a salad fit for christmas — arugula, pomegranate, pear & pumpkins seeds

christmas salad!

christmas salad!

I volunteered to bring a salad to dinner on Sunday and basically just looked in my fridge and pantry to try to combine a few things I already had. The result was so yummy that we had it three nights in a row!

This salad is festive, fresh, and the perfect complement to a heavier winter meal. Better yet, it’s Christmas colors!

Here’s a look.

servings

6

prep:cook time

20 minutes

ingredients

  • one container pre-washed arugula
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (roasted and salted or is raw, roast and salt them yourself…I prefer the latter)
  • goat cheese (pre-crumbled, or crumble it yourself with a fork…again, I prefer the latter)
  • pomegranate arils from 1/2 pomegranate (pre-packaged, or whacked out yourself…you know what I’m going to say)
  • one asian pear
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • two cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 t thyme (fresh or dried)
  • lemon juice from 1 1/2 lemons
  • 1 t honey
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper

instructions

  1. If you have raw pumpkin seeds, roast them with a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper over medium heat in a small pan.
  2. If you have a whole pomegranate, cut it in half, whack it with a wooden spoon into a bowl to release some arils, and then pick the rest out with your hands. More on this here. it’s a pain, but as my future brother-in-law said on Thanksgiving while slapping a fruit with a wooden spoon, “it’s therapeutic.”
  3. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, honey, salt and pepper in a container that you can seal with a lid. I like to use a small mason jar and shake the dressing to mix it.
  4. Thinly slice the pear into thick matchsticks.
  5. Add the arugula (I use a heaping handful x the number of people eating), pomegranate arils, roasted pumpkins seeds, sliced pear, and crumbled goat cheese to a bowl. Dress the salad when ready, and enjoy!
also known as pipettes :)

also known as pepitas 🙂

arils ready to go

arils ready to go

I like to use a small mason jar so it's easy to shake up the dressing

I like to use a small mason jar so it’s easy to shake up the dressing

ingredients for the dressing

ingredients for the dressing

i absolutely love pomegranates...their a pain to get the arils out of, but they're so pretty and delicious!

i absolutely love pomegranates…their a pain to get the arils out of, but they’re so pretty and delicious!

fresh triple washed arugula

fresh triple washed arugula

pan roasted pepitas...so good as a snack alone also!

pan roasted pepitas…so good as a snack alone also!

dressing all shaken up

dressing all shaken up

christmas colors!

christmas colors!

cheers krista

brass blossom

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