This pomegranate salad has been a family-favorite salad recipe at Thanksgiving and Christmas events for years! It’s such a simple salad made with pomegranate seeds and a creamy garlic ranch dressing. I even got my mother-in-law hooked on this pomegranate salad recipe!

easy and simple pomegranate salad

Pomegranate trees harvest and are in season from the end of September through the cold December months. If you see pomegranates for sale grab them, these fruits aren’t available year-round! 

Pomegranate Salad

This is the only pomegranate salad recipe I make when pomegranates are in season! Perhaps the easy-to-make approach got me coming back to this one quite frequently. It takes minutes to dress up the greens and mix together a homemade pomegranate salad dressing!

I love that this salad works with the basic veggie add-ins like tomato and cucumbers without the need of running to the store to pick up fancy cheeses, fruit, or specific greens and nuts. The sweet and tart pomegranate seeds burst with flavor in this creamy garlicky ranch dressing (that is so easy to make!)

My cousin Elena raved about this delicious salad recipe she had at a Moldovains lady’s house and sure enough, I knew what the hype was about when I took a bite! Since then it has become one of my favorite salads (originally published back in 2016 here on the blog.)

This salad is great for entertaining and appears like it took hours to make without the actual labor! Spread over a red serving dish for an extra festive red and green salad and for a beautiful appearance, leave chunks of embedded seeds on the skin. It will look like a fine dining salad!  

Q&A

What Does Pomegranate Arils Mean?

An aril is a seed covering lining over pomegranate seeds. This soft lining can be removed from the seeds easily and protects the red fleshy seeds inside the pomegranate pod.  

How To Remove Arils From a Pomegranate?

An easy and clean way to remove arils is to cut pomegranates into big chunks (quartered or halved.) Then place chunks into a large bowl of water, using your fingers, gently rub the white lining off the seeds.  This is a great way to peel the fruit without getting pomegranate juice everywhere.  

How To Make Pomegranate Salad?

No worries you won’t need pears, apples, or specialty cheeses for this pomegranate salad! I like to use basic veggies but if you have walnuts or goat cheese add them in. Bring this as a Christmas salad when you’re in charge of a side dish it’s easy to make and delicious!

  • To Begin: Start by washing and patting dry all the veggies.
  • Arrange the chopped lettuce over a serving platter. 
  • Top with onions, tomato, cucumber. Feel free to add additional vegetables like bell peppers.
  • Using a sharp knife quarter the pomegranate into four chunks. Carefully remove the aril lining and garnish the bed of greens with pomegranate seeds. 
  • Next, make the dressing; combine the pressed garlic, mayonnaise, sour cream, and spices. 
  • Toss the salad with the homemade ranch dressing right before serving. 

Note: This salad keeps well ahead of time, simply layer the veggies on a serving dish and keep refrigerated separately until serving. 

 

Ingredients Needed:

This salad revolves around in-season pomegranate fruit. Mix and match veggies you have available to dress the greens and the homemade ranch dressing takes minutes to make.

For extra protein add in leftover grilled meat like chicken or roast to make a dinner salad. 

Ingredients:

  • Green Lettuce- choose leafy green lettuce or romaine. However, a variety of kale, spinach, and an arugula mix will work. 
  • Pomegranate- use half of a pomegranate, for one head of romaine lettuce. 
  • Cucumber- 2 small cucumbers or half of an English cucumber. 
  • Tomatoes- slice one large tomato or use 1/2 cup of halved cherry tomatoes. 
  • Onion- a purple onion adds color to a green salad. Use a sweet white onion if needed. 
  • Salad Dressing- this homemade ranch dressing is made with equal parts of mayo and sour cream. I add an all-purpose Greek seasoning that is an all-in-one spice, so, there is no need to add salt and pepper. 

Note: add any vegetables you have on hand to throw this salad together! Make with a vinaigrette for a lighter salad. 

Storing Pomegranate Seeds?

Peeled and seeded pomegranates can keep in the refrigerator for up to a week in an air-tight container. To store pomegranates longer, keep the whole pomegranate in the fridge for up to 1 month. 

Can you Freeze Pomegranates?

Pomegranate seeds can be frozen for up to a year to use later as a cake decoration! First, remove the arils and pomegranate seeds from the fruit. Spread into a single layer over parchment paper and flash freeze for 2 hours. Transfer into air-tight freezer bags and freeze up to 1 year in a deep freezer. 

How To Make Ahead Pomegranate Salad?

Are you hosting a family dinner or gathering? This salad works perfectly for busy holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas! Simply arrange greens over a serving dish and top with all the other chopped veggies and pomegranate seeds. Make and store the dressing separately and when you are ready to serve coat it in the prepared salad dressing before serving. 

What Greens To Use?

The best lettuce for pomegranate salad is leafy green lettuce. Lettuce heads like romaine, arugula, and even iceberg lettuce would work. However, vibrant greens pair very nicely with the red pomegranate seeds. 

What To Serve With Pomegranate Salad?

Pomegranate salad makes a great side dish for any meal, to turn it into dinner simply add meat for a filling meal. Here are some more sides or dinner ideas: 

   

Handy Tools To Make Salad With Pomegranate Seeds:

BEST Salad Preparation Tips:

  1. To Prep salad ahead of time, cut up all the veggies and arrange them on a serving dish. Quarter and leave the pomegranate seeds intact with the skin until serving. Keep salad dressing separately and coat before serving. 
  2. Serve salad on a red plate for Christmas dinner for a pop of color. 
  3. Can make the pomegranate salad dressing 3 days in advance. 
  4. To remove pomegranate arils submerge in a bowl of water and gently rub off the arils from the red seeds. 

More Holiday Salad Recipes To Try:

How To Make Easy Pomegranate Salad:

Pomegranate Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Alyona's Cooking
This pomegranate salad has been a family-favorite salad recipe at Thanksgiving and Christmas events for years! It's such a simple salad made with pomegranate seeds and a creamy garlic ranch dressing. I even got my mother-in-law hooked on this pomegranate salad recipe!

Equipment

  • Salad serving platter
  • tongs

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 pomegranate (seeded)
  • 2 cucumbers (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1/4 purple onion (thinly sliced)

Homemade Ranch Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3/4 tsp Greek seasoning (Cavender's all-purpose Greek Seasoning)

Instructions

Directions:

  • how to make homemade ranch dressing for pomegranate salad
    Whisk together the salad dressing ingredients and refrigerate until needed.
  • how to make salad with pomegranate seeds
    Arrange greens over a salad plate and top with the veggies. Store in the refrigerator until needed or toss with the dressing before serving.

Notes

  • Greek Seasoning can be found in most grocery stores like Walmart. To omit use salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Milk* dilute the dressing with milk or the liquid from the sour cream. 
  • Use a large tomato instead of cherry tomatoes. 
  • Mix and Match greens

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1servingCalories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 61mgPotassium: 282mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 490IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg

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