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This Winter Pomegranate Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts and Balsamic Fig Vinaigrette is my go-to “house” salad. I make it on repeat all winter long. Baby arugula, mixed greens, juicy pomegranates, sweet and spicy maple roasted walnuts, and plenty of crumbled goat cheese. All tossed together with a delicious balsamic fig vinaigrette for a salad that’s simple to put together, healthy, and pairs perfectly with just about any meal. You’ll never tire of this beautiful winter salad.

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I’m not sure why winter gets such a bad rap when it comes to produce. Pomegranates alone are reason enough to LOVE the fall and winter produce seasons. I mean, right?

Yes, yes, correct.

Clearly, I am overly excited about this salad. It has been my go-to winter salad for over four years, and I make it ALL. THE. TIME!

This is also my staple Christmas Salad. I usually end up making it for both Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner. It’s just so simple to throw together, plus it pairs well with everything and is so delicious.

Also? This salad is truly a combination of my favorite foods…greens, pomegranate arils, roasted walnuts, and goat cheese.

walnuts on baking sheet

Here is how I make my simple winter salad.

Start with the walnuts and toss them together with maple syrup, cinnamon, and cayenne. These are my healthier take on candied walnuts, and they’re every bit as addicting as they sound. Perfectly sweet, hinted with cinnamon, and just a touch spicy too. Finish these off with flaky sea salt to seal the deal.

While the walnuts are baking in the oven, toss together the salad base. I like to use a blend of baby arugula and mixed winter greens…usually baby kale and baby spinach. Next add in plenty of pomegranate arils. The pomegranate arils are the heart of the salad, so be generous. To make things incredibly easy, I love using POM POMS Fresh Pomegranate Arils. They come already deseeded in a convenient package of ready-to-eat pomegranate arils. The lack of preparation needed makes the enjoyment of these pomegranates that much better.

Plus, adding the POM POMS arils to my salad adds a ruby red pop of color and a sweet burst of flavor – which you all know I LOVE.

Once you’ve added the pomegranates, crumble over some creamy goat cheese and the base of your salad will be complete.

pomegranates and citrus on cutting board

The vinaigrette…

This is my favorite, and only has three simple ingredients, extra virgin oil, balsamic vinegar, and fig preserves.

It’s the perfect balance of savory, tangy, and sweet. I love tossing my simple winter salad with this vinaigrette for the perfect finish. It makes every bite that much more delicious.

pomegranates being pour over Winter Pomegranate Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts

As said, I’ve been making this salad for years, but yet I still look forward to it every single December. And, it’s my most requested salad. Even my brothers enjoy this one. When the brothers enjoy something, especially a green something, you know it’s got to be a VERY GOOD recipe.

So with that, I’m hoping you all give this delicious winter salad a try.

My suggestion? Include this in your holiday menu. It’s so easy to toss together, and yes, it’s loved by everyone! Enjoy. Enjoy!

PS. looking for something similar-ish winter salad but with beets? Try this winter beet and pomegranate salad with maple candied pecans and balsamic citrus dressing.

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If you make this winter salad with maple candied walnuts, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Winter Pomegranate Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 589 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Balsamic Fig Dressing


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the walnuts with the maple syrup, cinnamon, crushed red pepper, and salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring twice throughout cooking, until the walnuts are toasted. Remove from the oven and spread the walnuts in one layer. Sprinkle with flaky salt.
    2. Add the greens to a large salad bowl. Add the POM POMS, oranges (if using), cranberries, goat cheese, and walnuts. Gently toss the salad.
    3. To make the dressing. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and shake to combine. Just before serving, drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently toss. Enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made this salad several times and it is always a hit. This time I used strawberries. No oranges, no pomegranate. And I forgot the arugula-I meant to add it but it was as delicious as always. I hope there will be leftovers for tomorrow!!

  2. 5 stars
    Totally worth it to do the walnut prep! Served for Christmas Eve. Seeded a pomegranate. Fig preserve in the dressing is amazing!

  3. I make this salad all year long when I can get pomegranates. I have even used regular oranges, but the blood oranges are best.

  4. Would love to make this for a potluck. Could I prepare the walnuts and dressing separately in advance and keep in the fridge, to then make up on the day?

    1. Hi Jen,
      Totally, that will work well for you! Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xT

  5. 5 stars
    I just made this and it was so damn good!! I did apples and Gorgonzola cheese and it was just the best!! We paired it with steak.

    1. Hey Kendra,
      Amazing!! So glad to hear that this dish turned out well for you, thanks for making it and your feedback! xT

  6. Quick question – I’ll be making this salad for a luncheon and some of the guests don’t like goat cheese – what cheese would you recommend substituting for the goat cheese?


    1. Hi Cara,
      Of course, pecans would be great to use! Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xT

  7. Made this yesterday as a trial for Thanksgiving and it will definitely be on the table as a fresh and delicious salad addition. Carefully watch your walnuts tho as they can burn quickly but they’re so good and nice just for snacking on. The balsamic fig dressing will be a year round fav!

  8. 5 stars
    My dear DiLaw made this for us. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent.
    I got the recipe right after dinner and will be making it myself very soon!

    1. Hey Paula,
      Fantastic!! Thanks so much to your daughter in law for giving this recipe a try, I’m so glad it was delish! Have a great weekend:) xx