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Winter Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette

Candied pecans, apples, dried cranberries, and blue cheese get sprinkled over a bed of fresh greens. 

Winter Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette from www.themessybakerblog.com

I call this the Girlie Salad.

Why?

Because Squirrel took one look at it before scrunching his face and grumbling, “You can’t make me eat that.”

Rolling my eyes, I responded, “Um, I wasn’t about to. More for me!”

What is it with men and their need for heaping piles of meat with every meal?

Winter Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette from www.themessybakerblog.com

Sometimes we have to make it all about us, ladies. If not, the men folk would happily gnaw on animal bones while we starve. Don’t get me wrong, I like a big, chunky steak as much as the next guy (or gal), but sometimes I need a break.

That’s where this winter salad with pomegranate balsamic vinaigrette comes in.

While I didn’t add meat to this salad, you certainly could. Slices of chicken breast or turkey breast would taste wonderful on top this salad while adding a nice boost of protein.

Winter Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette from www.themessybakerblog.com

I could drink the vinaigrette straight from the jar, it’s that good. It comes together in a pinch, and you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry.

The vinaigrette: Grab a small bowl. Finely mince the garlic and add it to the bowl. Add the pomegranate juice, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, honey, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking. Store in a mason jar and refrigerate until ready to use. Give the jar a vigorous shake before drizzling over your salad.

Winter Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette from www.themessybakerblog.com

The salad: It’s  a combination of mixed greens, diced apples, dried cranberries, candied pecans, and blue cheese. Add all of the ingredients to a salad bowl and toss. Drizzle with  pomegranate balsamic vinaigrette before serving.

Winter Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette from www.themessybakerblog.com

I’m a tad bit obsessed with this salad. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty. The candied pecans are probably my favorite part. They add a sweet crunch to every bite.

Winter Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette from www.themessybakerblog.com

Since salad is super healthy and all sorts of good for you, go ahead and eat as much as you like.

Winter Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette

Yield: 1 large salad

Total Time: 15 minutes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients:

Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette:

1 clove garlic, finely minced

1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 cup pomegranate juice

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Salad:

5 ounces Spring Mix (or your favorite greens)

1 fuji apple, cored and diced

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles

1 recipe candied pecans

Directions:

Vinaigrette: Add garlic, pomegranate juice, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, honey, and a pinch of salt and pepper to a bowl. Whisk to combine. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking. Store in a mason jar and refrigerate until ready to use. Give the jar a vigorous shake before drizzling over your salad.

Salad: Add the salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine. Drizzle with vinaigrette right before serving.

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17 Responses to “Winter Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 15, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I definitely just made a salad with a pomegranate balsamic vinaigrette that I am TOTALLY obsessed with.
    I need to try yours out as it looks deeevine! I agree, sometimes we need to make it about us girlies. My hubby will survive a day without meat me thinks

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    [email protected] — January 15, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Oh this looks so crisp and fresh!

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    Samantha — January 15, 2014 at 9:22 am

    That pomegranate balsamic vinaigrette sounds so good! You’re right though, it is a girl salad. My boy would totally turn his nose up at it.

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    Laura Dembowski — January 15, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Balsamic vinaigrette is my fave! Adding pomegranate is a great idea! My dad will eat salads all day long, it’s when I put fish or herbs in any form in front of him that he freaks out.

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    Julia — January 15, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Yes and yes! I am all about girly salads and have no problem telling the man to fend for himself while I hover over a plate of greens with delicious candied nuts and other goodies. So in love with this plate of awesome!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — January 15, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I think Michael and I have life backwards. He’ll eat a salad as a meal, I neeeeed meeeatt! :P

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    Jen — January 15, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I feel lucky that my husband will eat most anything I put on the table without complaining (he’ll just add hot sauce if he doesn’t like it, lol). I would however have to add some chicken breast just to be sure he has enough protein to hold him over for a while.

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    Rebecca @ Dorm Room Baker — January 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Hahaha! Girly salad is the best kind of salad. My boyfriend won’t go near anything if it’s green and doesn’t resemble small trees so I totally understand. The vinaigrette looks awesome, and I can never say no to candied pecans in a salad so I think it’s a good thing that I won’t have to share!

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    [email protected] & Trinkets — January 15, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Yumm, that vinaigrette sounds so good, Jennie!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 15, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    What a gorgeous salad! Love all of these flavors together!

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    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — January 15, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    What a delicious looking salad! I’m loving the pomegranate balsamic vinaigrette.

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    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — January 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I knew you would come through! This looks amazing! :)

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    Susan — January 15, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Oh see now these are my husbands favorite types of salad. He would absolutely be all over this and so am I. Such a beautiful plate.

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — January 15, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    This salad looks fabulous! Especially with the candied pecans and blue cheese! I appreciate a meatless meal myself.

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    shannon — January 16, 2014 at 8:45 am

    you know what i do with girlie salads and mr. table? throw some chicken on that bad boy. throw more chicken, preferably grilled. instant man-approved salad. :)

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