Now that I’ve gotten over my hesitation of what kind of pear to buy, they’re ending up everywhere- like in today’s salad & sandwich combo.
For some reason I tend to like salads I didn’t prepare at home a lot better- they always taste so much better at restaurants or at salad bars. But really, there are only three secrets to having a good salad at home:
– Fresh greens
– A good dressing
– Not skipping the toppings
My answer to having a good salad at home:
Pomegranate Pear Salad
Fresh mixed baby greens, sliced pear, grilled red onion, toasted walnuts, black pepper, and pomegranate dressing. Marzetti sent me a coupon to try one of their new Simply Dressed salad dressings and I was instantly drawn to the pomegranate dressing.
It was a good choice- the dressing is slightly sweet, yet tangy, and packed with true pomegranate flavor. The thick texture was perfect for coating the salad greens without all dripping to the bottom of the plate. It’s just what my salad needed to live up to my high standards.
I’ve never been a salad-as-a-whole-meal girl, so as I was scrounging around looking for something to go with my salad, I couldn’t help but keep coming back to the pear. Pear and salad…pear and…cheese!
I already had the pear ready and the onion sliced. A pear grilled cheese sandwich sounded like the perfect complement. I used vegan cheese, but of course any cheese would work. Even a crumble or two of blue cheese would make this sandwich divine. Spread with a little Dijon mustard, Follow Your Heart Monterey Jack and a swipe of vegan cream cheese, a few slices of pear, and a sprinkling of grilled red onions, this grilled cheese pairs perfectly with the pomegranate pear salad.
Pear Walnut Salad
- Mixed greens
- Sliced pear
- Sliced red onion
- Black pepper
- Pomegranate dressing
Toss greens with pomegranate dressing.
Grill or saute red onions.
Lightly toast walnuts.
Layer sliced pears on top of greens. Top with red onion, walnuts, and black pepper.
What’s your favorite salad topping?
I was one of the bloggers selected by T. Marzetti Company and Clever Girls Collective to host a Marzetti Simply Dressed review. They provided me with product to test myself and compensation for my time. However, my opinions are entirely my own.