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THE EARTHBOUND COOK’s Chopped Autumn Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

Excerpted from The Earthbound Cook by Myra Goodman.

Romaine lettuce and red cabbage make a delicious, crunchy combination. The colors of this salad are beautiful, and every bite is good for you. Apples, pears, persimmons, and pomegranates are the signature fruits of autumn; for a change of pace you can add dried cranberries or sliced grapes.

For the Salad

  • 12 ounces red cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 2 romaine hearts, coarsely chopped (about 6 cups), rinsed and dried if not prewashed
  • 2 crisp apples, such as Fuji, Gala, or Braeburn, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼-inch dice (about 2 cups)
  • 2 ripe but firm pears, such as Bosc or Anjou, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼-inch dice (about 1½ cups)
  • 2 Fuyu persimmons, peeled and cut into ¼-inch dice, seeds discarded, if any
  • Seeds from 1 medium pomegranate
  • 20 fresh mint leaves, cut into thin ribbons

For the Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons (packed) light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of salt, or more to taste


  1. Make the Apple Cider Vinaigrette: Combine all the dressing ingredients in a glass jar and seal the lid tightly. Shake vigorously to combine. (The vinaigrette can be refrigerated, covered, for up to 2 weeks. Let it return to room temperature and shake vigorously before using.)
  2. Place the cabbage and romaine in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  3. Just before serving, add the apples, pears, and persimmons to the cabbage-romaine mixture and toss to combine. Add half of the Apple Cider Vinaigrette and toss again, adding more dressing as desired.
  4. Transfer the salad to a large platter and garnish with the pomegranate seeds and the mint. Serve immediately.



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