Blueberry and Pistachio Spring Salad with Pomegranate – Honey Dressing

Sooo I made you a salad! {that sounded way cooler in my head}

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and…

pomegranate honey dressing

A pretty pink salad dressing too. Would’ya just look at that color? Can you even believe how purty it is? I’ll take nail polish, blush and ballet flats in this color please.

I first had this salad over the past weekend when visiting our good friends. They  just welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world a couple of weeks ago and we were stopping by to see him, hold him and feel those teeny-tiny toes through his pj’s. Okay so that last part is strictly all me, but I can’t help myself when it comes to those baby-toes. We were also asked to be his godparents! Yup… I’m a GODMOTHER! GAH! We couldn’t be more honored and/or excited.

While we were there we scarfed down a delicious lasagna, garlic bread and this ahhhmazing salad.  It was my first go with blueberries and feta in the same salad, but I was intrigued and super duper hungry. And after the first bite I was anxious to share this flavor combo with you.

salad stuff

However I was determined to make the dressing from scratch, because that’s how I do. And I could literally drink this dressing, oh and I plan on doing it too because see that big bottle of POM? IT WAS 10$! I’m no cheapskate but I only needed a quarter cup and wouldn’t you know my grocery store was out of the little bottles which then forced me to buy the ginormous Costco-sized-bottle. It totally figures because that’s what I get for shopping on a Monday. So expect to see a few pom-posts on this here blog in near future.

On another note: when did Costco become a verb… errr adjective… whatever?

fresh lemon juice

Start by squeezing and straining enough lemons to make a quarter cup of juice. For me it was about one and a half lemons, but I always buy extra lemons in case they aren’t very juicy.

pom

Measure out a quarter cup of pomegranate juice and pour that into the container with the lemon juice.

honey

Drizzle in a quarter cup of honey. This will add a little sweetness to the tartness.

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Season with a teaspoon and a quarter of kosher salt.

Pepper Collage

Then I threw some peppercorns into a small baggie and beat the tar out of it, so I could have pretty large pieces of pepper.

pepper

Because the pepper is in large pieces I use a half teaspoon. If you’re using the regular ground stuff, use a quarter teaspoon.

blending

I’m using my immersion blender for this dressing, but you could most certainly make this in a blender or mini food processor.

slowly drizzle olive oil in

With the blender on, I slowly drizzled in a half cup of extra virgin olive oil.

pomegranate honey dressing

It will blend nicely and be slightly creamy. Eventually and very slowly it will separate… but it’s nothing a spoon can’t fix.

Now all that’s left to do is whip up the salad.

rinse blueberries

Rinse about a cup of fresh blueberries.

sliced red onion

Thinly slice up  a red onion.

Feta Collage

Bust up some feta cheese. I just like the finer pieces in my salad.

baby lettuces

Throw some spring greens into a large bowl.

add onion

Toss in the red onion.

blueberries

Feta and blueberries… now that’s a combination I’d never put together. But it so works.

pistachios

Pistachios.

drizzle

And right before serving, drizzle with a few spoonfuls of the pomegranate honey dressing.

toss

Give it a good toss.

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I like to sprinkle my salad with a little more of that cracked black pepper before I start hoofing it in. But that’s just me.

Blueberry & Pistachio Spring Salad with Pomegranate Honey Dressing bite

This salad was such a surprise. I guess I expected the blueberries to be super sweet and then thinking of that mixed with the feta and pomegranate honey dressing… but it was quite the opposite.

This salad works great as a side dish, but for a more complete meal try it with sliced grilled chicken or even salmon would be amazing! And that dressing… is pretty darn awesome, sweet and tangy all wrapped up into one pretty pink color. You guys are going to love this salad I just know it!

Enjoy!

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Blueberry Pistachio Spring Salad with Pomegranate and Honey Dressing

Light, bright and delicious!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

FOR THE POMEGRANATE & HONEY DRESSING:

1/4 cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

1/4 cup Pomegranate Juice

1/4 cup Honey

1-1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper

1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

FOR THE SALAD:

1 pkg Spring Mix Salad Greens

1/2 a medium Red Onion, sliced thin

1 cup Blueberries, washed

Feta Cheese, crumbled small

Pistachios

Pomegranate Honey Dressing

Directions:

For the dressing, mix together the lemon juice, pomegranate juice and honey. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while the blender is on. Store in an airtight jar in the fridge.

Toss the salad ingredients together with the sliced red onion, blueberries, feta and pistachios. Drizzle with desired amount of dressing right before serving so you don't sog down your salad.

*If you're not interested in making your own pomegranate dressing, Simply Dressed by Marzetti makes a similar one that isn't to bad for you either.

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37 Responses to “Blueberry and Pistachio Spring Salad with Pomegranate – Honey Dressing”

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    Antonia @ Health Inspirations — March 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Congratulations on becoming a godmother…what an honor!
    I’ll have to try and find pomegranate juice to recreate the dressing, the color is just incredible!

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    Steph (Poupette in the Kitchen) — March 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Laurie, this looks absolutely delicious! I’m obsessed with pistachios :) And that salad dressing… the tartness of lemon and pomegranate… oooh! I might just have to try this!! Can’t wait for your spring recipes! I’m still stuck in high-cal winter mode :D

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 20, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Awesome dressing, Laurie. I love it!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — March 20, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Oh Laurie I love love this!!

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — March 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

    This looks awesome! I’m always on the hunt for new salad dressings, and your gorgeous citrus variety looks too good to pass up!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — March 20, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Oh my gosh, my mouth just started watering like crazy. Is it lunchtime yet?!

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    Kelly — March 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I am going to try this Laur! (w/o feta, tho, i still think it will be good!) xoxo

    • simplyscratch replied: — March 20th, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

      Yay! Kel you will absolutely LOVE the dressing!

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    Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such — March 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Amazies!…something else that sounds way cooler in one’s head…um, but seriously, this salad rocks! Is it just me, or was POM just way more fun when it came in the reusable, tall drinking glass?

    • simplyscratch replied: — March 20th, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

      HA! Kim… you’re comments always crack me up! :)

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    Sarah @ An Apple A Day — March 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    This looks so light and refreshing. perfect for the first day of spring!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 20, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Pink salad dressing might actually get my girls to eat some! ;) Such a great flavor combination in this salad.

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — March 20, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Ha – I love that Costco is a verb! This sounds so yummy! Love those blueberries!

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    Herbivore Triathlete — March 20, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    That dressing is gorgeous! I would drink it right from that jar it looks so tasty. I bet it’s fabulous on salad. I love the addition of pistachios and blueberries, yummy.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I love that pink dressing!! I would probably eat a ton more salad if all dressings were that purrty ;)

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    Tieghan Gerard — March 20, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I am in love with this salad! So fresh and the addition of the blueberries is just awesome!

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    Jenny @ BAKE — March 21, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I love pomegranate juice! this dressing sounds incredible!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 21, 2013 at 9:18 am

    This is filled with goodness! Yum!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — March 21, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Love the sound of the pomegranate honey dressing!

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    Kathy — March 21, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Everything about this salad sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to try it !

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    The Food Hound — March 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    YUM! I am a HUGE sucker for a fun salad. I’m not a big fan of POM but I have to say, I think this dressing will be the closest thing to the Blush Vinaigrette from Brianna’s, aka the only bottled salad dressing I use because it’s SO GOOD. Can’t wait to try it out! Strawberries also pair really, really well with feta. I make a greens-strawberry-feta-walnut salad with that Brianna’s stuff, and it’s to die for. THANKS, girl!! And congrats on being a Godmother!!

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    Nancy @ CouponClippingCook — March 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Such wonderful flavors going on with this salad and the dressing sounds like a perfect match. The salad and the pictures are so pretty too.

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — March 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Maybe if I eat enough of this salad, the clouds will go away and it will turn into summer! This recipe would be great along side some grilled chicken with a strawberry daiquiri, pool side.

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    Donna — March 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Salivating here…the textures…the colors popping all over the place….scrumptious-looking…I must give this one a shot!!!….Question…would I be doing an ingredient “over-kill” if I added a handful of pomegranite arils to the mix?!…I have a couple of fresh ones (soon to disappear from our local market) at home….Thank you for sharing your truly astounding culinary wizardry…I am endlessly impressed.

    • simplyscratch replied: — March 21st, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

      Oh heck yes! Adding those would be absolutely perfect… kinda wish I thought of that :)

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 22, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Costco is so totally a verb, adjective, whatever!! It’s totally a thing. I swear, if I were relegated to shop at only one store the rest of my life, it’d be Costco. It’s a Costco sized problem!! And I’m pretty sure this dressing would be a Costco sized problem too – that pink just is too gorgeous for words.

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    Dalia S — March 22, 2013 at 4:14 am

    The name of the salad made my stomach making sounds. It looks so good and delicious. I’d love to make it right away but the question is where will I take fresh blueberries. Will have to wait few months I thing.

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    Jen @The Fit Housewife — March 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    LOVE the color of that dressing! Plus all the healthy ingredients…perfect for spring (if it ever arrives!). Thanks for sharing, I’ll be making this :)

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    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — March 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

    For me, the dressing makes a salad, I could just eat a big ol’ bowl of lettuce with this dressing! Love the cracked pepper for a little zing.

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    Jess S. @ Floptimism — March 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Hello! I stumbled upon your blog as I was exploring some of the blogs my own blog’s readers follow, and I just loved this post. A blueberry & pistachio salad sounds perfect for Spring, and I think my readers would really love it, too! I’d like to invite you to participate in my blog’s link-up party to celebrate the end of National Nutrition Month – feel free to check it out and share one of the delicious, healthy recipes you’ve been enjoying this past month! http://bit.ly/YCpeHq

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    Yaron — April 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    It looks delicious and healthy… Love the combination of Blueberries and pistachios… I am off to try this! Thanks for sharing

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    Kruti — April 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    This looks so good, but I’m not a fan of feta. Do you think I could use goat cheese?

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    David — April 24, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I really like this salad! It has all the healthy oils and raw greens that I like to eat on my slightly more vegetarian (but not truly vegan) regimen. I am single, but I think I can pare down the recipe or make and save this dish for a few days of great eating. Thanks for posting this.

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