my son, he’ll eat the whole salad if I sprinkle pomegranate seeds on it.


Susan S. Bradley March 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm

What a lovely salad! This would be a wonderful light dinner with a seeded baguette alongside. I was just looking at the packages of pomegranate seeds at Trader Joes and wondering what to do with them. Next time I’ll buy them. 🙂
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mary March 22, 2012 at 6:08 am

Thanks, Susan! I agree that you wouldn’t need much to make this a dinner. A seeded baguette would make a nice accompaniment. You could also add a little cheese or something else with protein to the salad.


Barhi April 12, 2012 at 9:12 am

I prefer the lighter hand, the one with the dried fruits and nuts.I tried the salad, my family loved it especially because of the chopped Medjool dates.I enjoyed preparing the Winter Jewel Salad .


Mary January 19, 2018 at 2:40 am

I’m glad you enjoyed it Barhi. Thanks for weighing in.


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