Perfectly Poached Pear Salad with Pomegranates

Dress up your holiday table with this festive and delicious salad! Fresh greens topped with poached pears, candied pecans, dried cranberries and pomegranates in a balsamic vinaigrette make a crowd pleaser combo!.

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Perfectly Poached Pear Salad with Pomegranates

Savory, Tangy, a touch Sweet and unbelievably Delicious!

Every holiday meal deserves a fabulous green salad and this one adds great flavor and flair to the table!

Poached pears, dried cranberries, pomegranates, candied pecans and romaine in an tangy balsamic vinaigrette.

This salad will make an appearance at our Christmas Eve celebration.

It’s savory, tangy, a touch sweet and so delicious! Plus it too is super pretty and festive!

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This salad works equally well served with other dishes or it can hold it’s own as a salad course.

It is not often we enjoy a salad as it’s own course, but on Christmas Even we enjoy the Feast of the Seven Fishes and salad is it’s own course, so this salad stands alone and is a real treat at the end of a great meal.

It’s simple but has a lot of flavors… savory, a little crunch with the pecans, a touch of sweet and tangy with the balsamic vinaigrette.

All you need is lettuce, pomegranates, candied pecans (easy recipe below adapted from Minimalist Baker), poached pears (easy recipe below), dried cranberries and a simple balsamic vinaigrette.

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Hope you love it as much as we do!

Scroll down to see the recipe and leave a comment it you try.


Perfectly Poached Pear Salad
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Dress up you holiday table! Poached pears, dried cranberries, fresh pomegranates, candied pecans and romaine in an tangy balsamic vinaigrette. Festive and Delicious!
Recipe type: Salads, Sides, Holiday
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegan
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 4 Bosc pears, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Optional additions:
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lemon half
  • 2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 split vanilla bean
  • 6-8 fresh ginger slices
  • 7 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon shallot
  • ¾ teaspoon mayo or vegan mayo
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 4½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
CANDIED PECANS (Adapted from Minimalist Baker)
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 4 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 4 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Generous Pinch of sea salt
  • Generous Pinch of cinnamon
5oz container of romaine or mixed greens (could use more lettuce if ok with less toppings)
¼- 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries, pending tastes
¼ - ½ cup Pomegranates, pending tastes
  1. In a large sauce pan, heat 1 quart water & sugar until sugar is dissolved. (Add any of the additional ingredients if you wish.)_
  2. Add pears & cover with a round of parchment paper, w/ a small hole cut in the center.
  3. Keep the liquid at a very low boil, simmer pears until cooked through, 15 to 25 mins.
  4. Remove from heat and let the pears cool in the liquid.
  5. OPTIONAL: After poaching the pears, while the liquid is still warm, add ½ cup dried cranberries and let them plump.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place raw pecans in single layer on parchment-lined baking sheet and toast for 4 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, mix remaining ingredients in a heat proof bowl.
  4. Remove pecans from oven and add to bowl with remaining ingredients. Gently stir to combine and place back on parchment lined baking sheet in single layer.
  5. Place back in oven and bake for another 4-6 minutes or until fragrant and golden brown.
  6. Set aside to cool.
  7. Store extra pecans in an a well sealed container.
  1. In a small bowl whisk all ingredients together. Set Aside.
  1. Mix lettuce with some vinaigrette. Top with pears, pecans, and cranberries then mix more vinaigrette to taste, and garnish with pomegranates.
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