This salad with pears and pumpkin seeds is wintertime dish full of salad greens, sweet pears, and pomegranates. On top: caramelized pepitas.
This great wintertime salad is best prepared with pomegranates that appear only around the holidays. Tender pears and caramelized pumpkin seeds round out this seasonal delight. Vegans can leave out the cheese and enjoy the crunchy spiced seeds instead.–Robin Asbell
Salad with Pears and Pumpkin Seeds
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- 25 M
- 25 M
- Serves 6
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This recipe started with a very large lettuce I found at a farmer's market. It was easy to prepare because al I ad to do was fry the pumpkin seeds and mix the dressing. Life is easier when you have packs of fresh pomegranate seeds, already cleaned and ready to eat (sold in every food store in Israel, where I live). I used all the ingredients suggested on the list: fresh mint, olive oil, and the pecorino cheese. When it's all put together, it makes a nice salad, rich in color, with lots of different tastes. The vegetarians I served it to were very happy and asked to have it added to the "family list."
A couple of helpful hints about pomegranates:
1. Be careful when you open them; they might color your hands and damage your clothes. Lemon juice will help to get rid of the stains.
2. Pomegranate season is very short, but you can keep them for months, after you brush them with plain oil and put them in a paper bag in a refrigerator drawer.
3. To free the seedseasily, roll the fruit a on work surface, and then cut it in half. Hold it in one hand, and hit the top with a wooden spoon. Do it over a bowl to catch the falling seeds.
You can watch this video to see how it's done.
This is a very simple and versatile salad. Adjustments to the dressing can be made to suit one’s taste without changing the overall flavor of the dressing. Pomegranate juice concentrate tends to be very sour, so you may need to increase the amount honey or decrease the amount of pomegranate juice. It’s also very important that the pomegranate itself be sweet, and of good quality. The nuts are absolutely delicious and add a lovely crunch and bite to the salad, while the cheese brought the whole dish together. The second time I prepared the salad, I used an apple in place of pear, and it was good. I think any sweet apple or pear would go well with the cheese in this salad.