Spinach Gorgonzola Salad with Pear and Pomegranate

Treat your friends and family to this festive Italian-inspired Spinach Gorgonzola Salad: a tantalizing blend of crisp pears, bright Christmas-colored ingredients and creamy Gorgonzola cheese. Perfect for the holiday season!

Spinach and Gorgonzola salad with pear and pomegranate in a white serving bowl.

Festive Holiday Salad

‘Tis the season for festive holiday salads! And this Spinach Gorgonzola Salad with Pear and Pomegranate has got to be one of my all-time favorites.

With its bright Christmas-y colors, sweet and savory flavors, and featuring seasonal ingredients, it is the perfect winter salad for sharing with friends and family during the holidays.

But its just so delicious, you should definitely feel free to enjoy it in every season!

And if you know me then you know I love all things Italian. So this Italian-inspired salad recipe actually comes from my time working in an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles which served an amazing spinach pear and Gorgonzola salad.

So simple but so darn good! I have been making my own version regularly ever since and its always a hit wherever I go. So I am really excited to get to share it here with you!

Spinach, Gorgonzola Cheese, Pear, Pomegranate, and Pine Nuts in a white serving bowl.

Looking for more festive salad recipes to try? Then check out another salad with Italian flair – our fresh spinach and arugula salad with shaved parmesan. And try our refreshing mango cucumber salad with avocado and mint and our flavorful grapefruit avocado and arugula salad with crème fraîche dressing.

Why you’ll adore this Spinach Gorgonzola Salad:


  • Festive Holiday Colors: Elevate your holiday table with this spinach Gorgonzola salad, adorned in vibrant Christmas hues. The bright green spinach, ruby-red pomegranate seeds, and golden pine nuts create a visually stunning dish that adds a festive touch to your seasonal celebrations.
  • Winter Warmth and Wholesomeness: Embrace the winter season with a salad that combines the hearty goodness of spinach, the savory richness of Gorgonzola cheese, the sweetness of pear, and the juicy burst of pomegranate. It’s a wholesome and comforting dish that pairs perfectly with your favorite winter dishes, adding a burst of freshness to your table.
  • Effortless Elegance: Achieve gourmet elegance with minimal effort. The spinach Gorgonzola salad is quick to assemble, making it a perfect go-to for both everyday meals and special occasions.

Seasonal Produce Spotlight: Let’s talk pears in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Our neck of the woods is renowned for its fantastic variety of pears, and autumn is peak pear season. Washington and Oregon together grow 81% of the fresh pears in the U.S.; the main varieties cultivated are Bartlett, Bosc, and d’Anjou. Juicy and sweet, these local treasures are practically bursting with flavor. Whether you’re whipping up a classic pear tart or adding a twist to your salad with some sliced ripe pears, these gems from the PNW will elevate your dishes to a whole new level.

Fresh spinach leaves, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, sliced pears, pomegranate arils, and pine nuts in small bowls.

Ingredients

  • Fresh Baby Spinach
  • Gorgonzola Cheese
  • Fresh Pear
  • Pomegranate Arils (Seeds)
  • Pine Nuts
  • Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette (or salad dressing of your choosing)

Pro Tip: Before tossing the spinach salad ingredients with the dressing, set aside a small portion each of the Gorgonzola, pears, pomegranate seeds, and pine nuts. Then, toss the rest of the salad with the dressing. Finish by sprinkling the reserved ingredient portions over the top of the dressed salad for an elegant presentation.

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette: Click here for the full recipe. Or, skip this step and use your preferred salad dressing.
  2. Toast the Pine Nuts (Optional): If using pine nuts, toast them in a dry skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant and lightly browned. Be sure to stir frequently to prevent burning. Set aside to cool.
  3. Assemble the Salad: In a large bowl, combine the fresh baby spinach, Gorgonzola cheese crumbles, pear slices, and pomegranate arils. If using pine nuts, add them to the salad.
  4. Dress the Salad: Drizzle the prepared balsamic basil vinaigrette over the salad. Start with a few tablespoons and add more as needed, tossing the salad gently to coat the ingredients evenly.
  5. Serve: Plate the salad in individual servings or serve as a side dish to your main course. Enjoy the vibrant colors and delicious flavors!

Be sure to scroll down to check out the full recipe and ingredient list below.

Spinach salad with blue cheese, pears, pomegranate, and pine nuts in a white serving bowl.

Recipe Tips

  • I prefer to serve this salad with my homemade basil balsamic vinaigrette. It has balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, minced shallot and garlic, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a little Worcestershire sauce in it which is my secret ingredient for pairing with blue cheese. But the salad works well with most any balsamic, apple cider vinegar, or champagne vinaigrette. And for convenience you could also use your favorite store-bought vinaigrette and be right on your way to easy deliciousness!
  • Buy pre-extracted pomegranate arils (seeds) at the market instead of a whole pomegranate for a timesaving shortcut.
  • Slice and add the pears just before serving to prevent discoloration. I used an Anjou pear for this recipe but most any kind will work in this recipe. Make sure to select soft, ripe pears for this recipe.
  • Mixed green lettuce can be substituted for the spinach if desired.
  • Regular blue cheese or even feta cheese will work in a pinch as a substitute for the Gorgonzola.
  • I recommend lightly toasting the pine nuts before adding them to the salad for a richer flavor.

Recipe FAQs

Alright, so Gorgonzola is kinda like the cool kid in the blue cheese family. Named after the Italian town of Gorgonzola, it’s got this creamy and milder vibe compared to its blue cheese cousins. So, while it’s part of the blue cheese gang, Gorgonzola brings its own flavor game to the party, adding a touch of Italian flair and a creamy twist to the mix.

Blue cheese varieties like Roquefort or Stilton offer a similar tangy and bold flavor, each with its own unique profile. If you prefer a milder option, Danish blue cheese is a great choice. For a non-blue cheese alternative, goat cheese provides a creamy texture with a bit of tang.

Gorgonzola has two personalities – there’s the softer and milder one called Gorgonzola Dolce (“sweet Gorgonzola”), and its edgier sibling, Gorgonzola Piccante, that’s a bit firmer and packs more punch. So if you’re in the mood for a milder version of Gorgonzola, look no further than Gorgonzola Dolce.

Spinach and Gorgonzola salad with pear and pomegranate in a white serving bowl.

Serving Suggestions

Spinach Gorgonzola Pear Salad is a versatile dish that can harmonize with a range of main courses. Here are some delicious pairings to consider:

Roasted Meats: Pair the salad with roasted meats like chicken, turkey, beef, or roasted pork loin. The savory richness of the meats complements the sweetness of the pears and the creaminess of the Gorgonzola.

Seafood Delights: Opt for lighter seafood options like grilled shrimp, baked salmon, or seared scallops. The salad’s refreshing elements provide a nice contrast to the delicate flavors of seafood.

Pasta Dishes: Choose pasta dishes such as fresh linguine in citrus cream sauce, creamy vegetable pasta, or a simple olive oil and garlic pasta. The salad adds freshness to the pasta plate.

Quiches and Frittatas: Enjoy the salad alongside a vegetable quiche or a frittata. The combination of the egg-based dishes with the salad creates a satisfying and well-rounded meal.

Crispy Pizzas: Pair the salad with a variety of pizzas, from classic Margherita to more adventurous combinations.

Soup or Sandwich Combos: Create a satisfying lunch or light dinner by pairing the salad with a comforting soup or a sandwich.

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Spinach Gorgonzola Salad with Pear and Pomegranate

Treat your friends and family to this festive Italian-inspired Spinach Gorgonzola Salad: a tantalizing blend of crisp pears, bright Christmas-colored ingredients and Gorgonzola cheese. Perfect for the holiday season!
By: AllieAllie Cleveland
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Assembly Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 171 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 pear chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1.5 ounces Gorgonzola cheese crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate arils
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts toasted
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic basil vinaigrette or your preferred dressing

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette: Click here for the full recipe. Or, skip this step and use your own preferred dressing.
  • Toast the Pine Nuts (Optional): If using pine nuts, toast them in a dry skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant and lightly browned. Be sure to stir frequently to prevent burning. Set aside to cool.
  • Assemble the Salad: In a large salad bowl, combine the fresh baby spinach, Gorgonzola cheese crumbles, sliced pears, and pomegranate arils. If using pine nuts, add them to the salad.
  • Dress the Salad: Drizzle the prepared balsamic basil vinaigrette over the salad. Start with a few tablespoons and add more as needed, tossing the salad gently to coat the ingredients evenly.
  • Serve: Plate the salad in individual servings or serve as a side dish to your main course. Enjoy the vibrant colors and delicious flavors!

Recipe Notes

*Scroll up through the post for serving suggestion ideas and more recipe FAQs.
  • Before tossing the spinach salad ingredients with the dressing, set aside a small portion each of the Gorgonzola, pears, pomegranate arils, and pine nuts. Then, toss the rest of the salad with the dressing. Finish by sprinkling the reserved ingredient portions over the top of the dressed salad for an elegant presentation.
  • I prefer to serve this salad with my homemade balsamic basil vinaigrette. It has a little Worcestershire sauce in it which is my secret ingredient for pairing with blue cheese. But the salad works well with most any balsamic, apple cider, or champagne-style vinaigrette. And for convenience you can just use your favorite store bought vinaigrette and be right on your way to easy deliciousness!
  • Buy pre-extracted pomegranate arils (seeds) at the market instead of a whole pomegranate for a timesaving shortcut.
  • Slice and add the pears just before serving to prevent discoloration. I used an Anjou pear for this recipe but most any kind will work in this recipe. Just make sure they are soft and ripe enough.
  • Mixed green lettuces can be substituted for the spinach if desired.
  • Regular blue cheese or even feta cheese will work in a pinch as a substitute for the Gorgonzola.
  • I recommend lightly toasting the pine nuts before adding them to the salad for a richer flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.6g | Protein: 4.3g | Fat: 13.6g | Cholesterol: 9.5mg | Sodium: 162.8mg | Sugar: 4.6g

*Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Maplevine Kitchen makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Keyword blue cheese, holiday salad, pear, pine nuts, pomegranate, spinach
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