I didn’t realize that eating pomegranates was something people struggled with until I started seeing various videos being posted about the ‘right’ way to peel them, or how to eat them without making a mess. Even still, a shocking number of these videos called for you doing this in a bowl of water? I feel like that seems like more trouble then it needs to be. I use this method, and always have- though I’ve never really thought of it as being a ‘method’ exactly.
Pomegranates are often a bit pricy, but they are SO pretty and tasty and make such a pretty addition to dinner salads, fruit salads and drinks that I feel they are totally worth it. I also love that they are a bit of work to eat. They also keep amazingly well in the fridge. And even when the outside starts to look a little dried and sad, they are usually still perfect and bright on the inside! They are a good sort of picking at snack… for when you’re not *really* hungry, but looking for a little something.
At least around here, you can generally only find pomegranates in the winter, so they are something I associate with winter salads rather than summer ones.
Time: about 10 minutes
Serves: 2 as a very generous side
Dressing– makes about 1/3 cup of dressing (more than you need for 2 servings)
You will need:
- 1/4 cup of pomegranate arils
- 1 blood orange(or regular orange)
- about 4 cups salad greens
- a few shavings of a hard sharp aged cheese (parmesan, pecorino, romano, asiago – anything aged and sharp)
- juice of one or two fresh lemons – you want about 1/4 cup of juice, so it will depend on the juiciness of your lemons
- 2 tbsp olive or sunflower oil
- 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
- 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- pinch of salt
- several generous grinds of fresh pepper
- *1 tsp apple cider vinegar if you feel it needs a bit more acid
Whisk together dressing ingredients. Taste your dressing. If you feel like it needs a bit more of an acidic punch, add 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar. Mix greens and dressing (you probably don’t need all of it, but it depends on how dressed you like your salad)
Add dressed greens to bowls and top with pomegranate arils, blood orange slices, a few curls of a sharp salty cheese of your choice and a few grinds of fresh pepper.