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Pomegranate Avocado Salad with Candied Walnuts | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest
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Pomegranate Avocado Salad with Candied Walnuts

The thing I love most about this salad is the use of my favorite seasonal fruits, pomegranates and persimmons, creamy avocado, sweet and spicy walnuts, and my favorite blue cheese. It's a simple salad, but it is also full of bold flavors and so many textures.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blue cheese salad, quick recipe, winter salad
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 555kcal
Author: halfbakedharvest

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 cups mustard greens or mixed greens
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 2 persimmons, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • arils from 1-2 pomegranates
  • 6 ounces blue cheese, crumbed (or goat cheese or feta)

Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the walnuts to the baking sheet and toss with the maple syrup, cayenne and a pinch of salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring 2-3 time throughout cooking until the walnuts are toasted and golden. Remove from the oven and spread the walnuts in one layer. Allow to cool.
    2. Add the greens to a large bowl. Add the persimmons, avocado, pomegranate arils, walnuts, and blue cheese. Give the salad a gentle toss.
    3. To make the vinaigrette, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pomegranate juice, orange zest, and a pinch each of salt an pepper in a bowl or glass jar. Drizzle the dressing over the salad or serve along side the salad. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 555kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 420mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 945IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 222mg | Iron: 1.7mg