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Ultimate Winter Green Salad with Pomegranate, Pears, and Pecans

This is the ultimate Winter Green Salad with lots of seasonal favorites. Featuring pomegranate seeds, pears, apples, bacon, and a delicious poppy seed dressing, you won’t be able to get enough!

Winter pear salad with bacon, pomegranate seeds, and apples on white platter.

I love a good green salad, but they’re not quite as common in the winter since most produce isn’t in season.

This winter green salad brings together all of the fruits and vegetables you can find this time of year in a delicious and nutritious dish.

This recipe for green salad works because it’s:

  • Completely homemade. The dressing and candied nuts are made from scratch, and it’s easier than you think!
  • Full of different textures. The crunch from the lettuce and apples is complemented by the soft pears and cheese.
  • Scrumptious! The sweet and tangy dressing is the cherry on top of this flavorful salad.
  • Perfect for a crowd. This time of year is party season, so stand out from the crowd and bring this salad to go along with the traditional, rich holiday dishes. The guests will thank you!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Winter salad ingredients including lettuce, pecans, apples, and pears on white table.

Whisk together 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons poppy seeds, and 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard. Set aside.

Homemade poppy seed dressing in glass measuring cup with whisk in dressing.

Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of water, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to a small frying pan. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat until it starts to bubble stirring constantly (about 1 minute).

Bubbling brown sugar mixture in black frying pan on white table.

Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans to the pan and stir well so the sugar mixture coats the nuts. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the nuts are candied. Be sure to watch the nuts closely and stir constantly so they don’t burn. Remove the nuts from the heat and pour them on a pan lined with parchment paper to cool.

Chopped candied pecan pieces in small black frying pan on white table.

In a separate frying pan, cook 5 strips of bacon until crispy. Place the bacon on a paper towel to cool. Set aside.

Five pieces of cooked bacon in black frying pan on white table.

While the bacon is cooking, wash and chop 1 head of romaine lettuce into thin strips. Place in a large salad bowl. Pour the poppy seed dressing on the lettuce a little at a time and toss to coat. Add more dressing as desired.

Chopped lettuce coated in poppy seed dressing in large salad bowl with tongs.

Wash and chop 1 apple into cubes and 1 pear into thin slices. Cut 1 pomegranate in half and remove the seeds from one half.

Chopped apples, sliced pear pieces, and a bowl of pomegranate seeds on wood cutting board.

Top the salad with the fruit, crumbled bacon, candied pecans, and 4 ounces of feta cheese. Serve immediately.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

White plate with winter salad of lettuce, pears, pecans, and pomegranate seeds; gold fork resting on plate.

This recipe is 100% homemade, but if you don’t have time to make the dressing or nuts, you can definitely do store bought. However, they’re easier to make than you think!

To avoid making the lettuce soggy, just add a little dressing at a time until the lettuce is just barely saturated.

If you’re making this salad ahead, you won’t want to add the dressing until right before serving.

Alternatively, you can serve the dressing on the side and let guests add the amount they want.

The easiest way to get the seeds out of a pomegranate is to fill a small bowl with water and break apart the pomegranate half in the water. Carefully pull the seeds away from the white, pithy insides and let them fall in the bowl. The large pieces of pith will float to the top and you can pull those out. Pour the seeds into a fine-mesh sieve and rinse them clean. You can then remove any remaining white pith from the seeds.

I’m completely intended on adding dried cranberries to this salad, but totally forgot them. They would make a great addition, as well as orange segments, to this salad.

If you’re out of these ingredients or just don’t like them, try these substitutes:

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FAQs

Close up of winter green salad with pears, bacon, and feta on white platter.
What can you serve with a salad in the winter?

This salad would make an excellent side for:

– Traditional turkey or ham dinners
– Pot roast
– Soups like cheesy vegetable chowder or creamy chicken noodle soup
– Sandwiches (hot or cold)
Lasagna

I hope your family loves this winter green salad! If you make it, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!

 

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Winter pear salad with bacon, pomegranate seeds, and apples on white platter.

Ultimate Winter Green Salad with Pomegranate, Pears, and Pecans

The Ashcroft Family Table
This is the ultimate Winter Green Salad with lots of seasonal favorites. Featuring pomegranate seeds, pears, apples, bacon, and a delicious poppy seed dressing, you won't be able to get enough!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salads
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 212 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Poppy Seed Dressing

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard, the spice NOT the condiment

Candied Pecans

  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Salad

  • 5 strips bacon, crumbled
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1 medium pear, thinly sliced
  • ½ pomegranate
  • 4 ounces feta cheese

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together sugar, vinegar, vegetable oil, salt, poppy seeds, and dry mustard in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Add brown sugar, water, and cinnamon to a small frying pan. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat until it starts to bubble stirring constantly (about 1 minute).
  • Add chopped pecans to the pan and stir well so the sugar mixture coats the nuts. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the nuts are candied. Be sure to watch the nuts closely and stir constantly so they don't burn. Remove the nuts from the heat and pour them on a pan lined with parchment paper to cool.
  • In a separate frying pan, cook bacon until crispy. Place the bacon on a paper towel to cool. Set aside.
  • While the bacon is cooking, wash and chop romaine lettuce into thin strips. Place in a large salad bowl. Pour the poppy seed dressing on the lettuce a little at a time and toss to coat. Add more dressing as desired.
  • Wash and chop the apple into cubes and the pear into thin slices. Remove the seeds from the pomegranate half.
  • Top the salad with the fruit, crumbled bacon, candied pecans, and feta cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cupsCalories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 323mgPotassium: 288mgFiber: 4gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 5522IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 1mg
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