Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

October 17, 2016

Because of it's color scheme, this salad makes a beautiful & healthy addition to your Christmas dinner table. But why stop there... add this to your salad rotation any time of the year, just as I have!

The original recipe for this fabulous salad & dressing is from my friend at The Persian Fusion http://www.thepersianfusion.com/ and she's given me permission to share my version with you. I really didn't change much from her original recipe, because it was just perfect the way she created it. I hope you'll visit her website & try some of her other delicious recipes.

Serves: 4 to 6 depending on the size of the salads

Ingredients

4 Tblsp shelled pine nuts (see Tip# 1)

6 Tblsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

2 Tblsp pomegranate molasses syrup (see Tip# 2)

2 Tblsp balsamic vinegar

1/4 tsp smoked or plain sea salt flakes (smoked is best)

Fresh ground black pepper, 4 to 6 pepper mill turns

1 large handful organic baby spinach leaves per salad

1/8 to 1/4 cup pomegranate arils (seeds) per salad

Optional for serving: feta or goat cheese

Directions

1 Preheat a cast iron skillet on medium heat for a couple of minutes. Add pine nuts & gently stir-fry about 2 minutes till they just start to brown slightly (lower heat if they brown too fast). Remove to a small plate & refrigerate to cool.

2 Add EVOO, syrup, vinegar, salt & pepper to a jar/container with a tight fitting lid. Shake well till ingredients are fully combined. Set aside.

3 Arrange some spinach on each plate, sprinkle with pomegranate & pine nuts. Add cheese, if using. Shake dressing, pour over salads & serve.

Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Tips & Suggestions

1 Shelled pine nuts can be found in most major supermarkets. I like to buy a large amount & roast them all at the same time. Then I store them either in the frig or freezer, so I always have some on hand for salads, pesto or to use in other recipes.

2 If you can't find this locally, you can order pomegranate molasses syrup online from Amazon.com.

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2 thoughts on “Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

  1. Hello there! This looks fantastic and I love your suggestion to use pine nuts and cheese. Might do that myself as well. Thank you for trusting my recipe, trying it and giving it a new twist.

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