Recently while at home visiting my parents I added them to a super simple massaged kale salad (literally the only 3 ingredients were kale, pomegranate and dressing) and it was amazing. I decided to recreate it and to add a few more ingredients to really make it complete. I was not disappointed with this wonderous salad - but really how could I be with nature's very own sweet tarts in the mix?
Also, poms just have a way about being festive, so I feel like any recipe making use of them automatically can be considered holiday-meal appropriate. (ie. I will be bringing this salad to any holiday potlucks I get invited to!)
Winter Kale Salad with Avocado + Pomegranate
1 head kale
1 pomegranate or 3/4 cup POM POMS Fresh Arils
1 avocado, diced
1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp maple syrup or agave
sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper
Prepare the vinaigrette dressing by whisking together the oil, lemon juice, sweetener and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Wash and dry the kale leaves. Strip the greens from their tough stem and chop or tear leaves into small, bite-sized pieces and place them in a large bowl. Drizzle kale with half of the dressing and using clean hands, massage into the kale for 2-3 minutes.
Remove the arils from the pomegranate and add to the kale along with the avocado and pumpkin seeds. Add the remaining dressing, toss well and serve.
If you are craving something sweet, I've been adding fresh pom arils to my vanilla chia pudding and it's so yummy - it really perks up the flavour! This recipe for POM Sorbet also looks great - and I'm sure you could substitute a quick simple syrup in place of the corn syrup it calls for.
Also, if you're still spending a lot of time and frustration trying to seed your pomegranates, then you need to watch this video! The wooden spoon technique just might be my favourite kitchen hack. It's SO easy. GAME CHANGER.
What's your favourite way to enjoy pomegranate season? Please share in the comments!
Disclaimer: POM Wonderful provided me with pomegranates which I happily consumed in all sorts of delicious ways.