This light and fresh Pomegranate Salad is a great accompaniment to any meal. With the crunchy nuts and pop of fresh pomegranates, it’s full of great flavor and texture that you will crave more of!
Pomegranate Salad Recipe
Not only is this salad a joy to eat, but it’s pretty to look at, too! The juicy pops of color from the pomegranate seeds remind me of the holidays because of their deep red color. It’s a quick and easy salad to make in December and add to your Christmas holiday spread.
The texture of this pomegranate salad is what makes it a winner. The crunchy nuts and seeds pair wonderfully with the chewy dried cranberries and sweet pomegranate. The dressing is sweet and fresh as well, complimenting the flavors of the salad. If you are a fan of the taste of pomegranates, I suggest that you also try a refreshing Blackberry Pomegranate Sangria or a Holiday Paloma at your next holiday party.
What You’ll Need To Make This Easy Side Dish
Pomegranates are a little on the expensive side, but you only need one, and it’s a showstopping ingredient that I guarantee is worth the extra! The rest of the ingredients are also reasonably priced making it easy to prepare.
- Greens: Any greens work great. Some ideas are arugula, kale, baby spinach, romaine, and green leaf lettuce or even a fresh spring mix blend.
- Pomegranate Arils: You are going to use fresh pomegranate for this.
- Dried Cranberries
- Pumpkin Seeds: Salted or unsalted, depending on your preference.
- Olive Oil: I like to use good quality extra-virgin olive oil here for the best flavor.
- Parsley: Freshly chopped parsley works best here.
- Honey: Any brand of honey is great.
- Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
How to Make Pomegranate Salad
Preparing this pomegranate salad recipe takes only a few minutes. Once all of your salad’s ingredients are chopped, everything gets tossed together. Then, you’re ready to eat!
- Combine Salad Ingredients. Add chopped walnuts, pecans, greens of your choice, pomegranate, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds to a large serving bowl.
- Make the Dressing. In a small mixing bowl, whisk olive oil, parsley, honey, salt, and pepper until combined.
- Toss. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss to coat.
- Serve. Enjoy immediately for the best flavor!
How to Remove Pomegranate Seeds
Pomegranate seeds or “arils” are easier to remove than you think. If you have never worked with fresh pomegranate before, there’s no need to feel intimidated. Slice the pomegranate in half. Over a bowl, tap the skin of the pomegranate with a wooden spoon until all of the seeds fall into the bowl. Remove any membranes are you’re done!
What to Serve With Pomegranate Salad
Enjoy this pomegranate seeds salad as a simple and refreshing lunch alongside fresh goat cheese! Add grilled chicken or feta cheese to make it a complete and filling meal.
It is also great served alongside other main courses. Here are some of my favorite pairings:
- Cranberry Pork Tenderloin
- Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast
- Oven Baked Salmon
- Lasagna Roll-Ups
- Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
More Salad Recipes
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup pecan
- 6 cups green of choice
- 2 red apple diced
- 2 cups arils pomegranate
- ½ cup dried cranberry
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- Add all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
- Stir all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and add to the salad bowl.
- Toss all together.