Spinach Salad With Pears and Pomegranate

Some scoff at the idea of adding a salad to the Thanksgiving spread, but it’s an elegant way to start things off, and, if you’re watching your waistline, it’s an easy way to fill up on healthy calories before you dig into the rest of the meal. This seasonal salad works during the fall or winter, and brings a lot of festive color to the holiday spread with sliced pears, red onion, and tart pomegranate.

Spinach Salad with Pears and Pomegranate Recipe

By the numbers: A serving of traditional spinach is about 282 calories and 10 grams fat, but this spinach salad has 60 calories and 1 ½ grams fat.

  • Makes 10 servings (about 1/2 cup vinaigrette (about1 1/2 tsp/serving))
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Hands On Time: 15 mins


  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • For the salad:
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 1 medium ripe pear
  • 1/2 tsp cider vinegar or freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 8 cups baby spinach leaves (about 8 oz)
  • 2/3 cup pomegranate arils


For the vinaigrette:

Combine vinegar, honey, and mustard in a nonreactive bowl or jar and set aside for about 5 minutes. Whisk in oil or, if using a jar, add to jar, close lid tightly and shake until well combined. Season with a pinch of kosher salt and a dash of pepper and set aside. (Can be made up to 5 days ahead and stored refrigerated until ready to use. Shake or re-whisk before serving until evenly incorporated.)

For the salad:

Slice onion into paper thin slices and place in a small nonreactive bowl. Halve pear, remove core and stem, and cut into paper thin slices. Combine in bowl with vinegar or lemon juice and toss to coat. Set aside for at least 5 minutes before using.

To serve, divide spinach among serving plates then top with a scattering of pears and onions. Top each serving with about 1 tbsp of pomegranate arils, drizzle with dressing, and serve.

Nutritional information (per serving):

  • Calories 60
  • Fat calories 15
  • Total fat grams; 1.5
  • Sat fat grams, 0
  • Cholesterol mg 0
  • Sodium mg 70
  • Total carbohydrates g 11
  • Fiber g 2
  • Sugars g 7
  • Protein g 1
  • Vitamin A IUs %; 15
  • Vitamin C % 8
  • Calcium % 2
  • Iron % 4
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