Healthy Pear Salad with Pomegranates and Blue Cheese

Healthy Pear Salad with Pomegranates and Blue Cheese - Christiann Koepke

Just home from my overseas trip to Norway, and all I want to do is eat endless amounts of veggies and fruits; keen to do a little post–travel detox! This healthy pear salad is the perfect one to splurge on, full of winter-worthy vegetables and fruits like pomegranates, grapes, and blueberries. I’ve found it quite filling actually, especially when you add in avocado and enjoy it with some crisp crackers, or a seeded slice of bread with fresh butter. It makes the perfect workday lunch, or evening side for a main dish.

But have I mentioned yet how great it feels to be home? These last few days before my return I was so eager to be back; in my own bed and my own kitchen…perhaps it’s because I recently moved into my new place, and only started feeling slightly settled before I left town for 3 weeks.

Healthy Pear Salad with Pomegranates and Blue Cheese - Christiann Koepke

Traveling is so beautiful, as you consistently find yourself so many different environments – all changing, all new, which I LOVE! But at the same time, after a few weeks away from home, I find that I really miss my own space. Of course this is most realized when in flight, squished in between strangers (enjoying the wonderful plane food of course 😉 ).

My return flight from Oslo ended up being over 13 hours straight, due to 2 ½ hours in the plane on the ground before we even took off. Talk about learning patience, haha! It was all worth it though (in the end of course).

So…as I said, so good to be home. Looking forward to a slower next couple of months, time to settle in and focus on the redesign of my new place. Stay tuned for more interior work, I have some exciting things in the work and can’t wait to share!!

Healthy Pear Salad with Pomegranates and Blue Cheese - Christiann Koepke

Healthy Pear Salad with Pomegranates and Blue Cheese - Christiann Koepke

 

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Healthy Pear Salad with Pomegranates and Blue Cheese

Makes 1 large main course salad for 1, or a side dish for 2 

Ingredients

  • 3 bunches ( handfuls) of mixed greens
  • 3 stems ( approx. 15 leaves) fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red pear, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 c. grapes, sliced in half
  • 1/4 c. pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 c. blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon infused olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fig salad dressing I recommend something like this)
  • pinch sea salt
  • blue cheese, crumbled
  • avocado (optional)

Instructions

Prepare mixed greens and mint by rinsing and patting dry.  In a large bowl, toss greens, mint, onions, almonds, pears, grapes, blueberries and seeds. In a small bowl, combine oils, dressing and salt. Toss the dressing mixture into the salad bowl and top with blue cheese (and avocado if you wish).  Serve immediately.

Healthy Pear Salad with Pomegranates and Blue Cheese - Christiann Koepke

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