Finding new and creative ways to make salads is my ever present quest. One thing that I love to do is incorporating fruits and nuts into my salad greens. I adapted this recipe for spinach salad with pomegranate dressing from a similar Middle Eastern dish that uses cooked spinach. I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of cooked spinach; its color and taste change when cooked. Spinach salad with pomegranate dressing tastes supper fresh and the raisins, pine nuts and tomatoes add great visual contrast as well as multiple textures. I came up with this recipe with Thanksgiving and Christmas in mind. These two major holidays always force me to think outside the box. Creating side dishes that are not just tasty, but different and easy to make.
I went for slivered almonds to add visual interest; the skinny shape contrasts nicely with the squarish tomato pieces. Also, the deep, almost black color of the raisins, as well as their irregular shape creates a visually appealing salad. The pomegranate dressing that goes along with it is so good. So good in fact, that I am making on a regular basis to go with our salads at home. I found the pomegranate molasses in the ethnic section of my grocery store.
And finally, the nutrition factor in this salad is more than plentiful. Spinach is rich in potassium, as well as other vitamins (K and A) and minerals. Raisins,almonds, and tomatoes are very nutritious as well. Let me know what you think!
- 1 5 oz. bags of spinach
- 2 Tbsp. raisins
- 2 Tbsp. slivered almonds
- 1 Roma tomatoes seeded, cored, and diced
- ¾ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. pomegranate molasses
- 1 Tbsp. finely minced shallots
- 1 tsp.. Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp. Kosher salt
- ⅛ tsp. pepper
- To make the dressing place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk.
- Place tomatoes, almonds, and raisins in individual prep bowls.
- Place in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.
- To assemble the salad, wash the spinach thoroughly. Place in a bowl, then casually sprinkle the tomatoes, raisins and almonds, alternating to create a visually appealing dish.