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Spinach Salad with Pomegranate, Walnuts & Pomegranate Dressing

Spinach Salad with Pomegranate, Walnuts & Pomegranate Dressing

This is a nutrition-packed salad I make all the time. It’s simple to make but elegant enough for a dinner party. This spinach salad recipe uses tender leaves, crunchy and sweet soaked walnuts and tangy pomegranate seeds. What’s there not to love?

I went to my local Turkish shop a few days ago and bought three big bunches of spinach, on impulse. The spinach looked very fresh and lovely and its leaves were pointed. I soaked my spinach in plenty of cold water as soon as I got home to keep it fresh then carefully washed and rinsed it. There was a lot of sand in the roots so soaking helped get rid of that.

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Lovely bunch of spinach soaked in cold water and washed. This is a variety with pointed leaves.

What to do next? I thought I’d use the smallest leaves to make my favourite spinach salad. I had bought a few lovely pomegranates, too. The other ingredient I needed was walnuts. I always have some at home. All set.

I poured boiling water over the walnut halves in a bowl and let them soak for a few minutes to remove the bitterness from the skin. Then I drained them and soaked again in cold water. Soaking gives walnuts a very lovely texture, almost like fresh walnuts. Us Persians are suckers for fresh walnuts. It’s a delicacy sold on the street in summer time. Here is how they looked after soaking:

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Soaked walnuts are so much more delicious than dry.

I seeded all the pomegranates, picked the small leaves from the spinach and saved the big leaves and stems to use later for another favourite salad.

Pomegranate-seeds
Pomegranate goes incredibly well with spinach.

At dinner time the only thing that we needed to do was to make the dressing. I didn’t weigh the spinach, pomegranate seeds or walnuts. Too busy making the dinner. But I did measure the ingredients for the dressing.

I can’t live without salad. And by that I mean green, leafy, with other veg or fruit. Have you seen my Herby, Garlicky, Lemony Lettuce Salad recipe? That’s one I love too and make all the time.

By the way, using smoked sea salt flakes gives the dressing a bit of a smokey edge. I love that. But you can use any kind of salt that you wish.

 

Here is how to make the dressing:

Ingredients for pomegranate salad dressing to serve four to six people:

  • 6 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses/syrup (Persian is best)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp smoked sea salt flakes or pinch of regular salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Method:

Put everything in a small jar and shake well. Pour over the salad just before serving.