Flavors of Autumn

Pomegranate and Pear Salad

Besides pumpkins, autumn has an abundance of other fantastic flavors. Two that come to mind are pomegranates and pears.

Here’s a quick and delicious fruit salad with very few ingredients – just make sure you use the freshest ingredients possible. The color and flavor combination are sure to please.

Pomegranate and Pear Salad
Yield: 4 to 5 servings

1 pomegranate, seeded and membrane discarded
2 lbs. Barlett or other green-skinned pear
(about 6 pears -depending on size), cored and cut into bite-sized pieces (leave skin on)
2 to 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
2 Tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
3 Tbsp toasted and chopped pecans or walnuts, optional

• Place the pomegranate seeds in a bowl. Set aside.
• In a large separate bowl, combine the cut-up pears and lime juice. Toss to coat.
• Add the pomegranate seeds and chopped mint, tossing gently.
• Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour for flavors to blend.

Before serving, top each portion with chopped nuts, if desired.

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  1. Ara November 3, 2010 at 4:42 am

    This sounds amazing. I have to try it. Never thought of combining pears and pomegranates before, but now it seems so obvious! And I wouldn't make the nuts optional. I think they will balance the sourness of the pomegranates and lime juice nicely.

  2. Robyn November 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I agree, Ara. The toasted nuts definitely enhance the character of this dish.

  3. tasteofbeirut November 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    I have decided I needed to include more salads in my diet and this salad is so timely! I have all the ingredients needed in the fridge already, thanks!

  4. lifeisgood January 2, 2011 at 2:23 am

    I made this for Christmas dinner and it was yummy! The pears turn brown fast though so my advice is to only make what will be consumed at the meal or shortly thereafter.

  5. Robyn January 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    To prevent the pears from oxidizing (turning brown) too quickly, make sure you have enough citric acid – in this case lime juice – and toss so all of the pear pieces are thoroughly coated.


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