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replacement for pomegranate

I planned on a pear, goat cheese salad that has pomegranate arils as garnish. But I was not able to find a pomegranate in store, nor the cups of arils. I am looking to replace them, mostly to provide color. This is a composed salad, pear halves with honey and goat cheese on top. I was thinking maybe frozen raspberries with the juice dribbled on top? Other suggestions?

asked by caninechef over 2 years ago
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added over 2 years ago

Can you find those freeze dried raspberries in the store? They have them at Whole Foods- those would add color and bit of crunch.

If not that salad sounds like it could handle a few dried cranberries.

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added over 2 years ago

I would add toasted hazelnuts as a textural component as well. They go well with the pears and the cheese. I used to do a salad with fresh burrata, caramelized pears (in honey and butter), arugula with crispy serrano ham...

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added over 2 years ago

Cherries. This time of year, morello (sour ones) that come in jars or cans, brandied (fancy food shops or make at home), dried. Or a touch of black or red currant preserves mixed in the dressing.

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added over 2 years ago

Dried cranberries would work well, too.

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added over 2 years ago

I second dried cherries or cranberries. I just saw fresh red currants at Whole Foods the other day too (made me some brown sugar muffins...) which have that nice bite that pomegranate seeds do.

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added over 2 years ago

The fruits suggested here (raspberries, cranberries, etc.) would all be good subs, but maybe see if you can find freeze-dried instead of frozen - crunchy texture, but no temp difference.

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added over 2 years ago

Thanks for ideas, I like the dried cranberry idea, could sprinkle on a few nuts also for texture.

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added over 2 years ago

glad you said that; i agree w/ david. When I think of the other options, it is dried cranberries (and Irani dried barberries) that have some tartness to them like (but less than) pomegranate seeds.

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