RECIPE: WATERMELON POMEGRANATE TOSSED SALAD
There are super foods (foods packed with health benefits), and then there are superhero foods, which are usually recipes made with one or more super foods. This Watermelon Pomegranate Tossed Salad is one of those superheroes.
According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board website, this salad is also known as the “Red Eye Special” because it’s rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, two compounds shown to protect eyes from vision loss. It also supplies more than half your daily need for the B vitamin, folate, the entire day’s need for vitamin A, along with hefty doses of vitamin C, iron, magnesium, calcium, and antioxidants.
To be honest, I’ve never actually eaten a pomegranate, but I’ve had pomegranate juice, so I know it’s delicious. After taking a look at this recipe, however, I might have to pick up a pomegranate or two during this week’s grocery trip. Before then, I’ll have to do some research to figure out what they look like.
Watermelon Pomegranate Tossed Salad
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar (Pomegranate vinegar is the best)
1 1 /2 Tablespoons orange zest
1 Tablespoon agave syrup
1 small shallot, minced
1/8 teaspoon stone-ground mustard
1 /2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
8 cups baby spinach (one 6-ounce bag or carton)
3/4 cup diced red onion
2 cups diced watermelon (placed on paper towel to drain excess fluid)
1 clamshell (6 ounces)
fresh raspberries (as many as you’d like)
1 /2 cup pomegranate seeds
Place juice in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and simmer until reduced to about 3 tablespoons and liquid is a thick syrup. Set aside. When cool, add remaining dressing ingredients, from vinegar to salt and pepper. Whip. Set aside for flavors to blend.
Place spinach in a large serving bowl. Top with onion, watermelon, raspberries, and pomegranate seeds. Divide onto four salad plates and drizzle with dressing.
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