I have always been a little unsure about pomegranates.
Much like beets, I shrugged them off as just too much work.
How do I get those tiny seeds out?
How do I even eat them? Are they like sunflower seeds? Can I just pop them in my mouth?
Good Papa admitted that he had never even tried them before.
So, I’m glad that I decided to crack that bad boy open and give those delicious, juicy seeds a try.
W was also glad. Let’s just say, it was extremely difficult to make this salad and take pictures without his little, chubby hands sneaking fistfuls.
I was able to finish my pomegranate quinoa salad recipe and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out.
The light citrus dressing and super healthy ingredients makes this a wonderful compliment to all of the heavy, rich dishes frequently served during the holidays.
Also, I love the colors of this festive salad. It’s the perfect side dish for a Christmas party!
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**For help getting those pesky seeds out, I just used the advice from Simply Recipes. Basically, after you cut down the ridges, pick the seeds out over a bowl of water. The membranes will float to the top and seeds will sink to the bottom. Easy as pie!
- 3 C cooked quinoa
- 2 C spinach
- 1 C cucumbers, chopped
- 1 C pomegranate seeds
- 3/4 C olive oil
- 1/4 C champagne vinegar (you could substitute white wine vinegar)
- 2 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp fresh mint, chopped
- 1 tsp onion or shallot, minced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Cook quinoa as directed on the package. I always use chicken or vegetable stock instead of water. It adds an extra flavor. Set aside to cool.
- Once quinoa is cool, mix in spinach, cucumber and pomegranate seeds.
- Whisk together orange juice, lemon juice, olive oil, champagne vinegar, mint, onion, salt and pepper to make the dressing.
- Toss dressing with the salad*
- *Note: You really don't need much dressing. I would add a little at a time to your taste.
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