Apple Pomegranate Salad

I always crave something light and healthy after all the indulging during Thanksgiving. Sometimes it’s a smoothie full of fruit, a vegan dish full of vegetables, or a salad full of both. Salads are so versatile, and I love the challenge of mixing flavors and textures to create a good one. That’s why I decided to give this Apple Pomegranate Salad a try. It’s full of fruit, vegetables, and nuts with a balsamic dressing. Plus there’s feta, one of my favorite cheeses. It looks colorful in the photo, and I’m hoping I can recreate this lovely dish. Let’s find out!

The whole family will love this amazing pomegranate salad! Made with crisp apple slices, crunchy + sweet pomegranate seeds, and lots of greens paired with a simple balsamic dressing.

Recipe Author: Bethany Kramer at A Simple Palate
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The Ingredients

I had all the ingredients for the balsamic dressing, but I had to shop for the salad ingredients. That was not a problem—my usual grocery store had everything.

This recipe’s ingredients list is full of options (and I do love a flexible recipe). I went with feta and pecans for the toppings. Tip: Pecan pieces usually cost less than pecan halves, and no chopping is necessary.

My husband doesn’t like raw kale, so I chose spring greens with a couple of handfuls of leftover baby spinach leaves. I made Italian Skillet Chicken and had some extra spinach. This was a great way to use up the extra.

Apple Pomegranate Salad Ingredients
Chopped pecans, pomegranate seeds, garlic powder, balsamic vinegar, honey, crumbled feta cheese, Honeycrisp apple, black pepper, salt, and olive oil

The Process

Once in a while, I can find pomegranate seeds, but all I could find on this shopping trip was a whole pomegranate. That meant I had to seed it before I could make my Apple Pomegranate Salad.

I seeded the pomegranate a couple of days before I made my salad. It took me 6 minutes, and 1 pomegranate gave me all the seeds I need with a little extra. Seeding a pomegranate isn’t difficult, but it is messy. I highly recommend doing it in your kitchen sink.

Seeding a pomegranate
Seeding a pomegranate

When I was ready to make my salad, I was delighted to find it was very easy. Buying pre-washed greens, crumbled feta, and pecan pieces took out a lot of work. I did have to thinly slice the apples, but my apple corer/slicer tool helped a lot. I managed to get 3-4 slices from each wedge.

To get the look in the photo I did not mix the ingredients. I added the greens and then placed the sliced apples around the bowl. Then I sprinkled on the toppings and about half the pomegranate seeds.

One cup of pomegranate seeds is a lot! They would have covered everything else, so I kept them on the side for photos. I added them in when I mixed the salad right before we ate.

The final step was to add the dressing ingredients to a bottle, shake, and pour over the salad. I poured some of it over the salad and mixed it. The bottle was placed on the table when I served it so more could be added if desired. Everyone did because it was so good!

The salad potion took me 8 minutes. That’s over the 5-minutes total listed, but I have to admit I took my time slicing the apples so they looked good for photos. I’m sure it will go faster next time I make it.

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This Apple Pomegranate Salad is a new favorite! The mix of sweet, salty, tangy, and savory was perfectly balanced. I loved that I was able to taste all the ingredients. Not to mention it was quick and easy. Buying pre-washed greens, crumbled feta, and chopped pecans cut down on a lot of the work. Pomegranate seeds will too if you can find them. I couldn't, but seeding a whole pomegranate only takes a few minutes. My husband is already asking me to make it again, and I will gladly oblige.
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This Apple Pomegranate Salad is a new favorite! The mix of sweet, salty, tangy, and savory was perfectly balanced. I loved that I was able to taste all the ingredients. Not to mention it was quick and easy. Buying pre-washed greens, crumbled feta, and chopped pecans cut down on a lot of the work. Pomegranate seeds will too if you can find them. I couldn't, but seeding a whole pomegranate only takes a few minutes. My husband is already asking me to make it again, and I will gladly oblige.Apple Pomegranate Salad