Pear Salad is SO addictingly delicious bursting with pears, pomegranate seeds, apples, cucumbers, peppers and creamy feta complimented by salty roasted pistachios and pepitas all doused in Creamy Pomegranate Dressing!
Pear Salad is the perfect showstopping salad for Thanksgiving or just plain delicious for everyday!
This Pear Salad is a healthy Fall inspired salad, packed with flavor and texture in every sweet, crunchy bite. It’s the kind of salad that looks impressive, tastes gourmet but is easy to throw together, making it perfect for all your holiday gatherings.
Ingredients You’ll Need for Pear Salad
For the Salad:
- romaine lettuce
- sweet apple
- red bell pepper
- red onion
- roasted and salted pepitas (may sub. sunflower seeds)
- roasted and salted pistachios
- omegranate arils
- feta cheese
For the Dressing:
- Greek Yogurt with Cherry Pomegranate (I use Fage)*
- Sweet Asian Chili Sauce (found in Asian section)
- pomegranate juice
- apple cider vinegar (add more to taste for “tangier”)
- lemon juice
- Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
Which Type of Pear is Best?
- Anjous pears are firm and mild-flavored with a thicker skin
- Bartletts pears are flavorful and juicy
- Bosc pears are crisp and sweet
For this Pear Salad, I prefer Bartlets or Bosc pears, (I used Bartletts this time), but it really comes down to personal preference.
How Can I tell if My Pear is Ripe?
We want to use a pear that is ripe for maximum sweetness but not overly ripe to the point it is soft and will get mushy. Ripe pears should yield slightly when pressed – much like an avocado or mango. If your pears are ripening quicker than you would like, then place it in the refrigerator to delay the process.
How to Ripen Pears Quicker?
If you find yourself ready to make this Pear Salad in a couple days but your pear is still rock hard, you can speed up the ripening process by placing it in a paper bag with your apple at room temperature. If you happen to have a banana, then throw it in the bag too for even quicker ripening.
How to Keep Pears from Turning Brown
The star of this Pear Salad is the juicy pear slices, so we want to keep them looking beautiful! My favorite way to keep pears and apples from oxidizing and turning brown after slicing is to put them in a bowl of apple juice. This way they don’t become bitter like soaking in lemon juice can do.
If you only have lemon juice on hand, then mix 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons lemon and then toss your pears in the mixture.
Both of these methods will prolong the oxidation process, but you still want to slice your pear and apple as close to serving as possible.
Can I Use Different Nut?
Absolutely! You can swap the pistachios for pecans, walnuts or almonds. You can even use Caramelized Nuts.
Can I Use A Different Cheese?
I love the salty, creamy tang of feta cheese but goat cheese or Gorgonzola would also be fabulous.
Pear Salad Dressing
For this Pear Salad, I wanted to create a a bright, creamy dressing that would compliment the crisp, crunchy textures. I went with a Creamy Pomegranate Dressing and it is heavenly!
The delectable dressing is comprised of Cherry Pomegranate Greek Yogurt (I buy the small single serving for this), pomegranate juice, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and Asian Sweet Chili Sauce (found in the Asian section of your grocery store). The Asian Sweet Chili Sauce is my go ingredient to in every sauce and dressing – it sweet, and tangy with a kick. It doesn’t make the salad spicy but adds a nice flavor punch with its rice vinegar, red chilies, garlic and sugar that perfectly compliments the sweet fruit in this Pomegranate Pear Salad.
Tips for Pear Salad
- Make the Salad Dressing first so it has time to chill and the flavors develop. Not one likes warm salad dressing!
- You can make the dressing sweeter by adding more sugar or tangier by adding more vinegar according to your personal taste.
- Slice the pears and apples just before serving and either place in apple juice or a water/lemon juice bath.
- You can replace the pepitas with sunflower seeds if you can’t find them. I get my pepitas at the bulk section at Sprouts.
- You can purchase a whole pomegranate and seed it yourself or you can buy just pomegranate seeds in a container.
Looking for More Holiday Salad Recipes?
- Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad
- Cranberry Pomegranate Ambrosia Salad
- Cranberry Apple Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
- Butternut Squash Salad
- Winter Fruit Salad
- Tropical Winter Fruit Salad
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