An easy and delicious holiday salad filled with pomegranate seeds, apple slices, candied pecans, and a homemade orange vinaigrette! This pomegranate apple salad is perfect for any holiday dinner.
While holiday dinners are, in my opinion, all about the side dishes, I feel like green salads are oftentimes overlooked. Sometimes people don’t want to waste precious stomach space on lettuce or maybe they don’t want to bother with making a nice salad. This Holiday Pomegranate Apple Salad is definitely worth the stomach space AND the time making it! If you’re in charge of the salad this year at Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any holiday gathering, this one is definitely a show stopper!
What You’ll Need
Pomegranate Seeds/Arils – you could use the arils that are pre-packaged for ease but this is approximately one pomegranate worth of seeds!
Apple – I love using a honeycrisp apple in this recipe
Walnuts – sliced almonds or pecans also work
Apple Cider Vinegar
Fresh Orange Juice
Blue Cheese – or goat cheese
Apple Pomegranate Salad Tips
This holiday salad is pretty straight forward and easy to make, but here are some tips and substitutions if you’re wondering.
Use pre-packaged pomegranate seeds. If you want to skip the step of getting the arils/seeds out of a pomegranate, use the pre-packaged ones! So much easier, less messy, and no sacrifice of taste.
Apple Cider Vinegar Substitute. If you don’t have ACV, you can use white wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, or champagne vinegar.
Pears Vs. Apples. I love the crunch from the apples in this salad, but if you’re a fan of pears, they will definitely work in this salad, as well. As far as the type of apple, I like honey crisp, fuji, or pink lady in salads but again, use your favorite!
Cheese. Blue cheese is my favorite but I know not everyone likes it. Goat cheese or feta cheese would both be delicious substitutes.
Use maple syrup instead of honey. If you don’t have honey, maple syrup is a great substitute.
Candied Walnuts. This recipe is made with homemade candied walnuts (which is really quite easy!) but if you’re looking to skip a step, you can definitely buy these at the store instead. In addition, you can use pecans or almonds if you prefer.
Mixed Greens. You can use mixed greens, baby spinach, arugula, romaine, or any of your favorite salad greens.
Homemade Orange Vinaigrette. The dressing for this salad really is simple to make, without any fancy ingredients.
This holiday pomegranate apple salad is so full of flavors and textures that this salad will definitely not be an afterthought of Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner! This salad is also great for a dinner party or potluck.