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Salads for a Holiday Dinner Part 2- Mixed Greens with Asian Pear, Spiced Pecans, Pomegranate and Blue Cheese

By on Jan 9, 2013, 2:54 pm in Small Pleasures Catering | 2 comments

Holiday Salad with Asian Pears, Pomegrante Seeds Spiced Pecans and Blue Cheese


In Part 1 of this series, I said that I offered two salads at my family’s Christmas dinner this year- one a preset Roasted Beet and Burratta Salad and one on the buffet. BTW, it’s often the case at buffet parties I cater that there will be two or more salads offered. I guess we Southern Californians are just salad eaters.

The second salad I served, this Mixed Baby Greens with Asian Pear, Pomegranate Seeds, Spiced Pecans and Blue Cheese, is one that became a favorite for me during last year’s holiday sesaon. We served a couple of variations of it again and again. I have been captivated by pomegranate seeds in salads for quite a while now, but became captivated by Asian pears about a year ago. Blue cheese has always been a favorite of mine, and then when my sous chef, Rob Lawrence, began making killer spiced pecans- well, a star was born.

I use Maggie’s Farm’s delicious Stellar Mix (available at the Santa Monica farmers’ markets) for this salad. The mix contains an abundance of all sorts of herbs and flower petals, which I find especially festive for the holidays.


Mixed Baby Greens with Asian Pear, Spiced Pecans, Pomegranate and Blue Cheese


  • 8 ounces mixed baby greens
  • 1 large Asian pear, sliced into thin wedges
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 4 ounces spiced pecans
  • 4 ounces Point Reyes blue cheese, or other artisanally made blue cheese
  • @ 1/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. to taste
  1. Toss together the salad greens, Asian pear slices and pomegranate seeds with @1/3 cup of the balsamic vinaigrette.
  2. Sprinkle with the spiced pecans and blue cheese. Add sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.


Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Place mustard and balsamic vinaigrette in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk in olive oil in a slow steady stream until an emulsion forms.


Yield: Serves @ 8





  1. Looks delicious, Giselle. I will have to try it.

    Avatar Bev

    January 13, 2013

  2. Yummy. Would love to try it! 🙂

    Avatar Miaa

    January 14, 2013

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