Pomegranate Apple Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing (Parve)

Pomegranate apple salad recipe

​The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
405 Calories
29g Fat
38g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 405
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 319mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Protein 3g
Calcium 59mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Sweet-tart apples and pomegranates are complemented by a homemade poppy seed dressing that you can make ahead for convenience. Because both pomegranates and apples both have symbolic significance for the Jewish New Year, you should serve this salad for lunch on Rosh Hashanah, when guests appreciate a light meal after the previous night's often heavier holiday meal. It's also a fitting addition to Sukkot or fall holiday menus.

Because this is a simple salad, you'll want the best ingredients possible. Seek out your favorite local apple varieties to showcase. Choose a pomegranate that is firm and heavy for its size, with a leathery, unwrinkled skin.

Poppy seeds can go rancid quickly, so taste yours before you add them to the salad dressing. 

The original recipe made a rather large amount of dressing, and more than needed for several salads. We halved the ingredient quantities for the salad dressing, and still had plenty left over. If you're entertaining a large crowd and want more dressing, you can multiply the quantities, just be sure to scale up the lettuce and apple quantities too (unless your pomegranate is small, you should have plenty of seeds, even if you make a bigger salad.)


  • For the Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar or unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt ( kosher or sea salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard (or substitute prepared Dijon mustard)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup onion (from about 1/2 small onion, peeled and chopped)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or other neutral-flavored oil such as grapeseed, or use extra virgin olive oil if you prefer)
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • For the Salad:
  • 1 large head of lettuce (or 5-ounce package mixed baby lettuce, rinsed and spun dry)
  • 1 pomegranate (seeded)
  • 1 large green apple (cored and sliced or chopped)

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this salad is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Dressing

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for dressing
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  2. In a blender or mini food processor, combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard, and onion. Pulse several times until well blended. With the machine running, slowly add the oil in a thin stream and blend until emulsified.

    Combine vinegar, sugar, salt
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  3. Pour dressing into a jar or cruet. Add the poppy seeds and shake well to combine. Store in the refrigerator, shaking well before serving.

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Make the Salad

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for salad
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  2. Place the lettuce in a large bowl or arrange on a deep, wide serving platter.

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  3. Sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds and add the apple slices or cubes. 

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  4. Just before serving, drizzle with about 1/4 of the poppy seed dressing and toss gently. Serve the remaining dressing on the side so guests can add more if desired. 

    Drizzle dressing
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  • The dressing can be made a day in advance and stored in the fridge until it's time to serve.