This here is what salad dreams are made of- sweet pears, tangy feta, crunchy pomegranates and mellow walnuts.
You guys, this is my favorite salad ever. Like, ever ever. It's beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. It's also the easiest salad to throw together, which makes an already awesome salad even more amazing because sometimes all I really want to do is just eat. I have made this salad at least six times in the past two months and could probably eat it every night for at least a week straight before wandering on to something new.
I made a similar version last week for Thanksgiving and it received rave reviews. Minor changes, like a different salad dressing and sliced almonds instead of walnuts did, however, leave me wishing I had stuck with the original ingredients. Thankfully, no one seemed to notice.
I have also prepared this salad for a small birthday get-together and the bowl was practically licked clean. I was not surprised, although, it did teach me a very important lesson...always make extra.
Thanksgiving may have just passed, but today marks the countdown to Christmas, and I already know this will be a welcome addition to the holiday menu.
Let the countdown begin!
Spinach, Pear and Feta Salad with Walnuts and Pomegranate Arils
Total Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves 6-8 (as a side)
10 oz fresh spinach
2 ripe, yet firm, pears, sliced
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/4 cup pomegranate airls
1/2 cup orange juice (optional)
Salad dressing of choice (I served with balsamic vinaigrette)
tip: dip the pear slices in the orange juice to prevent them from browning. This allows you to prepare the entire salad ahead of time and keep it looking fresh. If you will be serving immediately, you can skip the orange juice.
Place the spinach, walnuts, pomegranates and feta in a large salad bowl. If preparing ahead of time, dip each pear slice into a small bowl of orange juice and then add to the salad bowl; otherwise, add the pears with the other ingredients. You can arrange the salad by layers or toss it all together.
Drizzle with salad dressing just before serving.