FALLing in love with a Pomegranate, Pear, & Kale Salad

This week has been filled with a lot of random posts. While those posts were surprisingly popular, I am bringing it back home with a healthy salad recipe.  Now I know what you are thinking, “Isn’t this girl sick of salads?!” Yes, if you have been reading my Target Practice Friday posts, you know that I have been in a salad rut lately. But after a few weeks of soup, canned tuna, and pizza (insert guilty face here!), I have slowly been re-introducing salad into my meals.

IMG_6360-pInspiration struck this weekend when I picked up my CSA box which was filled with fall fruit and veggies likes pomegranates, pears, and kale.  I had the perfect mixing for a beautiful fall salad… just what I needed to get me out of this salad rut!

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Pomegranate, Pear & Kale Salad
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Serves: 1-2
 

Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of kale, de-stemmed and chopped
  • 1 pomegrante, seeded
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas
  • 1½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1 teaspoon organic honey

Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mixed olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette, and honey until well combined.
  2. Massage the kale with the honey balsamic dressing, then set in the fridge for 30 minutes to soften the kale leaves. This makes it easier to digest!
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl of water, remove the pomegranate seeds from it’s membrane.
  4. After 30 minutes, remove the kale leaves from the fridge. Top with pomegranate seeds, sliced pear, walnuts, and pepitas.

IMG_6370-pGrowing up in a small farm town, it seemed like everyone and their mother had a grove of some kind in their neighborhood.  We were lucky enough to have a few groves like lemons and pomegranates in our neighborhood. All the kids of in our hood (that sounds so gangsta!) would pick the pomegranates from our neighbor’s grove and crack them open on their white picket fence!  Our parents may or may not have been called after a “bloody” fence started to develop. :-)

IMG_6345-pLater in my life, I learned a few tricks to open the juicy pomegranates without creating a bloody mess! Pun intended!

IMG_6335-pI am not sure where I learned this trick (I want to say Food Network) but it’s by far the best! Simply cut the pomegranate in half and place it in a large bowl of water. Working in the water, separate the seeds from the outer membrane.  The seeds with sink to the bottom of the bowl, while the membrane will float to the top of the water making it easy to skim off the top. Then drain the seeds from the water. So simple!

What is your favorite fall salad?  Have you ever used the water bowl trick with pomegranates? Did you grow up in a small town?  What type of trouble did you get into as a kid? 

8 thoughts on “FALLing in love with a Pomegranate, Pear, & Kale Salad

  1. Thanks so much for the pomegranate seed advise! I’m 54 and have never heard of this. I love your recipes and posts! Keep it up!!!!

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