Italian Side Salad With Honey, Balsamic & Pomegranate

2 Servings
10 min

This recipe is the perfect salad combination to be used as a side dish to rich Italian pasta dishes. I personally like to serve this with my Penne con Vodka recipe, but it is so delicious I would happily have it on its own!

The dressing is a deliciously moreish combination of sweet honey and sharp Balsamic vinegar mixed with olive oil and Mayonnaise, which is drizzled over a simple salad that is then topped with juicy pomegranate seeds and the saltiness of fresh parmesan cheese.

Start with some good quality extra virgin olive oil

Add some sweet balsamic vinegar

A dollop of mayonnaise

Some clear honey

Mix well to create a smooth, sweet and sharp salad dressing, perfect as a side to most pasta dishes.

Italian Side Salad With Honey, Balsamic & Pomegranate

Recipe details

  • 2  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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For the salad

  • 1 romaine lettuce, leaves roughly torn
  • 1 large handful rocket leaves
  • 1 large handful baby leaf spinach
  • 2 vine tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 white closed cup mushrooms, stalks removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 large handful baked garlic flavoured croutons
  • 1 large spoonful pomegranate seeds
  • 30g fresh parmesan, thinly sliced

For the dressing

  • 3 tbsps good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsps Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 2 tbsps mayonnaise
  • Sprinkle if salt and pepper, to taste


For the salad dressing

Start by making the dressing. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, mayonnaise and a pinch of salt & pepper.
Set aside while you prepare the salad.

For the salad

In a salad bowl, combine the lettuce, rocket, spinach, tomatoes mushrooms and croutons and toss well.
Drizzle the dressing on top and toss well again.
Top with the pomegranate seeds and sliced parmesan.


  • This salad is the perfect accompaniment to my Penne con Vodka recipe!

Amy Massey
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