Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holiday Pomegranate Salad

This salad is a family favorite for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It also makes a great meal served with soup and crusty bread. Seeding a pomegranate is a time consuming process. For about twice the price of a whole pomegranate, you could buy pomegranate seeds ready to go. 

Pomegranate Salad
Serves 4-6

1 pomegranate, seeded with juice reserved
1 oz goat cheese
1/4 cup candied walnuts (recipe follows)
2 cups mixed greens
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar
Salt and pepper

1. Combine greens, goat cheese, walnuts, and pomegranate seeds.
2. Combine reserved pomegranate juice, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
3. Toss to combine
Use a liberal amount of pepper in the salad dressing for extra flavor.

These glistening pomegranate seeds are also delicious eaten on their own.

Candied Walnuts
1/4 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons sugar

1. Melt butter over low heat.
2. Add sugar and walnuts.
3. Cook 10 minutes over low heat, until nuts slightly browned. Watch carefully to avoid burning the nuts.

Candied walnuts are a great addition to any salad that includes fruit and cheese.

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