beautifully prepared pear salad with pomegranates

Pear Salad with Pomegranates

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Get ready for a new favorite pear salad. I combined pears, pomegranate, red onions, and non-dairy cheese for a decadent pear salad recipe.

A crisp, crunchy, pear salad that highlights all the best flavors of the seasons has arrived. I love a good pear, yet realize that the ones I buy in the spring just don’t compare to what’s fresh and in season right now. This pear salad recipe has it all, and then some. Toss it all together for a beautiful statement dish on the table, or lay out all the toppings for an epic salad bar, where everyone can customize.

pears and pomegranates are featured in this pear salad recipe

Pear salad ingredients

Creating a pear salad recipe using fall fresh ingredients isn’t hard. With so many fresh flavors to choose from this season, I wanted to highlight a few ingredients not in the squash family, yet equally as fresh + delicious:

  • Coconut oil– provides healthy fat and a lovely finish to this salad when mixed in.
  • Pears– contain a lot of soluble fiber (6 grams per pear!), which aids in the digestion of this pear salad.
  • Walnutsloaded with antioxidants, antibacterial, and antitumor elements, this nut is a must have for keeping the brain + body healthy for a long time.
  • Miyoko’s vegan cheese– the main ingredient is cashews, which provide healthy fat and protein.
  • Red onion– provides a kick of flavor, as well as antioxidants.
  • Pomegranate seeds– a superfood fruit that brings a crisp, crunchy taste, along with lots of fiber + antioxidants.

With this rawkstar list of ingredients, how can you not try this salad?!

poached pears ready to be dressed

Ingredient swap guide

Depending on where you live, some of these ingredients might not be so fresh when you make this salad. No problem! Swap pomegranates with another antioxidant rich berry (blueberries or raspberries would be delish!). Apples make great swaps for pears. I prefer honey crisp apples in my salads, as they’re bursting with sweet flavor. Trade Walnuts for pecans, or a seed of your choice– lightly toasted pumpkin seeds work too. Shallots can be replaced with a white or yellow onion, along with an extra pinch of garlic powder.

a star-studded ingredient list including pomegranates, vegan cheese, walnuts, white wine vinegar, and red onions make a fresh dish

Pear guide

Though the grocery store usually only has 1 variety of pear at a time, there are actually several varieties from which to choose. Here are a few I think work well in this pear salad:

  • Bosc– this variety is typically brown colored, and very crisp. It is firm and great for eating raw.
  • Bartlett– often yellow or red, this pear variety is super sweet.
  • Anjous– these green pears are most common in stores right now. Though they are typically hard and bright green at the grocery, just set them on the counter for a few days and watch them lighten in color and soften to a super sweet, juicy treat.
miyoko's vegan cheese is an incredibly light, delicious topping for many different vegetarian meals

A note on vegan cheese

When creating this pear salad recipe, I felt it needed another texture to tie all the ingredients together. I went with Miyokos vegan cheese for several reasons. First, it is made from plant based ingredients that are pronounceable. Second, it has the texture and flavor I look for in a dairy product, however, it is 100% dairy free. Dairy doesn’t sit well with my gut, so this is a great alternative. Third, Miyoko’s has a wide variety of options in their cheese pinwheel family, so I can pick one that suites my palate and my plate. If this isn’t your style, then feel free to omit it from this pear salad.

building the base of this fall fresh meal with fruit and mixed greens

The perfect pear salad dressing

Even the salad dressing has a pear in it, I love them so much! Honestly though, I added a pear to this dressing to up the cream factor. Make sure to cream the dressing well when blending. I don’t want you left with any grittiness or chunks! This dressing can be used in many different fall salads, so don’t be afraid to make a big batch and take it to the next family gathering; you’ll get lots of requests for the recipe!

vegan pear salad recipe with walnuts

More pear recipes

Usually my box of pears from Costco all ripen at the same time, so I need to use them rather quickly! Here are some other great recipes that use pears, in case you run into this problem as well:

Brain food green smoothie

Glowing green smoothie (inspired by Reese Witherspoon!)

Butternut pear green smoothie

Fall salad with candied pecans

You can also swap in pears for recipes using apples, as they have a similar texture.

share this colorful pear salad with a friend or family!

Which ingredient in this pear salad recipe are you most excited about? Leave a comment and let me know if you’re adding this salad to your menu!

a colorful pear salad recipe topped with a sweet, light dressing.
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beautifully prepared pear salad with pomegranates

Pear Salad with Pomegranates

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Bring the wow factor to your next dinner with this lovely, crisp pear salad. From the fresh made dressing to the fall ingredients, this salad is sure to delight a variety of palates. 


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Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1 ripe pear, peeled, cored, and cut in half
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Salad

  • 2 tsp coconut oil, divided
  • 2 ripe pears, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 bag spring mix lettuce
  • 1/3 cup crumbled Miyoko’s vegan cheese
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place the pear halves on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Place the pan in the oven and roast the pear for 10 to 15 minutes or until soft. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tsp coconut oil and maple syrup. Cook at 350° for 3-5 minutes, until lighlty toasted. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature.
  4. To make the vinaigrette, place the roasted pear, remaining 1/3 cup olive oil, orange juice, vinegar, garlic, shallot, maple syrup, salt, and pepper in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  5. To assemble the salad, place the lettuce in a large bowl. Top with the sliced pears, candied walnuts, vegan cheese, red onion, and pomegranate arils.
  6. Drizzle with roasted pear vinaigrette and toss. Serve immediately.

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  1. Jessica says:

    It’s like you took all my favorite fall things and put them in a salad! And I can’t wait to try Miyoko’s cheese, I’ve heard good things about it. 🙂

  2. Kat says:

    Dressing looks so good!! Can’t wait to try!

  3. Kim says:

    I love pears in this salad. It’s the perfect combo with the pomegranates!

  4. Erin says:

    I love the idea of a dressing with a pear in it! Can hear the crunch of the pomegranates from here; seriously delicious combination.

  5. Jupiter says:

    Just made this vinaigrette and it is CRAZY yum. Got out a spoon to scoop it into my mouth! The kitty was watching but promised not to tell….. For the record I left the peel on (too lazy to remove) and it came out just fine. Used my immersion blender. Oh my – may just drink it for dinner instead of putting it on the salad <3
    Thank you so much!

  6. Debby says:

    cannot wait to try this salad this weekend, yum

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