Sinnergy Wellness Group & SWEAT Nutrition Partner
The holiday season means it’s pomegranate season! They may take some practice to peel, but pomegranates are so worth the work. With their burst of flavor, beautiful color and juicy texture, they are an amazing addition to tons of dishes this time of year.
We often think of salads as a “have to” or boring go-to, but that’s only the case if we don’t venture into the world of textures and flavors that will make any salad satisfying and delicious. This salad in particular is full of amazing nutrition. You not only get great sources of macronutrients (carbs, protein and fat) but also vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are hard to beat. Pomegranates provide a special wealth of nutrition known to have some medicinal properties, including anti-inflammatory effects and possible blood pressure lowering ability.
Aside from being full of really great nutrition, this salad is satisfying because of the varied textures from the pistachios, apples, and quinoa. Feel free to swap out the goat cheese for feta or any cheese you might like.You can also substitute any greens in place of the spinach. This beautiful salad would make a stunning side dish for any holiday meal!
2 cups cooked red quinoa
2 cups chopped pickled or regular cooked beets
1 cup pomegranate arils
4 ounces goat cheese
1/2 cup crushed or chopped pistachios
2 cups chopped Opal apples
2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach
Handful of green onions or fresh herbs if you want
Dressing of choice – see recipe notes below*
For Mason jar salads, layer in order: 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/2 cup beets, 1/4 cup pomegranate arils, 1 ounce goat cheese, 2 tablespoons pistachios, herbs, 1/2 cup apples, and 1/2 cup spinach. Store in the fridge for as long as 4 – 5 days. When ready to serve, toss with the dressing.
If not making in Mason jars, toss everything together and serve immediately. I also recommend saving some pomegranate arils, crushed pistachios, and crumbled goat cheese to make it look pretty on top.
*I used a store-bought Champagne vinaigrette which was the perfect complement to the salty-sweet-crunchiness in this salad. That being said, the salad has so many flavors and textures that just a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar would be a light and delicious dressing.