Appetizer, salad, Side

Arugula, Pear, & Goat Cheese

November 15, 2012

This salad will make a great starter or side for any holiday meal. The combination of spicy arugula, sweet firm pears, tart pomegranate seeds, blended with the creaminess of the goat cheese creates a flavorsome bite worthy of any savory food celebration! 



25 minutes


Dinner, Lunch, salad, Side




6 people


1.4 cups arugula, lightly packed
2.4 cups romaine, torn into bite-sized pieces
3.2 ripe pears, cored & cut into 1/2″ cubes
4.1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
5.3 ounces fresh goat cheese or feta, crumbled
6.1/4 cup pistachios, toasted & coarsely chopped

For Vinaigrette:

1.1 large shallot, halved & thinly sliced
2.1 Tbsp pomegranate molasses (Whole Foods)
3.2 Tbsp sherry or apple cider vinegar
4.1/2 tsp kosher salt
5.1/4 tsp black pepper
6.3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil



Prepare the Vinaigrette.

In a small bowl combine the shallot, pomegranate molasses, vinegar, salt & pepper, and whisk until the salt is dissolved.
Whisk in the olive oil & let vinaigrette stand at room temperature until salad is assembled.


Prepare Salad.

Combine the arugula, romaine, pears & half of the pomegranate seeds in a large bowl. Crumble half of the goat cheese over the ingredients in the bowl (works best if the cheese is very cold). Crumble half of the goat cheese over the ingredients in the bowl (works best if the cheese is very cold).


Finish and Serve.

Gently toss the salad with your hands or salad tongs, coating the ingredients with the vinaigrette. If the salad seems dry, add the vinaigrette in small increments until it’s dressed to your liking.
Crumble the remaining cheese over the salad & sprinkle the remaining pomegranate seeds & pistachios over the top. Serve immediately.


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