A good salad makes people who think they don't like salad enjoy a salad. This, my friends, is a good salad. This Pomegranate and Feta Winter Salad is the perfect combo of sweet, salty and crunchy ingredients that all come together in perfect harmony.
You all know I love a good salad. I am the person everyone asks to bring a salad to the potluck. I think I just fall in to this role because everyone assumes that the dietitian is dying to bring a salad. Truth is, I do want to bring the salad. Not because I am a dietitian though, and shame on you for assuming!
I just love salads. They are my favorite way to consume a plate full of veggies. I love sweet and crunchy elements in my salads and I love to experiment with making my own dressings. It is an underappreciated art form really.
Can I Use Something Other Than Feta?
Of course! You could use goat cheese or possibly even blue cheese in this recipe (I am just not about that blue cheese life). A honey goat cheese would pair nicely!
If you are dairy free, throwing in your favorite cashew cheese would work wonderfully and prevent you from missing out on that creamy, salty element of the salad. I love Miyoko's.
What Can Be Used In Place Of Pomegranate Seeds?
If pomegranates are not in season where you live or you are having trouble finding them you could substitute dried tart cherries to get the a similar flavor profile or apple juice sweetened dried cranberries.
Can I Make This Recipe Nut-Free?
If you have an allergy to nuts or choose to avoid them for whatever reason you could use roasted sunflower seeds or pepitas to add that crunch. I also found some really tasty Garlic Plantain Croutons from Trader Joe's the other day which would pair nicely!
How To Make This Recipe Paleo
To make this recipe paleo-friendly you will only need to substitute out the feta. All other ingredients used are paleo. Like I mentioned above, the Miyoko's brand has some good dairy-free cheeses that would make a good addition to this salad! Pick something creamy and a little salty, similar to feta.
You could also just sub in some freshly cooked and crumbled bacon for that salty and satisfying flavor.
Other Great Salad Recipes
- Paleo Apple Pecan Salad
- Greek Chicken Salad
- Salmon Cobb Salad
- Whole30 Asian Chicken Salad
- Spicy Thai Chicken Salad
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Pomegranate and Feta Winter Salad
- Cutting board
- Salad bowl
- Small container with lid
Lemon Honey Dressing
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Clove of garlic Minced
- 2 tbsp White balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice About ½ small lemon juiced
- ¼ tsp Coarse ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp Pink Himalayan salt
- 5 ounces Spring mix or baby greens
- 2 ounces Feta
- 4 ounces Pomegranate seeds
- 2 ounces Slivered almonds Toasted
- ¼ Red onion Thinly sliced
Honey Lemon Dressing
- Peel and mince garlic and then combine all ingredients for dressing in a small container with a lid. Make sure container is properly sealed and then shake until the honey has dissolved completely. Set aside.
- In a small frying pan with a bit of oil, toast slivered almonds over low heat for 1-2 minutes. They should start to become fragrant and appear slightly toasted but should not be brown. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and set aside.
- Thinly slice ¼ of a red onion and crumble feta.
- In a large bowl, add greens and top with onion, feta, almonds and pomegranate seeds. Dress salad last with as much dressing as you would like. Serve immediately.
Pam Doolittle says
I made this with the recommended substitution of dried cranberries. Very tasty and the dressing us now a new favorite for any salad that has a little fruit!
Dawn Brandenburgh says
Have made this once already and will be making it again for Christmas dinner, it was super yummy!
Thanks, Dawn! I am glad you enjoyed it!