Fall Fest: Spinach Pomegranate Salad with Apples and Walnuts

Spinach Pomegranate Salad with Apples and Walnuts

Fall has finally arrived here in California, bringing thunder, rain, and the cooler temperatures I’ve been waiting for.  While these cool gray skies have me dreaming of hearty soups and warm baked goods, the theme this week for Fall Fest is fall salads.  I’ll save the soup-making and bread-baking for next week since my kitchen is still only half unpacked – an easy fall salad was the perfect thing for me to make this week.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Spinach Pomegranate Salad with Apples and Walnuts

4 cups baby spinach leaves
1 apple, cored and chopped
1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
1/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup pomegranate vinaigrette (recipe below)

Toss all ingredients in a large bowl.  Serve immediately.  Yield: 4 servings.

Pomegranate Vinaigrette

1/2 cup pomegranate juice (I used POM Wonderful)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil (any neutral-flavored oil will do)
salt, to taste
fresh ground black pepper, to taste

In a medium bowl, whisk together pomegranate juice, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and honey.  Slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking constantly, until it’s all incorporated.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Yield: approximately 1 1/4 cups.

How You Can Join Fall Fest 2010

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Contribute a whole post, or a comment—whatever you wish. It’s meant to be fun, viral, fluid. No pressure, just delicious. Simply leave your tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below a Fall Fest post on my blog, and then go visit my collaborators and do the same.

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Or think bigger: Publish entire posts of your own, if you wish, and grab the Fall Fest 2010 pumpkin badge (illustrated by Matt of Matt Bites).

Summer/Fall Fest 2010 Posting Schedule

7/28: Cukes and Zukes
8/4: Corn
8/11: Herbs, Greens, and Beans
8/18: Stone Fruit – I missed this one!
8/25: Tomatoes
9/1: Sweet and Spicy Peppers
9/8: Garlic
9/15: White (or colorful “white”…but not sweet) Potatoes
9/22: Spinach
9/29: Apples
10/6: Fall Salads
10/13: Pumpkin + Winter Squash
10/20: Pears
10/27: “Mad Stash” (as in what you’re shoving in freezer/jars/dehydrator, etc.)
11/3: Root veggies
11/10: Brassicas: incl. Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage or other
11/17: Sweet Potatoes
11/24: Bounty to Be Grateful For

Other Fall Fest Attendees Celebrating Fall Salads:

  1. Amy

    Looks like a nice salad and I love the pomegranate seeds!

    Here’s my Fall Fest salad with grilled apples, shallots, and shredded brussel sprouts with a maple-mustard vinaigrette: http://savorymomentsblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/grilled-apple-salad-with-maple-mustard.html

    3:29 am  Oct 6th, 2010
  2. Julie Church

    Here is one of my favorite fall salads.

    Apple-Pear Salad


    1 (16 oz.) package Romaine lettuce, washed and broken into bite-size pieces
    1 (6 oz.) block Swiss cheese, grated
    1 C cashews
    1/2 C sweetened dried cranberries
    1 large apple, chopped and rinsed in lemon water to keep from turning brown
    1 large pear, chopped and rinsed in lemon water to keep from turning brown
    Poppy Seed Salad Dressing (recipe below)


    Toss together all ingredients in a large bowl. Yield: 6-8 servings.

    Poppy Seed Salad Dressing


    1/2 C sugar
    2/3 C oil
    1/4 C vinegar
    1 t mustard
    1 t salt
    1-2 t poppy seeds


    Place in jar and shake to combine.

    4:09 am  Oct 6th, 2010
  3. Patricia Scarpin

    I love pomegranate and it goes so well in salads, Nic! This is colorful and fresh – delicious!

    5:09 am  Oct 6th, 2010
  4. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday

    Wow, this looks so delicious!

    I love pomegranate in salads. It gives a nice sweet crunch

    5:16 am  Oct 6th, 2010
  5. Lynda@MeandMyPinkMixer

    What a beautiful salad! Definitely printing out the Pomegranate Vinaigrette recipe ~ sounds delish.

    5:34 am  Oct 6th, 2010
  6. Gina @ skinnytaste

    Who doesn’t love a Pomegranate Martini!! Made with Pom Wondferful. Here’ the link!! http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/03/pomegranate-martinis-and-giveaway.html

    6:42 am  Oct 6th, 2010
  7. pierre

    It looks good for health. I want to eat it.

    6:52 am  Oct 6th, 2010
  8. sandhya/vegetarianirvana

    Tasty health in a plate! Some salad topping ideas at

    6:59 am  Oct 6th, 2010
  9. Ranjani

    Looks good – I love pomegranate! This week I made a beet and apple salad:

    7:05 am  Oct 6th, 2010
  10. Roxan

    This salad looks wonderful. I love adding fruits to my salads also!

    7:28 am  Oct 6th, 2010
  11. the blissful baker

    what a healthy and tasty looking fall salad! the pomegranate vinaigrette sounds lovely, too.

    7:32 am  Oct 6th, 2010
  12. Purple Cook

    For Fall Fest:
    This simple Arugula and Mustard Salad captures the taste of fall.

    7:36 am  Oct 6th, 2010
  13. Kathleen

    Looks so beautiful and tasty. My contribution is one of all time favorite salads that I first enjoyed in Paris.

    8:31 am  Oct 6th, 2010
  14. maria

    Gorgeous salad and perfect for fall!

    8:37 am  Oct 6th, 2010
  15. chef-renee

    I know what I’m having for lunch!

    8:43 am  Oct 6th, 2010
  16. Rachel

    Looks great! The salad I made for Fall Fest has Apples and Walnuts in i too. I love spinach salads…

    Fall Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and Stilton

    9:28 am  Oct 6th, 2010
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  18. Anne Marie

    Somehow, fall salads are always pleasantly surprising to me. I like this one with wheat berries and roasted fall vegetables http://themessyapron.blogspot.com/2010/01/resolutions.html

    12:13 pm  Oct 6th, 2010
  19. Alta

    Oh that looks great! A salad like this for lunch would brighten my day.

    1:32 pm  Oct 6th, 2010
  20. Julie

    Your salad looks beautiful! Looks like the pomegranates make a wonderful addition.
    To capture the tastes of autumn i made an Endive, Apple, & Walnut salad. You can see the recipe here….http://theavocadopit.blogspot.com/2010/10/endive-apple-walnut-salad.html

    3:27 pm  Oct 6th, 2010
  21. ~Chef Louise

    we were on the same page, did you see my last post? i made a pomegranate molasses vinaigrette- i’m loving our cooler weather too… until this weekend?
    ~Chef Louise

    7:46 pm  Oct 6th, 2010
  22. Jodi

    I love pomegranates! I use to sneak them off the neighbor’s tree as a kid and eat them all the time. My favorite jam/jelly is pomegranate! Now I want a tree in my backyard! Beautiful post as usual Nicole. 🙂

    6:01 am  Oct 7th, 2010
  23. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    I love your awesome salad combination. I am bookmarking this! My post for Fall Fest is http://www.ingredientsinc.net/2010/10/fall-fest-fall-salad-black-eyed-pea-salad-over-arugula/

    8:46 am  Oct 7th, 2010
  24. DessertForTwo

    Isn’t the weather in Cali gorgeous lately? We’re so lucky!

    10:19 am  Oct 7th, 2010
  25. Sherry

    Simple and wonderful!

    1:29 pm  Oct 7th, 2010
  26. napa farmhouse 1885/diane

    i am so late to the party, but i posted a recipe for roasted beet, fig and orange salad. the figs and oranges are roasted too… http://napafarmhouse1885.blogspot.com/2010/10/have-you-ever-roasted-oranges-and.html

    8:45 pm  Oct 9th, 2010
  27. Joe @ Eden Kitchen

    What a gorgeous looking salad, totally my kind of food. Cheers!

    11:04 am  Oct 10th, 2010
  28. The Teacher Cooks

    Tonight I made arugula, walnuts, goat cheese and beets. Fantastic salad! I love yours!

    7:05 pm  Oct 10th, 2010
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  30. Free Recipes Online

    wow that salad looks so wonderful. I’ve never added apples to my salad before but I bet it taste great. I’ll try this one out as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    11:14 am  Oct 12th, 2010
  31. Briana

    Please try out my harvest orzo salad for a healthy and hearty fall entertaining dish: http://kitchenjourneys.com/2010/10/12/harvest-orzo-salad/

    12:01 pm  Oct 12th, 2010
  32. tom

    makes me want to give up meat, well almost, tom

    2:49 pm  Oct 12th, 2010
  33. Soma

    I am having baby spinach still in my yard, not enough to cook, but good for this delicious salad. Thanks for the idea Nicole. I will be adding some legumes to it for a meal.

    5:52 am  Oct 14th, 2010
  34. A Canadian Foodie

    Fantastic salad with POMEGRANATES. YUM! Do your readers know where you are right now?

    3:45 pm  Oct 14th, 2010
  35. rebecca

    wow lovely salad

    9:19 pm  Oct 14th, 2010
  36. Kristy

    Great salad, going to have to try this soon!!

    6:09 pm  Oct 16th, 2010
  37. A Canadian Foodie

    Can’t wait to read your posts about the pom harvest! Wonderful site!

    9:44 am  Oct 17th, 2010
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  39. Soma

    Thanks for the inspiration! Used my yard spinach and a made a similar salad. Posted it! Love it!

    3:05 pm  Oct 22nd, 2010
  40. Michelle @ Taste As You Go

    This salad looks too beautiful to eat! I love the pop of color from the pomegranate seeds!

    8:08 am  Oct 23rd, 2010
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  42. tanya


    Prepared this wonderful salad for my office party, its was a hit! The blue cheese really gives it a nice kick! Next time I will add some grill chicken to create a nice light lunch for myself ;0)!!! Thanks for sharing.

    8:03 am  Nov 3rd, 2010
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  47. whole food health

    its really yummy and healthy salad,pomegranate wow .

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    For the sweet potato theme:


    9:03 am  Nov 10th, 2011
  49. sadaf

    Dear Nicole
    I made ur recipe today ,but it was too sweet :((( and i dont know why ,what is ur idea to make it a little better??

    4:54 am  Oct 6th, 2012
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