Need a fun and healthy salad recipe to stay on track as the decade winds down and we celebrate the holiday season? We’ve got you covered with this Holiday Medley Salad. This dish is packed with so many scrumptious and festive holiday flavors, topped off with our All-Sass grape nectar dressing! This is the perfect recipe to tap into the #GreenerSide of life!
BLEND USED: All-Sass California Grape Nectar
Tasting attributes: All-Sass Grape Nectar adds a bright and floral sweetness that beautifully compliments the tang of the ginger, lemon, dijon, and vinegar in the dressing.
Our latest recipe is a fun twist on Cookie and Kate's Blog Pomegranate & Pear Green Salad! We have changed up the salad dressing to incorporate our All-Sass grape nectar in the place of the maple syrup or honey it calls for. We found that the delicious pomegranate, pear, and pecan flavors of this salad are amplified by doing so!
The dressing of this salad is the absolute highlight of the dish. That being said, we sought to make the dressing as delicious as possible by adding our All-Sass grape nectar blend to the dressing. The All-Sass blend enhances the other ingredients of the dressing with its floral notes. It also compliments the pomegranates in the salad with its citrus undertone from the riesling wine grapes it is made from. In addition to all of this, the grape nectar brings out the natural sugars of the apple and pears in this salad. The pecans balance out the sweetness and add texture to pull it all together into one harmonious and flavorsome salad.
Aside from elevating the overall flavor of the salad, adding grape nectar proves to be a healthier alternative to maple syrup or honey. By comparison, grape nectar has half the sugar of honey and half the glycemic index of honey and maple syrup. You will feel even better about dressing your greens knowing that you have made the healthier choice of substituting for our natural sweetener!
No need to be intimidated by this recipe. Yes, there are a lot of different ingredients and it may seem complex, however the salad is super easy to prepare and assemble! Be sure to check out some helpful tips on preparing the ingredients of this salad here. The recipe makes a large portion, which is perfect for a holiday dinner party or to meal prep throughout the week.
Our favorite aspect of this recipe is that it promotes health and holds many of the holiday flavors we love! With this salad, there is no need to sacrifice those holiday cravings in place of health. We are sure that after trying this salad, you will be adding it to your holiday menu for years to come! Stay on the #GreenerSide this holiday season by making this easy, delicious, and festive dressing and salad combo.
HOLIDAY MEDLEY SALAD
- ½ cup raw pecans (halves or pieces)
- 5 ounces baby arugula
- 2 ounces (about ½ cup) goat cheese or feta, crumbled
- 1 large ripe Bartlett pear, thinly sliced
- 1 Honeycrisp or Gala apple, thinly sliced
- Seeds from 1 pomegranate
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, to taste
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon All-Sass California Grape Nectar
- 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Slice all apples and pears and remove seeds from the pomegranate for the salad.
- Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl with pecans, goat cheese, and arugula.
- Whisk together all dressing components in a small bowl.
- Drizzle over the salad and enjoy!
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