Kale, Pear & Pomegranate Salad

by Kiran on January 7, 2015 · 52 comments

in Salads, Sides

Hello friends!!

I’m one week late in wishing, but there’s a saying, “better late than never”. So here it is:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! A new year signifies new resolutions that most probably would be thrown out of the window or forgotten, in no time. That’s me, I’m not judging any one of you, I promise 😉

Kale, Pear & Pomegranate Salad | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food
It’s been a long hiatus away from blogging. There’s some goals for this year but 2014 has been a trying one on a personal note. I can’t share much out of respect for my families. But I’m determined to make more deliciousness to share with you all this year.

I’m starting on a healthy note to encourage eating more vegetables and fruits.

Kale, Pear & Pomegranate Salad | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food

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Serves 4


  • 3 large handfuls of baby kale leaves
  • 2 pears, sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 cup fennel, thinly shaved
  • 1/4 heaping cup of walnuts

Zesty shallot dressing:

  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp pomegranate juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. Add all ingredients for dressing into a small mason jar. Shake until everything combines.
  2. In a large salad bowl, add kale, pears, pom arils, fennel and walnuts.
  3. Add enough dressing to the bowl and gently toss to combine. Serve immediately.
  4. Serving suggestion: This salad pairs beautifully with grilled salmon. Try it 🙂


Kale, Pear & Pomegranate Salad | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food
Hope 2015 brings much happiness, great health, good eats and plenty of prosperity into your lives 🙂

What’s your new year resolutions? Please do share 🙂

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1 Rosa January 7, 2015 at 11:50 AM

A fabulous and refined winter salad! Impossible not to like it.




2 Kiran January 15, 2015 at 12:01 AM

Thank you, sweetie 🙂


3 sue|theviewfromgreatisland January 7, 2015 at 1:11 PM

What a beautiful salad, and the perfect symbol of a fresh new year — sorry you had a trying 2014… here’s to better and brighter things to come!
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4 Kiran January 15, 2015 at 12:03 AM

Sue — thanks love, cheers to a brighter and better 2015 to you too 🙂


5 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 7, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Beautiful winter salad, perfect for January!
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6 Kiran January 15, 2015 at 12:03 AM

Thanks Laura 🙂


7 Ash-foodfashionparty January 7, 2015 at 3:23 PM

Cheers to a Beautiful 2015!!
A fresh and good looking salad.
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8 Kiran January 15, 2015 at 12:11 AM

Thanks Ash, and Happy 2015!!


9 dixya | food, pleasure, and health January 7, 2015 at 3:35 PM

i have yet to sit down and think about my goals for 2014, however i want to start a blogging series – blogger of the week and would absolutely love to have you featured!!!
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10 Kiran January 15, 2015 at 12:13 AM

Awww, thanks Dixya! Send me an email whenever you are ready 🙂


11 Carol at Wild Goose Tea January 7, 2015 at 7:14 PM

Well it may be a healthy salad—well actually it is—but I think it looks delicious. Visually extremely pleasing. I love the fork.
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12 Kiran January 15, 2015 at 12:14 AM

Thanks Carol, it’s from Anthropologie 🙂


13 Ashley January 7, 2015 at 9:22 PM

Happy New Year! I’m sorry 2014 was a difficult one … here’s to a brighter 2015 🙂

And two, this salad looks delicious!
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14 Kiran January 15, 2015 at 12:18 AM

Thanks Ashley and hope you are having a great 2015 🙂


15 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You January 8, 2015 at 8:49 AM

What a gorgeous salad, full of vitamins and antioxidants… I could eat the whole thing by myself. Happy New Year to you and your family!! xx


16 Kiran January 15, 2015 at 12:21 AM

Thanks Denise and hope you are having a fantastic 2015 🙂


17 mira January 8, 2015 at 10:43 AM

What a great, simple to make salad! Love the colors and flavors!


18 Kiran January 15, 2015 at 12:21 AM

Thank you so much, Mira 🙂


19 Shashi @ runninsrilankan January 8, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Gorgeous salad Kiran!
I hope things settle down for you and 2015 turns out to be a wonderful year!


20 Kiran January 15, 2015 at 12:25 AM

Thank you so much, Shashi. Hope you are having a fantastic 2015 with the fam 🙂


21 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ January 8, 2015 at 1:58 PM

Happy New Year Kiran! I understand a sad event occurred in 2014, may you and your family now spend serene moments together.
p.s. I am also a fan of pear and greens salads 🙂
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22 Kiran January 15, 2015 at 12:26 AM

Thanks love and cheers to a wonderful 2015 to you too 🙂


23 Angie@Angie's Recipes January 8, 2015 at 2:38 PM

A wonderful winter salad, Kiran.
Happy happy New Year to you!
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24 Kiran January 15, 2015 at 12:30 AM

Thanks Angie, and Happy New Year to you too 🙂


25 Medha @ Whisk & Shout January 8, 2015 at 8:21 PM

Yum, great salad! Perfect for post-holiday detoxing 🙂
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26 Kiran January 17, 2015 at 11:46 PM

Thanks Medha, and yes it’s a great detox salad 🙂


27 Alice January 8, 2015 at 8:31 PM

Always a fan of the sweet fruit with salad combo. The pears and kale would work magic for both the tastebuds and me! Wishing you the very best for 2015 and May it be a tasty one too!


28 Coffee and Crumpets January 8, 2015 at 11:49 PM

Happy New Year, Kiran, wishing you all the best for 21015. This salad is definitely a great way to start off the year!
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29 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 4:13 PM

Happy New Year, my friend 🙂


30 Choc Chip Uru January 9, 2015 at 4:20 AM

Your pomegranate salad makes me smile, I love the bursts of flavour from the fruit with the kale 😀

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31 Parita @ myinnershakti January 9, 2015 at 9:17 AM

Happy New Year to you and your family, Kiran!

And this salad looks delicious. Vishnu and I are trying to eat more greens/veggies this year, so this will def. be on our list of must make salads!


32 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings January 9, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Happy New Year, my friend! You betcha I’m starting it off with a healthy salad like this one!
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33 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl January 9, 2015 at 6:09 PM

We have a bunch of kale in the garden, time to turn it into your salad!


34 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 4:14 PM

Just do it!


35 Mary @ Fit and Fed January 10, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Beautiful Kiran! This type of salad is right up my alley, and I have two pomegranates in my fridge waiting to be used (and a bowl of pears). I’m sorry 2014 was trying for you, I hope this year is better. A long hiatus away from blogging? Not that long! I take that long off quite often when life gets busy (like now)! You are very steady with your blog.
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36 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Thanks for the kind words, Mary 🙂 Hope 2015 has been and will try you very well!


37 Ami@NaiveCookCooks January 10, 2015 at 5:04 PM

Girl this is one gorgeous and delicious looking salad!! Happy 2015 and hope it brings you loads of happiness!
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38 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 4:22 PM

Thank you so much, and hope 2015 is and will bring a ton of happiness to you too 🙂


39 Joanne January 11, 2015 at 3:41 PM

The beginning of the year is as good a time to start anew as any! Here’s to lots of GOOD for you this year also. What a gorgeous salad to start with!
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40 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 4:22 PM

Thanks Joanne! Hope 2015 brings a ton of happiness your way too 🙂


41 Raymund January 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Nice simple and fruity delicious
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42 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 4:23 PM

Thanks Raymund 🙂


43 Kamana@SocialandStyle January 12, 2015 at 3:43 PM

This recipe look so fresh and deslish! Can’t wait to try it and thank you for sharing. Love your blog 🙂


44 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 4:42 PM

Thanks so much, Kamana. Let me know if you’d tried this recipe 🙂


45 pragati January 13, 2015 at 9:38 AM

super simple and colorful…love it!


46 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 4:44 PM

Thanks Pragati 🙂


47 Amy @ Elephant Eats January 13, 2015 at 2:13 PM

This salad is so beautiful! Not to mention delicious….and given my current dietary restrictions, it’s actually something I could eat!!! Happy New Year, Kiran!
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48 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 4:47 PM

Happy New Year, Amy! Hope you get to enjoy this salad soon 🙂


49 marla January 14, 2015 at 7:11 AM

Loving this beautiful & seasonal salad! Pinned 🙂


50 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 4:47 PM

Thank you so much, Marla 🙂 xoxo


51 Lail | With A Spin January 15, 2015 at 4:51 PM

What a beautiful winter salad. Happy New year, Kiran. Here’s to another delicious year!
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52 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Thanks so much, Lail! And a very Happy 2015 to you and your loved ones 🙂


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