Life in the Kitchen

Pomegranate, Kale and Wild Rice Salad.

In late summer, early winter, it’s still possible to find pomegranate in some stores or on trees – so here’s a salad (via pinchofyum.com) using kale, wild rice, nuts and feta, to pair up perfectly with those juicy red pomegranate pearls.

This salad blows me away.The flavors and colors make me want to cry happy tears. Kind of like the ones that almost came out of my eyes at lunch when I saw this salad awaiting me at the bottom of my lunch bag. It was a beacon of hope and I am 99.3487% sure that angels sang.

If those ruby pomegranate seeds don’t get to you, then you might not be real. The juicy little bursts of bright red are my bestest favoritist produce of winter. Why I haven’t used them more often in recent memory probably has something to do with The Sacrifice of the White Shirt, but all that aside, these little pups are just adorable and juicy-perfect.

Now, kale. I know we normal people all have mixed feelings. But baby kale is where it’s at. If you can do spinach, then baby kale is just one half step up on the weirdo-healthy-person food ladder. You’re like: Lindsay, my family won’t like kale. I PROMISE, almost promise, that they will. Chop it up real small and you get the benefit of the supernutrition and the eye-popping freshness of green without the overwhelming chomp factor. Say yes. Now. In three, two, one, YES.

A few more food thoughts –> The toasted walnuts add crunch. The feta adds feta. And the homemade dressing? It’s just a slight spin off of the homemade dressing from the brussels sprouts salad and it is D-licious.Use onion or shallot, saute to reduce the bite (or not, if you’re a flavor bite kinda person) and drizzle to your heart’s content.
Let me tell you the beautiful truth: I made this in less than 20 minutes.

And great recipes that are simple + healthy + gorgeous in < 20 minutes = my perfect life.

This is real math, and better yet, real food.

I see this at my Thanksgiving table this year. And every day from now till then and forevermore amen.

This salad blows me away.

INGREDIENTS

For the salad

1 cup pomegranate seeds
2 cups chopped baby kale
2 cups cooked wild rice (you can use leftover rice or buy precooked)
¼ cup toasted walnuts
¼ cup feta cheese

For the dressing

½ cup minced onion or shallot
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey
½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
1 squeeze lemon or orange juice

INSTRUCTIONS

Prep the salad ingredients (chop, rinse, toast, etc). Chill the ingredients in the fridge while you’re making the dressing if you want a cold salad.

Mince the shallot or onion and saute in ½ tablespoons olive oil to reduce the bite. When soft and fragrant, remove from heat and transfer to a food processor. (If you want a stronger flavor for your dressing, skip the sauteing altogether. The shallot in particular works well for this.)

Pulse the onions or shallots with the remaining olive oil, water, honey, apple cider vinegar, salt, and orange juice until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust. Add additional olive oil or water to keep the mixture moving through the food processor.

Toss the salad ingredients together with the dressing just before serving. I prefer to serve this at room temperature or chilled slightly. Recipe via pinchofyum.com.

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