Pomegranate Arugula Salad, Apples and Pecans

Easy Pomegranate Arugula Salad Recipe! Healthy pomegranate salad with arugula, apples, and pecans is super easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate arugula salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans. This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils…

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Healthy pomegranate arugula salad with apples and pecans is easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans. This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils and finished with pomegranate salad dressing. This would make an enviable summertime salad recipe as well! #Pomegranatesalad #arugulasalad #pomegranate #salad

Easy Pomegranate Arugula Salad Recipe!

Healthy pomegranate salad with arugula, apples, and pecans is super easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate arugula salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans.

This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils and finished with pomegranate salad dressing. This would make an enviable summertime salad as well! 

If you’re tired of the same old salads every day, it’s time to shake things up with a fresh and vibrant salad that will have you coming back for more. Along with my pomegranate vinaigrette dressing, it’s perfect for a light and refreshing main or side dish. Feel free to add any choice of protein – fish, chicken, or turkey! Give this salad recipe a try today!

Healthy pomegranate arugula salad with apples and pecans is easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans. This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils and finished with pomegranate salad dressing. This would make an enviable summertime salad recipe as well!  #Pomegranatesalad #arugulasalad #pomegranate #salad

Perfect Festive Holiday Salad for Christmas or Thanksgiving

When the holidays roll around, pomegranates, apples, and pecans are everywhere. Make use of them and their colorful displays by incorporating them into this salad. The flavors and textures unite on your palate for a sensational salad you’ll want to eat every day!

Let’s say hello to this spectacular + fancy salad that is light, fruity, and fit for the holidays!

Healthy pomegranate arugula salad with apples and pecans is easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans. This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils and finished with pomegranate salad dressing. This would make an enviable summertime salad recipe as well!  #Pomegranatesalad #arugulasalad #pomegranate #salad

WATCH HOW I MADE THIS RECIPE:

What Is Pomegranate?

You’ve probably walked by pomegranates in your supermarket produce aisle wondering about them. You can’t eat the exterior, but the interior is bursting with arils, seeds that burst with a bright red juice. You’ll find pomegranates in season during winter, though you can find pomegranates in some grocery stores during summer. In fact, this is one salad you can make at any time of year!

For the pomegranate salad dressing, you can use pure pomegranate juice to help you make it in absence of fresh pomegranate fruit. POM Wonderful is one of the brands out there that I like. Personally, I prefer using fresh pomegranate like the one pictured below!

Pomegranates belong to the berry family, known scientifically as Punica granatum; it produces rounded red fruits with plum juicy edible seeds.

Healthy pomegranate recipes

When Should You Not Eat Pomegranate Seeds? 

Pomegranate seeds are safe for most people, but you will want to avoid eating tons of them because the seeds can cause gastrointestinal upset. It’s really rare, but eating excessive amounts of the seeds can block things up in your intestines. If you have chronic constipation, you’re more at risk. That doesn’t mean you can’t eat them though…just watch your intake.

And of course, the juices from the pomegranate will not cause any trouble. You’ll be getting loads of lovely antioxidants and vitamins from this delicious fruit. 

Learn how to cut and seed a pomegranate without water - this easy to follow steps will get you eating pomegranates!

Why You Will Love This Pomegranate Arugula Salad, Apples and Pecans

  • It’s simple to make. 
  • It looks impressive enough to be part of a holiday feast or a formal meal.
  • The textures and flavors are balanced out perfectly to make every bite a delight. 
  • It only takes a few simple ingredients to make. 
  • It’s absolutely delicious!
  • This salad recipe is naturally vegetarian; however, you can add any choice of protein.
  • Perfect easy salad that requires only five ingredients.
  • Beginner cooks can easily make pomegranate arugula salad!
Healthy pomegranate arugula salad with apples and pecans is easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans. This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils and finished with pomegranate salad dressing. This would make an enviable summertime salad recipe as well!  #Pomegranatesalad #arugulasalad #pomegranate #salad

Pomegranate Arugula Salad Recipe Ingredients:

Baby Arugula, pomegranate seeds, apples, roasted pecans, feta cheese
Pomegranate salad dressing not here

How to Make Pomegranate Salad with Arugula and Pecans (Step-by-Step)

Here’s how you can make a salad that everyone will beg to eat! 

  1. Prep pecans

    Follow this instruction to roast your pecans and set aside. Alternatively, you can buy roasted pecans to save time!Super easy air fryer pecans, aka honey roasted pecans, are delicious, crunchy, healthy, and, most importantly, snackable! You only need simple ingredients and your air fryer to make this guilt-free snack that everyone will love! Also, look no further than my air fryer pecans recipe. This air-fried pecans recipe is easy to follow. If you have 20 minutes and raw pecans, then you've got just about everything you need to make air fryer roasted pecans. So if you love roasted pecans, try it now! Air fryer roasted pecans are great as salad toppings and snacks and make a great holiday gift!

  2. Make the Salad Dressing

    Make the pomegranate salad dressing using this recipe, and set aside. On the other hand, you can always use any salad dressing of choice!Easy, tasty, healthy homemade pomegranate salad dressing recipe, aka pomegranate vinaigrette, will effortlessly elevate your salads! This salad dressing recipe is easy to make and uses only a few ingredients available all year round. Pomegranate salad dressing is perfect for all your salads, including holidays or festive salads! Making this simple, refreshing, homemade pomegranate dressing in your blender only takes a few minutes. Also, pomegranate vinaigrette is vegan and gluten-free!

  3. Cut the Apple

    Wash the apple and then slice it up.

  4. Gather and Assemble your Pomegranate Arugula Salad

    Gather all the ingredients and then assemble them all in a big salad bowl. I lay the arugula first then add the slices of apples on top. I toss some pomegranate seeds on top, followed by the feta cheese and roasted pecans.Healthy pomegranate arugula salad with apples and pecans is easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans. This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils and finished with pomegranate salad dressing. This would make an enviable summertime salad recipe as well! #Pomegranatesalad #arugulasalad #pomegranate #salad

  5. Add salad Dressing Before Serving

    Generally, I suggest adding the salad dressing shortly before serving! The pomegranate vinaigrette dressing (or any dressing you choose) should be the last ingredient to add. Then serve and enjoy!Healthy pomegranate arugula salad with apples and pecans is easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans. This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils and finished with pomegranate salad dressing. This would make an enviable summertime salad recipe as well! #Pomegranatesalad #arugulasalad #pomegranate #salad

Tips and Recipe Notes

  • Prep the pecans ahead of making the salad. You can use my roasted pecan recipe.
  • You should also make my pomegranate vinaigrette dressing before you assemble this salad. You can do that while the pecans roast.
  • Always choose the freshest ingredients for your salad for the best flavors!
  • Add the salad dressing shortly before serving/eating.
  • Additionally, you can use another type green if you don’t enjoy arugula! Spinach works well with pomegranates. 
  • If possible, make pecans and salad dressing days ahead especially if planning to make this salad during festive period. 
  • You can use store-bought roasted pomegranate to save time.
  • Use your favorite salad dressing!
Healthy pomegranate arugula salad with apples and pecans is easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans. This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils and finished with pomegranate salad dressing. This would make an enviable summertime salad recipe as well! #Pomegranatesalad #arugulasalad #pomegranate #salad

What to Serve with Pomegranate Salad

 Perfect roast leg of lamb that is extraordinarily juicy, tender, and flavorful—literally the epitome of a flawless roast. This will go amicably well with this festive pomegranate arugula salad!

This roasted lamb leg has the perfect crust on the outside and is extraordinarily juicy, tender, and flavorful inside—literally the epitome of a flawless roast. The best part is that this lamb roast is super easy to make with only a few ingredients. Second, it doesn't require a special marinade. Furthermore, this roast leg of lamb recipe would be fantastic for a Sunday roast, Easter lunch, Christmas dinner, or better still, put this lamb recipe on your Thanksgiving dinner menu. #Roast #Lamb #legoflamb #Christmasrecipe #Holidayrecipe

Healthy Air Fryer Salmon will change your life! This healthy salmon recipe has a crisp outside and flaky + tender inside! Air-fried salmon is flavorful, tasty, light, and perfect with any side dish! 

Air fryer salmon is easy, quick, tasty, and cooks in less than 10 minutes. This best healthy salmon recipe has a crisp outside and flaky + tender inside! Air-fried salmon is flavorful, tasty, light, and perfect with any side dish! This is genuinely the best healthy salmon recipe; also, it is low-carb, keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free! #Salmon #seafood #Airfryersalmon #Fishrecipe #salmonrecipe #healthysalmonrecipe

Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast! Boneless stuffed turkey breast is moist, juicy, tender, and arguably delicious! This simple turkey baked breast recipe is the perfect alternative to a full-size turkey for small families during the holidays!

Take the stress out of your holiday cooking with this easy oven-baked stuffed turkey breast recipe. Oven roasted boneless stuffed turkey breast is moist, juicy, tender, and incredibly delicious! This simple baked turkey breast is the perfect alternative to a full-size turkey for small families during the holidays and beyond. Making turkey breast takes way less time than a whole turkey, and yet very flavorful and perfect for a small gathering! With its crispy skin yet tender on the inside, your whole family is going to love this well-seasoned turkey meat! #turkeybreast #ovenroastedturkey #thanksgivingturkey #bonelessturkeybreast #holidays

These bone-in chicken thighs in the Air Fryer are crispy on the outside and yet very juicy on the inside. Excellent with flavors, easy to cook, and ready in 30 minutes or less. 

These bone in chicken thighs in the Air Fryer are crispy on the outside and yet very juicy on the inside. Air fryer thighs are packed with flavors, easy to cook, and ready in 30 minutes or less. The best part is that you can serve air fryer chicken thighs with just about any main side dish. Relatively, they pair so well with fried rice, cabbage, roasted veggies, salads, and literally any dish as a choice of protein. #Airfryerthighs #Airfryerchicken #Chickenthighrecipe #Airfryerrecipe #Chickenrecipe

Pomegranate Salad FAQs

Can you eat pomegranate seeds in a salad? 

Yes, you absolutely can. You can eat the entire aril that includes the seeds and the juices. 

What is the best combination with pomegranate? 

Many flavors combine well with pomegranate including apple, pear, lemon, grapefruit, arugula, watermelon, tomato, ginger, and mango, to name a few. 

What kind of cheese goes with pomegranate? 

Pomegranate is a match for many cheeses. In this salad, I’ve paired it with feta, though you could use goat cheese, smoked cheddar, or even brie along with pomegranate. 

Do you swallow the pomegranate seeds? 

Yes, you eat the whole aril or seed which includes the little white bit inside and the juicy portion all around it. No need to spit it out…simply chew it up and enjoy!

Can I use pomegranate seeds from a fresh pomegranate? 

Of course! These are safe to eat, though avoid eating the white flesh that surrounds those pretty red arils because it’s bitter. 

What is the best dressing for pomegranate salad?

Well naturally, my pomegranate vinaigrette is the best dressing for this pomegranate arugula salad. You could also use oil and vinegar to keep things simple, but believe me, when you try this dressing, it’s going to be your new favorite salad dressing for this salad and EVERY salad. 

Healthy pomegranate arugula salad with apples and pecans is easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans. This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils and finished with pomegranate salad dressing. This would make an enviable summertime salad recipe as well!  #Pomegranatesalad #arugulasalad #pomegranate #salad

Variations/Substitutions

  • Use a couple different kinds of apples to add a tart and sweet profile.
  • Swap the apples out for pears, another fall holiday fruit that will work in this salad.
  • Instead of feta cheese, you can use goat cheese for a crumbly style cheese or go with brie or smoked cheddar.
  • If you’re vegan, you can simply omit the cheese in this recipe or use vegan cheese as a substitute. 
  • Use a different kind of green.
  • Don’t like pecans? Use walnuts, cashew nuts or pumpkin seeds!
Healthy pomegranate arugula salad with apples and pecans is easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans. This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils and finished with pomegranate salad dressing. This would make an enviable summertime salad recipe as well! #Pomegranatesalad #arugulasalad #pomegranate #salad

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Healthy pomegranate arugula salad with apples and pecans is easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans. This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils and finished with pomegranate salad dressing. This would make an enviable summertime salad recipe as well! #Pomegranatesalad #arugulasalad #pomegranate #salad

Pomegranate Arugula Salad, Apples and Pecans

  • Author: Nkechi Ajaeroh, MPH
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Healthy pomegranate arugula salad with apples and pecans is easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans.

This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils and finished with pomegranate salad dressing. This would make an enviable summertime salad recipe as well!


Ingredients

Scale

Instructions

  1. Prep pecans. Follow this instruction to roast your pecans and set aside. Alternatively, you can buy roasted pecans to save time! Super easy air fryer pecans, aka honey roasted pecans, are delicious, crunchy, healthy, and, most importantly, snackable! You only need simple ingredients and your air fryer to make this guilt-free snack that everyone will love! Also, look no further than my air fryer pecans recipe. This air-fried pecans recipe is easy to follow. If you have 20 minutes and raw pecans, then you've got just about everything you need to make air fryer roasted pecans. So if you love roasted pecans, try it now! Air fryer roasted pecans are great as salad toppings and snacks and make a great holiday gift! 
  2. Make the Salad Dressing. Make the pomegranate salad dressing aka, vinaigrette using this recipe, and set aside. On the other hand, you can always use any salad dressing of choice! Easy, tasty, healthy homemade pomegranate salad dressing recipe, aka pomegranate vinaigrette, will effortlessly elevate your salads! This salad dressing recipe is easy to make and uses only a few ingredients available all year round. Pomegranate salad dressing is perfect for all your salads, including holidays or festive salads! Making this simple, refreshing, homemade pomegranate dressing in your blender only takes a few minutes. Also, pomegranate vinaigrette is vegan and gluten-free! 
  3. Cut the apple. Wash the apple and then slice it up.
  4. Gather and Assemble your Pomegranate Salad. Gather all the ingredients and then assemble them all in a big salad bowl. I lay the arugula first then add the slices of apples on top. I toss some pomegranate seeds on top, followed by the feta cheese and roasted pecans. Healthy pomegranate arugula salad with apples and pecans is easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans. This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils and finished with pomegranate salad dressing. This would make an enviable summertime salad recipe as well! #Pomegranatesalad #arugulasalad #pomegranate #salad 
  5. Add salad Dressing Before Serving. Generally, I suggest adding the salad dressing shortly before serving! The pomegranate vinaigrette dressing (or any dressing you choose) should be the ingredient to add. Then serve and enjoy! Healthy pomegranate arugula salad with apples and pecans is easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans. This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils and finished with pomegranate salad dressing. This would make an enviable summertime salad recipe as well! #Pomegranatesalad #arugulasalad #pomegranate #salad 
  6. WATCH HOW TO MAKE POMEGRANATE ARUGULA SALAD BELOW:

Notes

Prep the pecans ahead of making the salad. You can use my roasted pecan recipe.

You should also make my pomegranate vinaigrette dressing before you assemble this salad. You can do that while the pecans roast.

Always choose the freshest ingredients for your salad for the best flavors!

Add the salad dressing shortly before serving/eating.

Additionally, you can use another type of green if you don’t enjoy arugula! Spinach works well with pomegranates.

If possible, make pecans and salad dressing days ahead, especially if you are planning to make this salad during the festive period.

You can use store-bought roasted pecans to save time.

Use your favorite salad dressing!

This recipe may take a little bit of time if you have to make everything from scratch. I usually make the dressing days ahead.

Keywords: Salad, POM, Pomegranate, Pomegranate Salad, Arugula, Apples. pecans, Holiday Recipe, Thanksgiving, Christmas

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Healthy pomegranate arugula salad with apples and pecans is easy to make, pretty, and perfect for any occasion! My pomegranate salad bursts with delicious flavors from the slightly spiced arugula, sweet and crisp apples, and crunchy pecans. This easy salad is bejeweled with fresh pomegranate seeds or arils and finished with pomegranate salad dressing. This would make an enviable summertime salad recipe as well!  #Pomegranatesalad #arugulasalad #pomegranate #salad

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10 Comments

  1. Love this Pomegranate Arugula Salad Recipe, looks fresh, delicious and easy to make!!! definitely will make it soon for the summer. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Carrie Robinson says:

    Such a simple, yet delicious salad! 🙂 I am definitely going to make this soon.

  3. This salad is so light and refreshing! I absolutely love the homemade dressing as well!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I just love green salads that include fruit! This one is just bursting with fruity flavor. The vinaigrette complements this salad so well too!

  5. This is the ultimate fall recipe! I am so excited for when I can buy pomegranates again to make this recipe, thank you so much for sharing 🙂