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– Refreshing, Colorful, and Easy

This is an excellent fruit salad for holidays. It is beautiful in presentation with all the right components for flavor and crunch. For me, it is essential to include it in the Christmas dinner menu. Works just as well at Thanksgiving or Easter.


pear pomegranate salad

Festive Pear and Pomegranate Salad

This is one of my all time favorites. It is fancy looking with its creamy white pears, ruby red pomegranate seeds, and deep pink syrup sauce, yet quite simple.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Salad
Cuisine American


  • 3 pears thinly sliced – two red pears and one Asian
  • 1 pomegranate seeded
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds optional
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish optional
  • dark green lettuce leaves


  • Place the sliced pears and pomegranate seeds into a bowl.
  • Toss with lemon juice to coat.
  • Combine the brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a small cup or bowl, then mix into the fruit.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving to blend the flavors.
  • Serve in individual dishes on a bed of lettuce greens, and garnish with a sprinkling of sliced almonds with a sprig of mint


I like to serve this fruit salad by arranging the pear slices on a serving platter, then pouring the spiced sauce over them, and sprinkling the pomegranate seeds over the surface. The almond slices and mint garnish are then added over the top. 
When I do this I don't use the lettuce leaf base, but those could be arranged on the platter before placing the pear slices, if desired. 
Keyword fruit salad

To find recipes for the Christmas dinner I like to prepare this salad for, please check out the Beef Tenderloin Holiday Menu