Brighten up your favorite salads this winter with Pomegranate!
I absolutely love the visual presentation of this winter salad recipe as the goat cheese resembles fallen snow, and is complimented by the crisp greens and ruby red pomegranate jewels – not to mention it is literally bursting with flavor!
My Winter Greens Salad with Pomegranate Recipe
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds “arils”
2-3 cups of Organic Mixed greens
(right now I’m using a mix of baby kale, chard and spinach)
1 oz Goats cheese
Toss and enjoy!
You can choose to add your favorite protein as well to make it a complete meal.
For dressings I like to keep it simple but you can dress this winter salad with almost anything you like.
Here’s what I typically use….
drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Juice 1/2 lime or lemon squeezed
dash of balsamic vinegar
Did you know…
Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants, in fact the antioxidant potential of the pomegranate fruit is thought to be up to three times higher than that of green tea and red wine.
Pomegranates contain about five grams of fiber per serving.
Arils are the seeds of the pomegranate, surrounded by a juice sac. The more brilliant and ruby red in color, the healthier, sweeter and tarter juice!
I purchased my Pomegranate with the Arils already removed. Makes it super easy and convenient when assembling a salad.
If you only have access to the full fruit, here’s a simple tutorial on how to do it yourself, as explained on the PomWonderful website:
The efficient procedure for opening a pomegranate in seven simple steps.
Step. 1 Cut
With a sharp paring knife, cut off the top about a half inch below the crown.
Step. 2 Score
Once the top has been removed, four to six sections of the pomegranate divided by the white membrane will be visible. With the knife’s point, score the skin along each section.
Step. 3 Open
Using both hands, carefully pull the pomegranate apart in a bowl of water, breaking it into smaller sections.
Step. 4 Loosen
Under water, loosen the arils and allow them to sink to the bottom of the bowl; the membrane will float to the top.
Step. 5 Scoop
Use a spoon to scoop out the pieces of white membrane that have floated to the top of the water.
Step. 6 Strain
Pour the arils and remaining liquid through a strainer.
Step. 7 Enjoy
A typical fruit usually yields 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup of seeds.
Add Pomegranate to your recipes this holiday season and enjoy the new flavor burst you experience. It’s like adding a little sweet and savory to your meals!
Give Pomegranates a try and let me know what you think!
How do you use your pomegranates?
Feel free to share what you enjoy as a favorite winter salad too!
Your Friend and Coach,