POMEGRANATE, PEAR AND AVOCADO SALAD

Absolutely delightful salad. Will definately make again as everyone loved it. I don't usually change a recipe the first time i make it but as this is a winter salad, I thought I'd go with a little lettuce, spinach and small baby bok choy leaves. I do love a combination of greens in my salads. I sprinkled very lightly with candied almonds on top. A real hit

I made it three times within 2 weeks. Used strawberries instead of pomegranate seeds though. The last two times I made it, I used iceberg and butter lettuce so it wasn't so bitter. I also put raspberries in it along with the strawberries and pears. (raspberries start to break down, but still good) Absolutely wonderful, the dressing is perfect. Great summer recipe!! LOVE this recipe! 

I have not tried this recipe but plan to soon, it sounds excellent. A tip for Cathy and Courtney who dislike removing the pomegranate seeds.... Cut the pomegranate in half. Place in big bowl of water. Break off membrane (under water) which will float to the top. Then pour off the membrane, this is quick and easy!!


POMEGRANATE, PEAR AND AVOCADO SALAD

INGREDIENTS

SALAD INGREDIENTS
1 head Romaine lettuce, washed and roughly-chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 ripe pear, cored and diced
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
2/3 cup shelled pistachios
2/3 cup crumbled goat cheese (or blue cheese, or feta cheese)
1/2 cup diced red onion (about half of a small red onion)
seeds from 1 pomegranate (here is a tutorial for how to open and de-seed a pomegranate)
citrus vinaigrette (see below)

CITRUS VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS
1/3 cup orange juice (freshly-squeezed, if possible)
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
1 tablespoon honey, if needed to sweeten
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

TO MAKE THE SALAD
Add all ingredients together in a large bowl and drizzle on the dressing.  Toss until combined.  Serve immediately.

(*Tip: To prevent the diced avocado from browning while sitting out, toss it beforehand in a few tablespoons of lime or lemon juice.)

TO MAKE THE VINAIGRETTE
Whisk all ingredients together for 30 seconds until combined.

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