Pomegranate Hazelnut Holiday Salad with Maple Bacon Dressing

Salad 2 I don’t know about you but I’m still full from yesterday! I busted my knee during a run on Wednesday, so I wasn’t able to participate in my Turkey Trot yesterday…totally threw me off! And, of course I still ate like a champ and now I’ve got the blahs and the blechs!

So to cure yours and my Thanksgiving food hangovers, here’s a tasty and light salad that you can whip up in a flash that’s perfect for lunch, dinner or holiday parties. {Can you believe Christmas is a month away? YIKES.}

For this salad, I used that Organic pre-washed lettuce, pomegranate arils, bacon and toasted hazelnuts. That’s it! The dressing is super simple too: bacon grease {from all that bacon you just cooked}, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Easy as pie. {Did anyone else shudder at the thought of another slice of pie?}

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You just throw everything into a bowl and toss. I didn’t take step by step photos because I thought that would be sort of pointless. THAT’S how easy this salad is.

Anyways friends, enjoy your weekend! See you on Monday with another healthy recipe…I think. :)

Pomegranate Hazelnut Holiday Salad with Maple Bacon Dressing
yield: 6 servings
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8 cups Mixed Greens
12 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled
¾ cups Chopped, Toasted Hazelnuts
1 whole Pomegranate, Peeled And Arils Removed
3 Tablespoons Warm Bacon Grease (reserved From Cooking The Bacon)
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
Salt And Pepper, to taste

Toss all ingredients for the salad together in a bowl.
Place all ingredients for the dressing into a small jar and shake until combined. Pour dressing over salad, toss and serve immediately.

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24 Responses to “Pomegranate Hazelnut Holiday Salad with Maple Bacon Dressing”

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    Kathryn — November 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I love the colours in your pictures – the salad just jumps off the plate! I hope you had a great day yesterday and that your knee recovers quickly!


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    Jessica @ How Sweet — November 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    maple bacon dressing?! I’m in!


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    Shea Goldstein — November 25, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Beautiful salad!


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    Katrina — November 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    This salad is so colourful and tasty looking! Awesome idea!


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    Living The Sweet Life — November 25, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    YUM!! I recently started adding pomegranate to my salads, it adds such a nice crunch and just the right amount of sweetness.

    This is an absolutely beautiful salad


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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — November 26, 2011 at 1:52 am

    SO pretty! I love the colours 😀


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    marla — November 26, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Lauren, this salad looks wonderful! Love the idea of the bacon grease & maple syrup. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Sorry to read about your knee..


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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — November 26, 2011 at 3:10 am

    It’s beautiful, Lauren! I just saw the pics on TS! Congrats :)


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    Priyanka — November 26, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Its beautiful…..!!!!
    Wonderful color combination


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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — November 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    What a beautiful salad for detoxing! I’m with you on the blahs and the blechs. I’m ready to hurl those leftovers out the window.


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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — November 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    This look fantastic! Hope you had a great holiday!


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    Sew Create It - Jane — November 27, 2011 at 10:50 am

    That salad looks so yummy!

    Just wanted to say I just found your blog and have been reading and printing so many of your recipes…they all look so good! I noticed on your mash potato post that you went to French immersion school as a child…now that’s a term I haven’t heard since my days living in Montreal…I was sent to French immersion too! I don’t use my French much now that I live in the UK! :o)

    Look forward to reading and printing more yummy delights ;o)


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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — November 28, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Gorgeous salad – I love the colours and the fact that the dressing has bacon grease in it :-)


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    brandi — November 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    such a gorgeous salad! i love adding pom to salads this time of year.


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    Juan — November 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    This is what I called a tasty salad. And the pictures? I almost bite my computer thinking it was real. :)


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    Kadi — December 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Hi! I just found your site through StephanieCooks and love your recipes and pics! I love the looks of this salad and am thinking of bringing it to the inlaws for Christmas Eve. However, I’ve never made a dressing out of bacon grease. If I mix all the dressing ingredients together a few hrs before being served, will the dressing solidify with the bacon grease in it? Is this dressing a “serve immediately” dressing or can I make it ahead of time and warm it up hrs later?


    • Lauren — December 14th, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

      If you make this in advance, the dressing will solidify but if you microwave it for 15 seconds or so, that should do it. Also, toss the salad with the dressing right before you serve!


      • Kadi — December 16th, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

        Thanks so much Lauren – I’ve bookmarked your site and look forward to trying more of your creations!

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    Kathy — November 9, 2012 at 11:05 am



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    Mary @ Fit and Fed — December 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    i love both toasted hazelnuts and pomegranate arils! Such a beautiful salad with all the reds, greens, and purples.


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    Mary Beth Rowland — December 10, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Could people please leave comments AFTER they have tried the recipe? To say it looks beautiful is not helpful.



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