This is a very festive and refreshing salad to serve during the holidays. Especially if you happen to have Harry & David pears on hand.
Watercress, Pear & Pomegranate Salad
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbs pure pomegranate juice
3 Tbs white wine vinegar
2 Tbs walnut oil
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 large bunches watercress, thick stems trimmed
1 head butter lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
2 firm but ripe pears, halved, cored, each half cut into 6 wedges
1/2 cup crumbled ricotta salata cheese or feta cheese
1/2 cup fresh pomegranate kernels
Whisk first 5 ingredients in small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
Combine watercress and lettuce in bowl. Pour all but 2 tablespoons dressing over; toss to coat. Divide greens among 6 plates. Arrange 4 pear wedges in spoke pattern on each plate. Drizzle 2 tablespoons dressing over pears. Sprinkle with cheese and pomegranate kernels.