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Roasted Sweet Potato, Pear & Pomegranate Spinach Salad

Beautiful and festive roasted sweet potato, pear and pomegranate spinach salad with creamy goat cheese, toasted pecans and a tangy balsamic dressing! Perfect for the holidays.

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

pomegranate spinach salad in a bowl with a title underneath

It’s another day, and another very #AmbitiousThanksgiving recipe. I call this recipe the Zac Efron Salad. It’s sexy, sweet, savory, feel-good and definitely delicious enough to put on your Thanksgiving table. In fact, it may just sing to you and give you a six pack. Zac, you sure know how to treat a lady good.

pomegranate spinach salad in a bowl with a pomegranate and a pear in the background

By the way, I know I haven’t been writing much in blog posts lately, but we’re still working through our new site (it’s been SO time consuming and frustrating), but good news is that we hope to have it up and running by the end of the year!

Which means a new website for you to explore, discover and most importantly a better mobile experience.

On a good note, I’m super excited about this beautiful salad. A little green is an absolute MUST during the week before and after Thanksgiving too, and in my opinion a delicious spinach salad can do no wrong.

pomegranate spinach salad with pears and sweet potatoes in a bowl with two spoons

I do have to be completely honest with you though: I first made this salad last winter, but forgot about it in my recipe drafts and then time went too quickly (as it always does) and pears were no longer seasonal, so I decided to wait until now to post. WHAT A NAUGHTY GIRL.

But hey, it’s finally here in all it’s glory and I’m very excited for you to make it.

pomegranate spinach salad with pears and sweet potato in a bowl next to a pear and half of a pomegranate

What ingredients are in this pomegranate spinach salad?

The recipe is a combination of my favorite seasonal fruits and veggies: roasted sweet and savory sweet potatoes (or you can use butternut squash), juicy ripe pears (they’re the best this time of year), gorgeous pomegranates, crunchy toasted pecans, goat cheese, and a very delicious balsamic dressing. All over a bed of nutritious spinach.

It’s a salad that you can feel good about eating, but definitely doesn’t sacrifice flavor.

I hope you love this salad. It’s festive and delicious — enjoy! xo.

pomegranate spinach salad with pears and sweet potato in a bowl

See how to make the pomegranate spinach salad:

If you get a chance to make this salad, let me know by leaving a comment and rating the recipe below! 

More healthy salad recipes to try:

Winter Roasted Butternut Squash Black Lentil Salad with Grapes + Arugula

Curry Roasted Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato & Arugula Salad with Turmeric Honey Mustard Yogurt Dressing

Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Kale Salad with Apple, Gorgonzola & Candied Pecans

Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Toasted Almonds + Goat Cheese

Roasted Sweet Potato, Pear & Pomegranate Spinach Salad

4.86 from 7 votes
Course Gluten Free, Grain Free, Lunch, Salad, Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Vegetarian
Keyword pomegrante spinach salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Serves 6
Beautiful and festive roasted sweet potato, pear and pomegranate spinach salad with creamy goat cheese, toasted pecans and a tangy balsamic dressing! Perfect for the holidays.

Ingredients

  • For the sweet potatoes:
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into ½ cubes (can also use cubed butternut squash)
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (or coconut sugar or maple syrup)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • For the pecans:
  • ½ cup pecans
  • For the salad:
  • 2 (6 ounce) bags organic spinach (about 8-10 cups spinach)
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds, from 1 pomegranate
  • 2 medium ripe bartlett pears, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup goat cheese (or can use feta)
  • For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, brown sugar, minced garlic, cinnamon and cayenne. Place the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and pour mixture over the top. Season with salt and pepper and toss well to coat. Roast for 20-30 minutes until sweet potatoes are fork-tender, tossing a bit halfway through. They should get a little crispy on the edges.
  2. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, you can toast the pecans on the stovetop: Add pecans to a pan and place over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 2-5 minutes until pecans are fragrant and slightly golden brown on edges. Remove from heat and transfer to a cutting board. After a few minutes, chop the pecans into big pieces. Set aside.
  3. In a mason jar or small bowl, add all of the dressing ingredients. Shake or mix well to combine. Taste and add additional salt/pepper, if necessary.
  4. In a large bowl, add the spinach, pomegranate seeds, pear slices, and cooked sweet potatoes. Top with toasted pecans and goat cheese crumbles. Drizzle with desired amount of dressing, then toss to coat. Add to bowls and serve with extra pecans and goat cheese, if desired.

Recipe Notes

If you are serving this to a crowd/gathering, I recommend layering it on a platter. First add spinach, sweet potatoes, pear, pomegranate. Drizzle with dressing, then top with pecans and goat cheese. Do not toss together.

To make dairy free: Leave off the goat cheese.

To make vegan: Leave off goat cheese and use pure maple syrup in the dressing instead of honey.

Nutrition
Servings: 6 servings
Serving size: 1 serving
Calories: 312.5kcal
Fat: 20.8g
Saturated fat: 5.4g
Carbohydrates: 30.9g
Fiber: 5.6g
Sugar: 14.8g
Protein: 4.9g

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