Pear Salad with Pecans

This pear salad recipe is full of contrasts, with gorgonzola, toasted pecans, and a tangy poppy seed dressing. It’s a…

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This pear salad recipe is full of contrasts, with gorgonzola, toasted pecans, and a tangy poppy seed dressing. It’s a showstopper!

Pear salad

Here’s a dreamy salad if there ever was one: this brilliant Pear Salad! It’s a study in contrasts: fresh, juicy pear against funky gorgonzola cheese; bright pomegranate against savory shallot. Throw in some toasted pecans and cover it in tangy poppy seed dressing, and well: it’s absolutely irresistible. Alex and I couldn’t stop mumbling how good it was while stuffing our faces. It’s not often that the salad is the highlight of a meal. Make this one, and it will be at your table, too!

Elements in this pear salad recipe

This pear salad is bursting with beautiful, fresh produce. It’s ideal for fall and winter when pears are in season, though you can make it anytime you have lusciously ripe fruit. It’s also great for festive occasions like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Pears
  • Shallot
  • Pecans
  • Mixed greens
  • Pomegranate seeds: go to How to Cut a Pomegranate for instructions on removing the seeds
  • Gorgonzola cheese, or substitute feta or goat cheese (omit for vegan)
  • Poppy seed dressing
Poppy seed dressing

How to ripen pears

The hardest part about working with pears is that they take quite a while to ripen. It’s somewhat surprising since they look similar to apples, and seem like they’d be good to go when you buy them. Think of them more in terms of bananas when it comes to ripening. Here are some tips on how to ripen pears:

  • The fastest way to ripen pears is to place them in a paper bag. Leave them at room temperature and they should be ripe in 2 to 4 days.
  • In a bowl on the counter, pears ripen in about 4 to 7 days. Check them by gently pressing the flesh to see if it is tender.
  • Don’t place pears in the refrigerator until they are ripe. The refrigerator slows the ripening process. If you place them in the fridge right away, they’ll be rock hard. Allow them to ripen first, then only refrigerate if you want to delay eating them.

Making homemade poppy seed dressing

The star of the show in this pear salad recipe, in our opinion, is the poppy seed dressing! This dressing is a vinaigrette with a searing acidity and pop of sweetness. The combination of white vinegar and sugar is just what this salad needs to take it over the top! Here’s what to know about this dressing:

  • Use a neutral oil like grapeseed. This makes the best emulsion (creamy texture) and flavor. If you like olive oil, use up to half olive oil and half neutral oil.
  • Use white vinegar. Avoid white wine vinegar here and go for white vinegar: it has the best straightforward, tangy flavor.
Pear Salad Recipe

A pear salad with gorgonzola (or feta or goat cheese)

Pears and gorgonzola are a classic flavor pairing, pitting the sweet earthiness of pears against the salty, sharp funk of blue cheese. Blue cheese can be a polarizing food: many eaters can’t handle the sharpness of the cheese. Luckily this pear salad works with any type of cheese! We love it with gorgonzola, but here are some other options if you’re not a fan:

  • Feta cheese
  • Goat cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pecorino Romano cheese
  • Asiago cheese
  • Manchego cheese

Serving pear salad for a crowd

This pear salad can be served a few different ways: on a platter, or plated. Here are some notes on serving it for a crowd:

  • Double the fresh ingredients for a crowd. You should have enough dressing for a double recipe, so just double the fresh ingredients!
  • Serve on a platter for easy sharing. The pear salad looks festive and vibrant on a large platter.
  • Or, serve plated. Make individual plates and drizzle about 1 to 1 ½ tablespoons dressing on each one.
Pear Salad with Gorgonzola

More salad recipes

This pear salad is one of our favorite salad recipes to date! Here are a few more special salads that are tasty enough for weeknights but elegant enough for parties:

This pear salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, omit the gorgonzola cheese (it’s delicious without!).

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Pear salad

Pear Salad with Pecans


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This pear salad recipe is full of contrasts, with gorgonzola, toasted pecans, and a tangy poppy seed dressing. It’s a showstopper!


Ingredients

For the pear salad

  • 1 ripe pear
  • 1 shallot
  • ½ cup pecan pieces
  • 8 cups mixed baby greens
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ⅓ cup gorgonzola cheese crumbles (or feta cheese or goat cheese; omit for vegan)

For the dressing (makes ¾ cup; use 6 to 8 tablespoons for the salad)

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar (or honey)
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup grapeseed oil* (or other neutral oil like organic vegetable or canola)
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, white vinegar, dry mustard, onion flakes, and kosher salt. Gradually whisk in the grapeseed oil about 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy emulsion forms. Whisk in the poppy seeds. Serve immediately or store in a sealed container or jar until serving (allow to come to room temperature if refrigerated).
  2. Prep the fresh ingredients: Slice the pear into thin slices. Thinly slice the shallot. See How to Cut a Pomegranate for instructions on removing pomegranate seeds.
  3. If time, toast the pecans: Place the nuts in a dry skillet (no oil) over medium heat. Heat, shaking the pan and stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the nuts are fragrant and slightly darker brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stay at the stove because the nuts can easily burn! Remove immediately from the heat and transfer to a plate to stop the cooking.
  4. Serve: Place the greens on a plate or platter. Top with the pear slices, shallot, toasted pecans, pomegranate seeds, and gorgonzola cheese crumbles. Drizzle with the desired amount of dressing and serve (use 6 to 8 tablespoons for 4 servings; store the remaining dressing refrigerated).
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Fresh
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pear salad, pear salad recipe

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How to Store Pomegranate Seeds During Peak Season

Although winter means cold temperatures in most parts of the country, desolate green spaces, and mugs of hot chocolate and hot toddies, there is an upside: It’s pomegranate season! When you choose pomegranates in the grocery store, don’t go for the one…

Although winter means cold temperatures in most parts of the country, desolate green spaces, and mugs of hot chocolate and hot toddies, there is an upside: It’s pomegranate season! When you choose pomegranates in the grocery store, don’t go for the one that is an invigorating deep red hue; instead, choose pomegranates that feel heavy for their size. You’ve selected the perfect pomegranate—one that feels slightly soft to the touch and has squared-off sides, two signs that pomegranates are ripe. Now you may be wondering, how do I store and remove the seeds?

How to Store Pomegranate Seeds

Pomegranate arils are perishable, plain and simple. These delicate, ruby red gems start to go bad as soon as you crack open a whole pomegranate and remove the seeds. “An unopened pomegranate can last up to one month at room temperature or up to two months in the refrigerator. If you don’t happen to finish all the juicy arils inside upon opening, don’t fret; the arils can be refrigerated in an airtight container for an additional week, ” said Stacey Anker, director of marketing for POM Wonderful.

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Thanksgiving Pomegranate Punch

This pomegranate Thanksgiving punch is vibrant and tastes irresistibly light and fruity! Pomegranate juice and citrus make magic. This post…

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This pomegranate Thanksgiving punch is vibrant and tastes irresistibly light and fruity! Pomegranate juice and citrus make magic.

Thanksgiving Punch

This post was created in partnership with POM Wonderful. All opinions are our own.

Here’s a punch recipe that caught us by surprise…because it’s even more delicious than it looks. Try this Thanksgiving Pomegranate Punch! This ruby red punch stars POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice and fresh citrus with a hint of maple syrup. It’s our favorite pomegranate juice to use in drinks and cocktails. Take one sip and it’s light, fruity, bubbly, and sweet tart: a true burst of refreshing flavors! Spike it or drink it non-alcoholic: either way, you won’t be able to stop sipping it (we couldn’t!).

Thanksgiving Punch

Ingredients for Thanksgiving punch

This Thanksgiving pomegranate punch is all about flavor and color! For entertaining recipes, you’ll want a stunning look and flavor: and this recipe delivers both. That eye-popping color of the POM Juice is beautiful and adds a big burst of sweet tart flavor. Even better, this recipe has no refined sugar. It’s a great alternative to punch recipes that call for sodas or added sweeteners! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Soda water or club soda
  • Maple syrup
  • Bourbon, brandy or white rum (optional; see more below!)

Using pomegranate juice in cocktails

Pomegranate juice is ideal for cocktails because of its sweet tart flavor and antioxidant goodness. The best on the market, in our opinion, is POM Wonderful! Here’s why we love it:

  • It’s 100% juice. Each 16-ounce bottle of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice contains the juice of four whole-pressed pomegranates and nothing else – no added sugar, fillers or preservatives.
  • The flavor is ideal for elevating cocktails. A little sweet and a little tart, it adds a unique burst of flavor to any drink recipe.
  • It adds antioxidants. Cocktails with POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice harness the antioxidant power of pomegranates.
Thanksgiving punch

Pick bourbon, brandy, or rum

Another great thing about this Thanksgiving pomegranate punch? You can make it with various types of liquor, and it tastes different with each. Here are our favorites, in order of preference:

  • Brandy: The fruity flavor of brandy is true perfection with the sweet tart pomegranate juice! This was Alex’s idea and while I doubted it at first, it was the clear winner. It complements the lightness of the fruit flavors perfectly!
  • Bourbon: Bourbon adds a cozier, warmer vibe and it’s more alcohol-forward. This one is ideal for bourbon lovers.
  • Rum: We can’t resist a good rum punch! White rum melds into the flavors and highlights the lighter characteristics of the pomegranate punch.

Make it spiked or non alcoholic!

This Thanksgiving pomegranate punch works spiked or non-alcoholic. It’s also customizable for both if you have people spike the drink after they ladle it out of the bowl. This offers the most flexibility, especially when serving kids and adults avoiding alcohol. You can essentially serve both an alcoholic and non-alcoholic punch at the same time!

  • Add the liquor right to the punch bowl. If everyone’s drinking, this is the way to go.
  • Or, spike the drink after ladling it out! The most versatile way to make Thanksgiving punch is to spike the drink after you ladle it out of the punch bowl. The best ratio is 1 ounces liquor to 6 ounces (¾ cup) punch.
  • Or, make it as a non-alcoholic punch! It’s just as good (really). In fact, we almost prefer it non-alcoholic: it’s so fruity and light.
Thanksgiving Punch

More pomegranate cocktails

There are so many ways to use POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice in cocktails! Here are a few more pomegranate drinks we love:

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Thanksgiving Punch

Thanksgiving Pomegranate Punch


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This pomegranate Thanksgiving punch is vibrant and tastes irresistibly light and fruity! Pomegranate juice and citrus make magic.


Ingredients

  • 48 ounces POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice (6 cups)
  • 2 large lemons, squeezed into juice (½ cup)
  • 4 to 5 large navel oranges, squeezed into juice (2 cups)
  • 24 ounces soda water (3 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 16 ounces bourbon, brandy or white rum, optional (2 cups)*
  • For the garnish: POM Wonderful Pomegranate Arils (seeds), mint, star anise, orange and lemon slices

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients together in a serving bowl, adding the soda water last.
  2. Top with garnishes and serve. (As a note, pomegranate arils sink to the bottom of a punch bowl. To keep them on top before serving, gently balance them on top of citrus wedges. They’ll settle to the bottom during serving.)

Notes

*You can also add the alcohol by the glass, so it works as non-alcoholic and alcoholic. Measure out 6 ounces (¾ cup) punch, then add 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) liquor of choice. Brandy was our favorite here: it makes the ideal light and fruity flavor. Bourbon is darker and cozier, and rum is on the lighter end.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Punch

Keywords: Thanksgiving punch, Pomegranate punch

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Pomegranate Aperol Spritz.

If you’re sick of apple cider cocktails, make a Pomegranate Aperol Spritz! Tart, fruity and citrusy, it’s refreshing while also being the perfect taste of fall. Prettiest cocktail on the block today! I’d like an aperol spritz for every happy hour, from here on out! It’s beautiful and delicious and refreshing and wonderful. Need I […]

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If you’re sick of apple cider cocktails, make a Pomegranate Aperol Spritz! Tart, fruity and citrusy, it’s refreshing while also being the perfect taste of fall.

Prettiest cocktail on the block today!

pomegranate aperol spritz

I’d like an aperol spritz for every happy hour, from here on out! It’s beautiful and delicious and refreshing and wonderful.

Need I say more?!

pomegranate

Okay so if you’re sick of apple cider cocktails, I have the PERFECT drink for you. I mean, I absolutely love anything with apple cider. But I understand that not all of you do, and sometimes you just need a break from the cinnamony drink. Sometimes you want something more refreshing than warm. Something more citrusy and icy!

pouring aperol into a glass

Enter the pomegranate aperol spritz. The perfect flavor combination cocktail for your fall weekend, Halloween celebration or Thanksgiving dinner.

pouring pomegranate juice into a glass

This isn’t entirely new to me. Remember a few years ago when I made a winter aperol spritz with cranberry and rosemary?! That was my first foray into a flavored aperol spritz and I loved it.

And oh yes – I decided we most definitely needed a fall version.

Ironically, I have also made a spritz with apple cider! It’s delicious and wonderful. 

But so is this! 

pomegranate aperol spritz

I actually like this one more than the winter spritz.

And I love pomegranate so much more than cranberry! I love that pomegranate has that tart punch but is also fruity and juicy. Combined with the orange?! Oooooh it is SO good. 

pomegranate aperol spritz

This is all you need for your pomegranate aperol spritz:

  • Aperol over ice. This is one of my favorite things! Of course I prefer crushed ice, but use what you’ve got!
  • A splash of pomegranate juice. I say around one to two ounces – based on your preference. Add one ounce and then taste. Add more if you’d like more pomegranate flavor punch!
  • Prosecco comes next! My absolute favorite. It’s SO good, and you don’t need to break the bank on a bottle.
  • Finally, a splash of seltzer to balance things out.  

pomegranate aperol spritz

The end result is a refreshing and citrusy spritz. It’s so light and wonderful, but has that classic pomegranate flavor. Oh and can we talk about how gorgeous it is too?!

Just look at that aperol and pomegranate swirling together to create the most beautiful shade. I love it! (more…)

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TikTok’s Nature’s Cereal. It’s Natural, but Is It Cereal?

A little over a month ago, Sherwayne Mears shared a simple recipe via his TikTok, @natures_food. “This, my friends, is what breakfast cereal looks like for me,” he says as he combines blueberries, blackberries, and pomegranate seeds in a wooden bowl. “…

A little over a month ago, Sherwayne Mears shared a simple recipe via his TikTok, @natures_food. “This, my friends, is what breakfast cereal looks like for me,” he says as he combines blueberries, blackberries, and pomegranate seeds in a wooden bowl. “I call it nature’s cereal.”

He tops the berries with a glug of coconut water straight from the source and eats the whole affair with a spoon as he praises the personal benefits of his winning breakfast: “My number one thing when I eat this that I notice is the energy level. I literally felt like I could run a marathon.”

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Citrus Salad

One of the best things about winter? It’s citrus season. I love having fresh oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes to bring a bright spot to the short, dark winter days. I tend to go a little citrus crazy at the grocery store–it all smells…

One of the best things about winter? It’s citrus season. I love having fresh oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes to bring a bright spot to the short, dark winter days. I tend to go a little citrus crazy at the grocery store–it all smells so good!–and then come home and think, “Wait, what was I…

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Pomegranate Salad

This pomegranate salad is absolutely irresistible! It stars a sweet tart salad dressing and the vibrant crunch of pomegranate seeds. Pomegranate is one of the most special foods on the planet (we think). Each bright pink seed has an irresistible sweet tart pop and crunch! We love downing them by the handful, but our next favorite way to eat them? Pomegranate salad! Crunchy pomegranate seeds make a beautiful confetti over the top of leafy greens. Add tart green apple slices, toasted pecans, and goat cheese or feta crumbles, and it’s a true symphony of flavor! Pick from a few different dressing choices: our favorites are apple cider vinegar dressing or pomegranate vinaigrette. Let’s get started! Pomegranate salad ingredients There are lots of ways to make a pomegranate salad! This is our very favorite combination of flavors: but you’ll see there are endless choices! Below we’ll talk through a few of the different variations you can use. Here’s what you’ll need for this tasty and easy side dish: Pomegranate seeds: we recommend seeding them from a fresh pomegranate. See below! Shallot Granny Smith apple or pear: either are tasty: or you could use both! Pecans or walnuts Mixed greens Goat cheese […]

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This pomegranate salad is absolutely irresistible! It stars a sweet tart salad dressing and the vibrant crunch of pomegranate seeds.

Pomegranate salad

Pomegranate is one of the most special foods on the planet (we think). Each bright pink seed has an irresistible sweet tart pop and crunch! We love downing them by the handful, but our next favorite way to eat them? Pomegranate salad! Crunchy pomegranate seeds make a beautiful confetti over the top of leafy greens. Add tart green apple slices, toasted pecans, and goat cheese or feta crumbles, and it’s a true symphony of flavor! Pick from a few different dressing choices: our favorites are apple cider vinegar dressing or pomegranate vinaigrette. Let’s get started!

Pomegranate salad ingredients

There are lots of ways to make a pomegranate salad! This is our very favorite combination of flavors: but you’ll see there are endless choices! Below we’ll talk through a few of the different variations you can use. Here’s what you’ll need for this tasty and easy side dish:

  • Pomegranate seeds: we recommend seeding them from a fresh pomegranate. See below!
  • Shallot
  • Granny Smith apple or pear: either are tasty: or you could use both!
  • Pecans or walnuts
  • Mixed greens
  • Goat cheese or feta cheese crumbles (optional)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing or Pomegranate Vinaigrette (see below)
Pomegranate salad

Use pomegranate seeds from a fresh pomegranate!

These days, you can find pomegranate seeds already remove from the fruit in your local grocery. But for pomegranate salad, it’s best to buy a fresh pomegranate and cut and seed it yourself. Why? Pomegranate seeds from the fruit are much fresher. If you buy them already seeded, they only have a day or so of shelf life. We’ve even purchased some that went bad before we tried them! So a whole fruit is where it’s at. Here’s what to know:

  • Cut the pomegranate in quarters, then remove the seeds in a bowl of water. This avoids a big mess of pink splatters all over your kitchen! We’ve got a great step-by-step tutorial: go to How to Cut a Pomegranate.
  • Pomegranate seeds last up to 5 days refrigerated, but are best right away. So seed it right before you’re ready to make the salad.
Pomegranate seeds

Step it up with toasted or glazed nuts

This pomegranate salad features toasted pecans: and here’s a tip for you: always toast your nuts! It brings out the nutty flavor almost like salt brings out the flavor in savory foods. And it only takes a few minutes! You can absolutely taste the difference.

To take this salad over the top, make a batch of glazed pecans that have a sweet, crunchy exterior. It adds a new element to an already delicious salad! Here are a few ideas of the various nuts you could use:

Pomegranate salad dressing

Use one of the following pomegranate salad dressings!

There are also lots of variations when it comes dressing for this pomegranate salad! Whatever the case: homemade dressing is best. Of course if you’re in a pinch, you can absolutely use a store-bought dressing: there are many great high quality and organic salad dressings available these days. We created two different dressing options for this salad: and we have a few other ideas as well! Try the following pomegranate salad dressings:

  • Apple cider vinegar dressing: Made with vinegar, Dijon mustard and olive oil, it’s perfectly tangy!
  • Pomegranate vinaigrette: Want to double the pomegranate? Try this dressing made with pomegranate juice.
  • Balsamic vinaigrette: Full of big tangy flavor, and one of of the best homemade dressings you’ll find.
  • Pomegranate molasses plus olive oil: A great way to use this special ingredient! Dress the greens with olive oil, then drizzle with sweet tart pomegranate molasses. It’s incredible!

What to serve with pomegranate salad

This pomegranate salad is great because it’s so versatile! It’s more of a fall and winter salad since pomegranates are easiest to find in the cooler months. But since they’re becoming more available at grocery stores, you can eat it anytime! It’s perfect for holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas, or ideal for accessorizing any fall or winter dinner. Here are a few foods it pairs well with:

Pomegranate salad

Vegan variation

Want to make this pomegranate salad vegan? No problem! All you have to do is omit the cheese crumbles. You’ll barely notice the difference! Some salads need an extra savory hit from cheese, but this one works perfectly without it.

And that’s it: our perfect pomegranate salad! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

More pomegranate recipes

Pomegranate season calls for making lots of vibrant recipes with special fruit! Here are some favorite pomegranate recipes:

This pomegranate salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, omit the cheese crumbles.

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Pomegranate salad

Easy Pomegranate Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This pomegranate salad is absolutely irresistible! It stars a sweet tart salad dressing and the vibrant crunch of pomegranate seeds.


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Cut and seed the pomegranate
  2. Thinly slice the shallot. Thinly slice the apple (and toss it with 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar if desired to prevent browning).
  3. Toast the pecans (don’t skip: this brings out the nutty flavor). Alternatively, make glazed pecans.
  4. Make the Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing or Pomegranate Dressing. 
  5. Place the greens on a platter. Top with the pomegranate seeds, sliced shallot, toasted pecans, and goat cheese or feta cheese crumbles. Toss with the desired amount of dressing to taste. (Store the extra dressing refrigerated and warm to room temperature and whisk again before using.)

Notes

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Salad

Keywords: Pomegranate salad

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Pomegranate Smoothie

This tasty pomegranate smoothie is one of the best ways to use those bright pink seeds! It’s loaded with flavor, nutrients, and protein. Got pomegranate seeds? We’ve got a recipe for you. Try this perfect Pomegranate Smoothie! This delicious pink drink is bursting with fruity flavor and one of our favorite ways to use pomegranate seeds (except eating them by the handful, of course!). It pairs the jewel-toned seeds with frozen pineapple and banana to make a creamy puree that’s full of nutrients and vitamins. Throw in a little Greek yogurt for protein and you’ve got a smoothie that’s filling and irresistibly good. In fact, our 3 year old goes gaga over this one (it was actually his idea, too). Pomegranate smoothie ingredients This pomegranate smoothie is so beautifully fruity and creamy, you’ll add it to your smoothie rotation stat! We love grabbing whole pomegranates and using the seeds to snack on and for salads and smoothies. In fact, our 3 year old Larson loves them so much he had the idea for this recipe (“What if we made a pomegranate smoothie?”). This one has a short ingredient list…the star ingredient of course being those jewel-toned fresh pom seeds! The […]

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This tasty pomegranate smoothie is one of the best ways to use those bright pink seeds! It’s loaded with flavor, nutrients, and protein.

Pomegranate smoothie

Got pomegranate seeds? We’ve got a recipe for you. Try this perfect Pomegranate Smoothie! This delicious pink drink is bursting with fruity flavor and one of our favorite ways to use pomegranate seeds (except eating them by the handful, of course!). It pairs the jewel-toned seeds with frozen pineapple and banana to make a creamy puree that’s full of nutrients and vitamins. Throw in a little Greek yogurt for protein and you’ve got a smoothie that’s filling and irresistibly good. In fact, our 3 year old goes gaga over this one (it was actually his idea, too).

Pomegranate smoothie ingredients

This pomegranate smoothie is so beautifully fruity and creamy, you’ll add it to your smoothie rotation stat! We love grabbing whole pomegranates and using the seeds to snack on and for salads and smoothies. In fact, our 3 year old Larson loves them so much he had the idea for this recipe (“What if we made a pomegranate smoothie?”). This one has a short ingredient list…the star ingredient of course being those jewel-toned fresh pom seeds! The pomegranate smoothie ingredients you’ll need are:

  • Pomegranate seeds: You can use the whole fruit or separate seeds; see below
  • Frozen pineapple: Pineapple melds with the pomegranate and doesn’t overwhelm. Other ideas? Frozen mango or frozen blueberries.
  • Banana: Use a room temperature banana: no need to freeze it unless you want to!
  • Ice: This completes the frothy texture.
  • Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt adds loads of protein: 12 grams or 6 grams per serving. You can use the vegan variations below as desired.
  • Maple syrup: We like just a hint of sweetener for this one to brighten the flavor! Feel free to substitute honey or agave syrup as your sweetener of choice.
Pomegranate seeds

Use a whole pomegranate or buy the seeds

This pomegranate smoothie uses 1 cup seeds: this is enough from 1 medium pomegranate. It’s actually very easy to seed your own pomegranate! Here are a few tips for how to get those seeds:

  • Cut the pomegranate in quarters, then remove the seeds in a bowl of water. This avoids a big mess of pink splatters all over your kitchen! We’ve got a great step-by-step tutorial: go to How to Cut a Pomegranate.
  • Or, buy pomegranate seeds instead! Pomegranate seeds that are already removed are easy to find at your local grocery. The downside? They’re not as fresh, and they go bad quickly.
Pomegranate seeds

Only got pomegranate juice? Here’s a variation

Were you hoping for a pomegranate smoothie using store-bought pomegranate juice? You can do that too! Here’s what to do:

  • Substitute 1/3 cup pomegranate juice for the pomegranate seeds.
  • Consider using a frozen banana. This can help to make a thicker texture if you’re using juice and not seeds. But it works with room temperature banana as well!

Make it a vegan pomegranate smoothie

Want to make this pomegranate smoothie into a vegan smoothie? Here’s what to do:

  • Substitute the Greek yogurt with coconut milk. This works well with the texture! See also our Coconut Milk Smoothie.
  • Add back some protein! We love using Greek yogurt in smoothies because it’s packed with protein to keep you full. Here are some ideas for adding plant based protein: try 1 to 2 tablespoons cashew butter or almond butter or 2 tablespoons chia seeds.

We hope you enjoy this tasty way to enjoy this magic fruit: let us know what you think in the comments below!

Pomegranate smoothie

Pomegranate nutrition

There are lots of inflated claims around pomegranate nutrition. In fact, a popular pomegranate products company was hit with an FTC complaint around false advertising about reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease. That said, pomegranates are a very healthy fruit that’s part of a healthy diet! Here’s what we do know (source: Healthline):

  • Antioxidants: Pomegranates have lots of antioxidants: punicalagins and punicic acid, if you must know!
  • Vitamin C: 1 cup of seeds has 30% of your daily vitamin C.
  • Fiber: 1 cup of seeds has 7 grams fiber.
  • Other vitamins: Pomegranates are also a good source of vitamin E, folate, potassium, and vitamin K.
  • Sugar: Like most fruits, pomegranate does have sugar! 1 cup seeds has 24 grams sugar.

This pomegranate smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For plant-based, dairy-free and vegan, see the substitutes above.

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Pomegranate smoothie

Easy Pomegranate Smoothie


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large or 2 small
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This tasty pomegranate smoothie is one of the best ways to use those bright pink seeds! It’s loaded with flavor, nutrients, and protein.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds (cut and seed 1 pomegranate or buy 5 ounces seeds)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 banana (room temperature)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt*
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Place the pomegranate seeds in the blender and blend for a few seconds until mostly liquified. 
  2. Add the remaining ingredients in a blender, breaking the banana into pieces. Blend until creamy and frothy, stopping and scraping down the sides as necessary. 
  3. Eat immediately or store 1 day in a sealed jar; if it separates, shake to re-integrate it.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pomegranate smoothie

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Shredded Citrus Brussels Sprouts Salad with Avocado and Pomegranate.

Our favorite citrus brussels sprouts salad is loaded with creamy avocado, sweet orange and tangy pomegranate. It’s ridiculously good! There’s crunch. There’s flavor! Tons of sweet and tart taste throughout. And it’s also super pretty on your table. It’s everything. This Thanksgiving side dish might be a little out of the comfort zone for some […]

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Our favorite citrus brussels sprouts salad is loaded with creamy avocado, sweet orange and tangy pomegranate.

shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad with avocado and pomegranate

It’s ridiculously good!

shredded brussels sprouts

There’s crunch.

There’s flavor!

Tons of sweet and tart taste throughout.

And it’s also super pretty on your table.

It’s everything.

shredded brussels sprouts with orange

This Thanksgiving side dish might be a little out of the comfort zone for some people, but it’s light and fresh and tangy and fruity and really oh-so good.

See, the thing is that I have plenty of savory, indulgent brussels sprouts recipes for Thanksgiving. My favorite is this insane brussels sprouts gratin. It is so rich and nutty and wonderful. 

But if you feel it’s just TOO rich against the rest of your Thanksgiving sides, I highly suggest something lighter like this. 

shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad with avocado and pomegranate

These brussels sprouts are shredded and quickly sauteed in some olive oil with garlic, salt and pepper. Also – a squeeze of fresh orange juice! It adds such wonderful flavor to the brussels, and that combined with cooking them in the skillet removes some of the bitterness. 

shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad with avocado and pomegranate

But my favorite part – of course – are the toppings. We’re in a major orange phase around here – Max takes an orange for his lunch everyday. The sweet, fresh segments pair wonderfully with the shredded brussels. They are a burst of bright flavor that makes the dish shine.

Next, the avocado!

As if this even needs explaining. The creamy, mild avocado flavor complements the crunchy brussels and the combination is wonderful together. 

The pomegranate arils add the prettiest jewel pop. I love them for how pretty they look on the salad, but I also enjoy eating them too. Tart, fruity bites that pop in your mouth. It’s perfect!

shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad with avocado and pomegranate

Finally, the only “dressing” we’re really using here is pomegranate molasses glaze. I love this one. It’s kind of like a balsamic, maybe with a hint more tartness and a the pomegranate flavor. I find that this is the perfect amount when combined with the olive oil and orange that we cook the brussels in. But if you feel like you want more dressing, add on your favorite or do a few spritzes of orange. 

shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad with avocado and pomegranate

If brussels aren’t your thing, here’s a few other incredible Thanksgiving salad ideas!

This nutty harvest honeycrisp salad is to die for. Incredible flavorful and everyone loves it.

This thanksgiving kale salad with cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette is also wonderful.

And this pomegranate halloumi greens salad is also perfection.

Which is your pick?!

shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad with avocado and pomegranate

Citrus Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Citrus Brussels Pomegranate Salad

This shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad is delicious! Topped with orange segments, avocado and pomegranate for the perfect flavor burst.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people as a side dish
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds brussels sprouts, stems removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 oranges, peeled and segmented
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • cup pomegranate arils
  • pomegranate glaze, for drizzling

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced brussels with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add in the garlic and stir. Cook, stirring often, until the brussels softened slightly. Add in the orange juice and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired.
  • Transfer the brussels to serving plate or dish. Toss with the orange segments, avocado and pomegranate seeds. Drizzled with pomegranate molasses or balsamic glaze. Serve immediately!

shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad with avocado and pomegranate

The best bite!

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