I have been eating this Pear, Pomegranate, and Almond Arugula Salad on repeat lately. It’s a simple yet flavor-packed Fall salad, and one that I decided I will be making for Thanksgiving this year.

It’s composed of baby arugula, sliced Bosc pears, pomegranate seeds, sliced almonds, and goat cheese (which is totally optional). And then it is tossed in a homemade lemon-honey dressing. Delish!

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I am a slight bit obsessed with this salad. I just made this Pear, Pomegranate, and Almond Arugula Salad AGAIN before writing this post and my belly and taste buds are so happy with me. 🙂

I try to take advantage of pear season and one of my favorite ways to do so is putting fresh pears in salad. They are sweet and have the best texture. Nom.

I used Bosc pears in this recipe because they are currently in season and so hard to resist.

But feel free to use any type of pear you want. Also, feel free to add more to this salad! I only used one pear but I think you could easily add two if you want even more pear in there.

I also love pomegranate seeds this time of year and LOVE eating them with veggies, and not just on salads. They taste great on roasted veggies. This Roasted Acorn Squash with Pomegranate and Pistachios recipe by A Dash of Megnut is exactly how I love using pomegranate seeds with veggies this time of year.

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This salad is totally adaptable to you. It’s great with some grilled chicken on top. It’s also great with or without goat cheese.

As you can tell by my recent posts, I’ve been adding more goat cheese in my life. I think with my pregnancy my body has been more drawn to eating primal rather than paleo, so this is being reflected in my recipes.

It’s funny because when you are pregnant your body definitely lets you know what it needs. And I’m not talking about crazy cravings, I’m talking about what it needs nutrition-wise.

I’ve been drawn to fruits and vegetables more than ever before. I’ve also been eating wayyyyy more protein than usual. And on top of that, I’ve been needing dairy products.

I have bought yogurt, and cheeses and I felt like my body has really been needing this form of calcium.

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Super random, but my hair was falling out a lot. I had heard that women get lustrous thick hair while pregnant and so I was wondering what the deal was. Then my sister told me this happened to her until she added more dairy into her diet.

I did a bit of research and found that other women have been in the same boat.

So I have added more dairy products and more leafy greens to my diet and my hair has stopped falling out. Soo long story short, I have been adding goat cheese to my salads. Often. And I love it!

But if you need to be dairy-free or strict paleo, leave it out! This recipe is delicious without it.

Have a happy rest of the week! And enjoy Thanksgiving!

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Pear, Pomegranate, and Almond Arugula Salad (Paleo, GF)

Servings: 6 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 bosc pear, , sliced
  • 2 ounces crumbled goat cheese, (omit to keep dairy-free and strict Paleo)
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs tarragon vinegar
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp herbes de provence

Instructions

  • Add baby arugula, pomegranate seeds, sliced almonds, sliced bosc pears, and crumbled goat cheese (optional) to a large bowl and mix.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, tarragon vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, pepper and herbes de provence until the dressing thickens.
  • Pour most of the dressing on top of the salad and mix. 
  • Recipe should serve 6 as side salads.
Author: Dominique | Perchance to Cook