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Pomegranate Walnut Salad with Maple Cranberry Vinaigrette

Pomegranate Walnut Salad with dried cranberries, apricots, mixed cheeses and Maple Cranberry Vinaigrette

Pomegranates are so beautiful. I’ve been entranced with them since I studied Greek mythology way back in junior high school.

Then when we lived in California, our neighbors had a pomegranate tree … one long branch of the tree stretched into our yard and that one branch always gave us plenty of pomegranates. Not that it really mattered, because the neighbors let us go into their yard and pick pomegranates whenever we wanted. My kids used to sell pomegranates like some kids sell lemonade. The neighbors loved it.

When you open up a pomegranate, it is full of all these gorgeous little jewels; it looks like a treasure chest to me. And the taste of the little jewels when you bite into one … oh my.

If you want to make this salad, you will first need to make the Cranberry Raspberry Vinegar, and that takes about a week … just giving you fair warning. You could do some clever substitutions, perhaps, but the jewel-toned vinegar with the little pomegranate jewels in the salad is really quite nice.

Pomegranate Walnut Salad with Mixed Cheeses and Maple Cranberry Vinaigrette

Pomegranate Walnut Salad with Maple Cranberry Vinaigrette

with Dried Cranberries, Apricots and Mixed Cheeses

  • Organic Herb Mix (or mixed greens)
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Shards of Parmesan Cheese (cut very thin slices off the edge of a hunk of parmesan)
  • Toasted Walnuts, chopped roughly
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Chopped dried Apricots
  • Blue cheese crumbles

First make the dressing and let it set to mix the flavors while you prepare the salad.

Fill the salad bowl 3/4 full with the organic herb mix, and sprinkle with remaining ingredients as you please. Drizzle with Maple Cranberry Vinaigrette.

Maple Cranberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

  • 3/4 cup cranberry raspberry vinegar (recipe here)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon strawberry or raspberry jam
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon, Spicy Brown or other fancy mustard (I used garlic peppercorn mustard)
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard seed
  • A couple of basil leaves, a small sprig of rosemary, and several sprigs of fresh dill weed

Mix all ingredients together in a handi chopper and whir until the herbs and garlic are well chopped and everything is mixed well. Refrigerate any of the remaining dressing.

Pomegranate Walnut Salad with dried cranberries, apricots, mixed cheeses and Maple Cranberry Vinaigrette

This recipe was shared at Midnight Maniac Meatless MondaysTotally Tasty Tuesdays, and Full Plate Thursdays.

10 responses

  1. beautiful! love the colors. so festive!

    December 19, 2011 at 11:40 pm

  2. Wow, how fun to live somewhere where you can actually have pomegranates growing in the garden! When I was young, the most exciting thing we could get was apple and pear trees, and a few berries😦

    Looks and sounds delicious:)

    December 20, 2011 at 3:49 am

    • Ann

      Oh it was SO fun! We had lemons and grapefruits and peaches too … I have no pomegranates anymore … just mulberries and a few raspberries, but I revel in those every June.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:45 am

  3. This looks great! I was scanning the ingredients, happily realizing that I have most at home or I can buy it, until i read cranberry and apricot. impossible for me to get. what would u subsitute them with?

    December 20, 2011 at 8:38 am

  4. Helene where do you live? What kinds of fruits do you have? Berries? The cranberries are tart, so you could substitute another tart berry–or you could leave the dried ones out of the salad and just use pomegranate seeds. You could substitute a peach or other orange-fleshed fruit for the apricots. For the vinaigrette, just make the vinegar with a different red berry.

    December 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

  5. Pat

    The recipe for this looks delicious! Love the colors in the salad. This would be heathy too.
    Thanks for sharing. Pat

    December 22, 2011 at 11:18 am

  6. I just love the combination of the Pomegranate and Cranberries in this wonderful salad. We would just love this salad! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. I am wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

    December 23, 2011 at 6:12 pm

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  8. zelda

    Oh my. This is gorgeous Love the combinations! Please share more of these Tastes! Thank you

    January 17, 2012 at 1:43 am

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