While staying with the festive theme of red and green, this salad is the perfect way of bringing some much-needed balance back after numerous rich and indulgent meals at this time of year. Full of ingredients with plenty of crunch and revitalizing nutrients, you will be primed and ready to hit the dancefloor! The mix of flavours and colours makes this an ideal Christmas salad but it will equally tickle your tastebuds throughout the year – dynamite!
CRUNCHY, COLOURFUL CHRISTMAS SALAD
Preparation time: 10 minutes
For the salad:
1 head of Romaine lettuce
A few leaves of kale or cavolo nero
1 red pepper
¼ cup of pomegranate seeds
1 ball of fresh mozarella
A handful of almonds or walnuts
A few basil, oregano and mint leaves
For the dressing:
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp of pomegranate seeds
1 tsp of honey
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Combine all the dressing ingredients into a blender or food processor & mix well.
2. Assemble the salad in a large bowl.
3. Sprinkle with finely chopped fresh herbs and top with a slice of fresh mozarella.
4. Add vinaigrette to taste & dig in!
I don’t know if it is simply because the fruit resembles a big Christmas ball but I always find myself drawn to buying pomegranates at times of celebration. In order to save time and avoid getting any stains, there are two easy ways to collect the seeds without the juice exploding everywhere.
A. Stand over a bowl. Cut the fruit in half & tap the base with either a spatula or wooden spoon. The seeds will easily come out & fall into the bowl. Child’s play!
B. Fill a bowl with water. Cut the fruit into quarters & immerse it in the water. Keeping the fruit under water, scoop out the grains with your fingers. You’ll notice that the water will make the white flesh break away and float to the surface. Pour everything into a sieve & you will then be easily able to collect the seeds while keeping your hands clean!
STAR INGREDIENT: POMEGRANATE
Adding pomegranate seeds to a salad is a great way to enhance both the flavour and increase its nutritional content. The arils, otherwise known as the juicy, slightly crunchy seeds found inside the fruit explode satisfyingly in the mouth releasing a whole host of health benefits. They are full of Vitamin C & B5, as well as antioxidants such as flavonoids (phytonutrients or plant chemicals that give fruits and vegetables their wonderful array of colours). Diets high in these have been associated with the prevention of cancer and heart disease. Sprinkle them on green or fruit salads, or incorporate them into salsas and smoothies and make the most of these gorgeous little red pearls.