Crunchy Apple-Pear Salad with Pomegranate, Pine Nuts & Yogurt

My garden has been dormant for only a few weeks yet I already miss the crunchy, sweet carrots, bundles of kale and bouquets of fragrant herbs.

Salad planning has to much more intentional now that winter is here, and I have to load up on even more vegetables on market days if I want to have fresh salads throughout the week.

Last week, when I was all out of leafy greens, I  found inspiration in a case of jumbled assorted apples and pears that we had in our cold room. I know I’m forever adding apples to salads around here, but this one is extra special, believe me.

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Together with pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, a drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of yogourt, the apples and pears became a delightfully crunchy and refreshing salad.

When it is all mixed up on the plate, with the yogourt coating the fruit and pine nuts scattered throughout, this Crunchy Apple-Pear Salad with Pomegranate, Pine Nuts & Yogurt is reminiscent of a classic Waldorf. But while the Waldorf was never much of a looker, this salad is sure to stun on the holiday table.

If there ever was a Christmas morning salad, this is it. Now I know many of you are all about your sticky buns and monkey bread on the 25th, and I am right there with you (only my temptation is a plate of my Christmas Stollen Madeleines with preserved lemon, currants and slivered almonds) but consider this salad as a side of fruit.

Crunchy Apple-Pear Salad with Pomegranate, Pine Nuts & Yogurt || Simple Bites

This salad was inspired by a beautiful recipe for Apple Carpaccio from the brand new cookbook Jamie’s Christmas. It’s an excellent book, full of vibrant recipes for the holiday season, and hey, made my list of favourite cookbooks in 2016.

I’ve replaced the honey drizzle in Jamie’s recipe with some of Quebec’s finest maple syrup, added thinly sliced pears, and zested the entire dish with orange peel. The resulting colorful salad is perfect for a brunch, lunch or even a light dessert at the end of a big meal.

Crunchy Apple-Pear Salad with Pomegranate, Pine Nuts & Yogurt || Simple Bites

Crunchy Apple-Pear Salad with Pomegranate, Pine Nuts & Yogurt
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Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 teaspoons icing sugar
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 4 clementines
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple
  • 1 Anjou pear
  • ½ cup full-fat Greek yogourt
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Rinse the pine nuts under cool water and drain well. Spread on a baking sheet and sprinkle with icing sugar. Toast in the oven for 5-6 minutes until light golden. Cool completely.
  2. Slice pomegranate in half. Hold one half over a bow, cut side down, and smack it with a wooden spoon so that the seeds fall down through your fingers. Reserve the seeds.
  3. Squeeze the other half of pomegranate into a large bowl. Juice three of the clementines into the bowl as well.
  4. Core the apples and pear with an apple corer, if available, then slice the fruit as thinly as possible. (I use a mandoline slicer) Place three quarters of the slices into the fruit juice to soften, and slice the remaining into matchsticks.
  5. Arange the thinly sliced fruit o n a large serving platter and top with matchsticks. Dollop the yogout o top and drizzle the whole salad with maple syrup.
  6. Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds and the pine nuts on top of the salad. Tear a few mint leaves off the stalk, bruise slightly and sprinkle on the salad.
  7. Zest the remaining clementine all over the salad and drizzle with a little of the remaining pom-citrus juices. Serve at once.

I do love the crunch of winter salads. Here are a few more favourites to add into rotation over the next few months:

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About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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Comments

  1. This salad is just beautiful and would be the perfect healthier side dish to go alongside indulgent Christmas morning breakfasts! It would also be a perfect afternoon snack — I love it!

  2. Beautiful salad. I get tired of the usual lettuce type salad. This would certainly satisfy my craving for a fruitier type side.

  3. Love your salad idea for Christmas morning. Really, this is perfect for brunch too. I’m Pinning it to my Breakfast Board!

  4. I love the sound of a Christmas morning salad! And I really like all the sliced apples in here! I’ve been craving salads a lot these days with all the treats that are around and this one looks perfect!

  5. This is so beautiful! While I love a big leafy green salad, sometimes a “no-greens” salad is exactly what I’m craving. The red and green makes this baby so festive. Perfect for Christmas!

  6. This is just gorgeous Aimee! A salad for for the holidays!! Hope you have a wonderful month

  7. OoOOoo I LOVE the addition of pine nuts! I haven’t had those floating around my kitchen for far too long! Time to fix that!

  8. Oh perfect!! My family gatherings always seem to have an overly creamy Waldorf and I admit, I am working on slowly replacing them with your apple salad recipes. Thanksgiving was your russet and radicchio salad – I think this will be my Christmas coup!

  9. This looks delicious! I need a break from all the cookie eating i’ve been doing. 😉

  10. Oh this is such a great idea! I’m not really a big fan of lettuce salads in the winter months, but this looks like something I would enjoy. The icing sugar in the recipe is pretty unexpected – I’m intrigued!

  11. thank you for this! Wonderful inspiration for a different kind of salad than I’m used to making. love the crunch of pine nuts, the pomegranate and genuinely love having apples too, nice set of flavors!

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