Shaved Fennel Salad with Asian Pear and Pomegranate

The salad is almost too pretty to eat. Every time I make it, I just want to stare at it or take pictures of it.

Not only does it come together quickly, but it is also very hearty and satisfying. The creamy plant-based goat cheese alone is to die for! Trust me. This salad could be a meal in itself. As for the pomegranate, I prefer to clean my own. It’s a task that my youngest daughter has taken over. She finds it deeply satisfying to pull out every last aril!

I like the arugula and pomegranate for color, but you can use various fruits and greens to achieve your Christmas colors. My favorite addition to the salad, and one that I would not skip, is the fresh dill weed. No matter the toppings used, the dill brings it together!

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Shaved Fennel Salad with Asian Pear and Pomegranate

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch


Easy to assemble, this salad will not only be a delectable accompaniment to your holiday meal; it will also serve as a perfect floral centerpiece!


  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced (fronds may be saved for salad garnish)
  • 2 small Asian pears, or 1 large pear, sliced length-wise
  • 1/2 cup herbed vegan goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • Arils (seeds)  from 1 pomegranate
  • 6 fronds of dill, stemmed
  • 1 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced thin, halved


  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut nectar (can also use maple syrup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper



  1. For the dressing: Gently whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.  Season to taste, and add extra sweetener, vinegar or lemon juice as needed.
  2. Arrange the arugula, on a medium sized platter or large flat bottomed bowl.  Add the fennel, red onion, and pears.  Sprinkle with pecans, pumpkin seeds, and arils.  
  3. Top salad with dill fronds.  
  4. When ready to serve, drizzle with ginger dressing.  
  5. Serve and enjoy! 

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