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Winter Pear, Pomegranate & Swiss Salad is a gorgeous way to use some of the best fruits of the season and perfect for any holiday dinner. The homemade Poppy Seed Dressing that goes with it is a family recipe that has been passed down and it makes a wonderful DIY Christmas gift for friends & neighbors.
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Winter Pear, Pomegranate & Swiss Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Winter Pear, Pomegranate & Swiss Salad is a gorgeous way to use some of the best fruits of the season and perfect for any holiday dinner.  The homemade Poppy Seed Dressing that goes with it is a family recipe that has been passed down and it makes a wonderful DIY Christmas gift for friends & neighbors.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 736kcal
Author: Amy Nash

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 Tablespoons grated onion
  • 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds

Salad

  • 1 head Romaine lettuce washed and dried
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 pear Bartlett or D'Anjou
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 1 cup grated Swiss cheese

Instructions

Dressing

  • In a medium-size pot, combine the sugar, dry mustard, salt, and apple cider vinegar over medium heat. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until the sugar completely dissolves, then remove from heat.
  • Slowly pour the two cups of oil into the cider mixture, whisking constantly while adding. Add the grated onion and poppy seed to the warm dressing and whisk well. Pour into a large jar or divde among multiple small jars and refrigerate until chilled. Shake well before serving.

Salad

  • For the salad, slice the pear into thin slices and remove the pomegranate seeds from the skin of the pomegranate. Coarsely chop the lettuce and pecans, then grate the Swiss cheese. Combine all salad ingredients in a bowl, then toss or plate each salad individually. Serve with poppy seed dressing.

Nutrition

Calories: 736kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 65g | Saturated Fat: 47g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 6937IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 1mg