Fresh Pear, Feta, Watercress, and Hazelnut Salad is a Delicious Choice

Inspired from Turkey this sweet and savory pomegranate-roasted pear, feat, watercress and hazelnut salad is a unique and fresh choice for a side dish this weekend.


  • 3 pears
  • ¼ cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups watercress
  • 8 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¾ cup hazelnuts, roasted and chopped
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • For dressing: 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • 1 garlic clove, very finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper

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  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2.  Slice pears into six pieces, remove seeds, and place in a small baking dish.
  3.  Sprinkle pears with pomegranate juice, brown sugar, and olive oil.
  4.  Roast pears for 20 minutes, stirring regularly, until tender and slightly caramelized. Remove from oven, and cool.
  5. While pears are cooling, dress the watercress with the dressing.
  6.  Assemble salad – place dressed watercress on plate, and top with crumbled feta, chopped hazelnuts, three pieces of roasted pear, and a few pomegranate seeds.
  7.  For dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, pomegranate juice, chopped garlic, cumin, and olive oil. 2) Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.

Do you think your family would enjoy this unique salad dish.

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About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.