Perk up with fresh flavors of the season in this immune boosting Winter Citrus Fruit Salad paired with a quick & easy 5-minute Pomegranate Rosemary Vinaigrette.
Winter Citrus Fruit Salad with Pomegranate Rosemary Vinaigrette
Winter is here in full force in Upstate NY, but thankfully we haven’t yet experienced the Polar Vortex they are calling for. Although temperatures in the low 20’s certainly qualify in my book!
It takes everything in me to bundle myself and my son Ransom up and drive to the grocery store in the snow. And if we go anytime after 4pm, you can add pitch black to the list, too. But once we get there I can finally relax, truly do enjoy grocery shopping! I try to go during really slow times, like Friday or Saturday nights, so I can take my time and let Ransom help me shop.
One of the best things about winter is enjoying produce that we don’t typically eat other times during the year. We try to eat seasonally as much as possible, which means now is the time to truly enjoy produce like citrus fruit and pomegranates, which are at their peak season right now.
Some of my other favorite seasonal winter produce items include:
- Sweet Potatoes
This Winter Citrus Fruit Salad really helps to incorporate all of the seasonal winter produce I love into one nutrient-packed dish. The citrus flavors balance perfectly with the addition of feta cheese and salty pumpkin seeds, making this a perfect entree to enjoy alone or as an accompanying side salad to your favorite dish.
My garden from last season is nearly long gone, with the exception of a few brussels sprouts I may never eat and a beautiful little herb named Rosemary. Because rosemary is similar to a Christmas tree, it continues to do well despite the snow and freezing cold temperatures.
Rosemary pairs perfectly with 100% pomegranate juice in this recipe to make a fresh and vibrant vinaigrette. 100% juice is filled with the same important vitamin and nutrients as the whole fruit it is squeezed from and made with no added sugar.
What I love most is that 100% juices contain potassium, vitamin C, folate, magnesium and valuable plant compounds. Put it all together with the nutrient dense foods in this citrus salad and you have one powerful superfood meal to help keep you happy & healthy this winter.
In order to make homemade dressing, I have found it very helpful to have an immersion blender, also known as a hand blender, available. You may also use another high-speed blender, or simply a mason jar with a tight fitting lid.
- 4 cups of Super Green salad mix kale, swiss chard, baby spinach
- 1/2 fennel bulb sliced thin
- 1 grapefruit peeled and sliced thin
- 1 tangerine peeled and sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons of pepitas or pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon of feta cheese
- 1 1/2 cups of 100% pomegranate juice reduced to 3/4 cup (see directions below)
- 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
- 1/4 cup of rice wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1/2 teaspoon of chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon of minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
For the Vinaigrette
Add the pomegranate juice to a small saucepan and place on the stove, on a simmer burner if you have one. If you have a heat diffuser, add that between the pan and the stove as well.
Remove the rosemary from the stem and add the sprigs to the saucepan.
Turn the heat to low and let this remain on the stove for 1 hour to reduce.
After an hour you should have about half the original volume you started with.
Strain to remove the rosemary leaves.
Measure to ensure you have 3/4 cup of reduced pomegranate juice for this recipe.
Combine the reduced pomegranate juice with the vinegar, lemon juice, honey , chopped rosemary, garlic, and black pepper.
Blend together, using an immersion blender if you have one.
After this is blended, continue to let the blender run while slowly drizzling in a stream of olive oil.
Toss together the salad ingredients. Drizzle on vinaigrette.
P.S. Shake the vinaigrette before each use!
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