I’m currently writing through big giant scoops of this scrumptious fruit salad. Poms are the bomb.
I was skeptical because first of all I’ve never eaten pomegranate on my own (like not ordering it at a restaurant) and I was nervous about the de-seeding of the pomegranate and second of all I was nervous about the mix of flavors that I was combining.
But I quickly learned that apples, pears, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, and a delicious dressing of lime, honey, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and mint for freshness, makes the best tangy saucy salad on this side of the universe.
I modeled this fruit salad after my summer peach salsa recipe that is so yummy. I make that salsa/salad for any type of get together and people always love it.
I really wanted a fruit salad that I could take to holiday winter gatherings, and this has hit the jackpot.
The crunch of the walnuts mixed with the tart flavor of the lime combined with the crunch of the apple, the pop of the pomegranate seeds, and the chew of the pear create this flavorful textured salad/salsa that is the perfect topping for a big sweet cinnamon sugar pita chip.
It’s like the pita chip is the messenger, Santa, and the salad is the gift, a brand new bike kind of gift.
Like those top earned Mom I was good this year gifts that you only get if you’re really lucky and you really deserve it (or Santa just loves you).
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season every year is when the lights are put up on the trees lining town center leading to the huge colorfully decorated fresh Christmas tree that creates the centerpiece.
Well, this year as the lights began to go up and I prepared to get giddy like I do every year (predictable?), I noticed that our tree went local.
We Floridians do not grow Christmas trees. No we do not.
Needless to say, it’s short, fat, and has skimpy little twigs as branches that poke you hard if you get too close. As a staunch Holiday traditionalist, I feel like this is going against everything sacred and true to my Christmas celebrated upbringing in this sweet little town I call home.
Can I start a petition or something?
While I am bahumbugging it up, you should make this salad for your friends.
For your kids. For your husband. For your co-workers, and for your parents.
Everyone in sight should try this, and I’m sure it will become a hit for Holiday seasons to come. This would also be the perfect salad for the day after Thanksgiving, also known as the best day of the year, AKA Christmas decorating time, AKA It’s finally acceptable to play Christmas music and drink hot cocoa around the fire place, YESS.
Happy almost Thanksgiving AKA almost day after Thanksgiving AKA MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR!
- 3 pomegranates (about 4 cups pomegranate seeds)
- 2 Forelle pears, chopped
- 3 Honeycrisp apples, chopped
- 1 cup walnuts, lightly crushed (I just crushed them in a ziploc bag with the back of a spoon)
- pinch of salt
- 2 limes (1/2 cup juice)
- 1½ tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 10 mint leaves, chopped, plus more for garnish
- Slice off the top of the pomegranate, remove the seeds, and place them into a large bowl.
- Add the pears and apples and mix together.
- Sprinkle the walnuts and salt on top.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and mix together. Store in the fridge until ready to serve. If the apples begin to brown, squeeze more lime juice on them.
- Whisk together the lime juice, honey, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and mint until smooth. Set aside until ready to pour on to the salad.