Spinach Avocado Salad with Pomegranate (GF)

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This gluten free winter spinach salad is made with fresh baby spinach, pomegranate arils, avocado, red onion, and goat cheese. It’s drizzled with a quick balsamic vinaigrette and toss to perfection. It’s SO good!! And be sure to check out my video tutorial to learn how to easily cut open a pomegranate.

Glass bowl filled with the salad ingredients and two wooden spoons.

I love Winter Pomegranate

I don’t love the freezing temps and low light, but pomegranates? They are one I thing I just LOVE about the winter. And with all the crazy business that December brings, I’ve been really trying to enjoy the little things I love.

Because as usual, I’m running a little behind with things. We haven’t put up the tree, I’ve got more than a few gifts left to buy, and no, I haven’t even thought about Christmas cards yet. But I mean, it’s not that much pressure!

I just have to do all that, plus make every moment of every day magical for the whole family. It shouldn’t be too hard or anything. Ha. Hahaha. That was my nervous laugh, in you couldn’t tell.

Thank goodness I can get my healthy groceries from Walmart with their pickup service, because I honestly would probably be eating a can of sardines for dinner if I hadn’t at least done that.

You can read more about my obsession with Walmart’s online ordering & the Whole30 items I buy at Walmart, if you’d like!

Close up side angle of the finished salad mixed up in a glass bowl.

Pomegranate, Spinach and Avocado Salad

I’m not worrying about it too much though, and instead I’m focusing on the little things, like enjoying all the seasonal flavors that help make the days a little brighter. And because I LOVE pomegranate, I’m eating them all the time, pretty much every day.

I really love the bright pop pomegranate gives to dishes, especially seasonal salads like this one. It works so nicely with the spinach and avocado salad especially.

Even though salads might feel like summer to some, I think the right winter-y flavors in your salad can make chilly nights feel so cozy! Check out my Broccoli & Bacon Salad or my Grilled Chicken & Roasted Grape salad, too! 

How to Cut a Pomegranate: Watch the video!

A close up shot of a cut pomegranate.

Once you have your pomegranate arils..

You can whip up this fabulous Pomegranate, Spinach and Avocado salad in a snap! And pomegranate pairs so beautifully with some of the other amazing winter flavors I love – avocado, spinach, red onion, and goat cheese.

Most importantly, it’s served with a super simple balsamic dressing, which is basically my go-to dressing for everything. Keep this dressing recipe in your back pocket, k?

The finished winter salad with avocado, spinach and pomegranate, all mixed in a glass bowl.

An important tip:

If you’re making this in advance: Remember not to cut the avocado or dress the salad until just before serving!

I really think this would be a perfect salad for a holiday party or get-together, or just for a casual dinner at home. What do you think, would you make this for your family?

If the answer is yes (or even if it’s no), you still need to check out more of my healthy holiday favorites:

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Pomegranate and Avocado Winter Salad in a glass bowl with a hand pouring the balsamic vinaigrette on top
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Pomegranate & Avocado Winter Salad

A delicious gluten free salad made with spinach and baby kale, avocado, pomegranate arils, red onion and goat cheese, then topped with a simple balsamic vinaigrette.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Holiday Side Dish, Vegetarian Salad, Winter Dishes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 285 kcal

Ingredients

Winter Salad

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups baby kale
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Instructions

Make the Salad Dressing

  1. Whisk all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper.

Assemble the Salad

  1. De-seed the pomegranate and thinly slice the onion.

  2. Add greens, pomegranate, goat cheese, red onion, and avocado to a large bowl.

  3. Drizzle with vinaigrette, gently toss, and serve immediately.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

If you’re preparing this in advance, wait until just before serving to cut the avocado and dress the salad. 

Nutrition Facts
Pomegranate & Avocado Winter Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 86mg4%
Potassium 617mg18%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 4973IU99%
Vitamin C 54mg65%
Calcium 99mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.