Poor Man’s Pomegranate Vinaigrette

15 Wed, 2010 § 7 Comments

We just moved into our new place & desperately needed to restock the pantry.  Because we are still on one income, I’m very aware of the budget.

I could not justify spending $10 – $15 on pure pomegranate juice after shelling out nearly $10 on a bottle of mirin.  What can I say?  I can’t would rather not live without it.  I love the stuff & use “just a dash” constantly.  Fortunately Dave didn’t ask me to live without it.  Don’t I have the best husband?!

I really wanted fabulous salads for Sunday’s dinner & was not about to sway too far from the planned menu.

ta-dah

A blend of pomegranate, cranberry & apple juices, only $3 & still 100% juice.  Perfect!

We tossed the mixed winter greens & thin slices of pear with the pomegranate dressing, then topped with additional pear slices, oven-roasted & salted pumpkin seeds & finally pomegranate seeds.  The next day for lunch I added bee pollen as well, which I’ve been told is a great protein source for vegetarians.  [Thanks Lindsey!]

This baby herb salad mix is tasty.  The only downfall is the risk of an occasional bite of cilantro.  Blah, not a fan.  A very nice bite that did complement the pomegranate, pears & seeds was fresh dill.  I know; I wasn’t expecting that either.  It makes me think just a little dill might be a nice addition to the dressing.  Better yet, if you have fresh dill on hand, toss a few sprigs into your salad mix.

Pomegranate Vinaigrette

makes ~1 cup

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • ½ C pomegranate juice blend [add less if using pure pom juice]
  • ½ C extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T stoneground mustard
  • sea salt to taste

Combine & blend all ingredients in a blender or whisk by hand.

Vinaigrette will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator.

This went really well with a side of sausages: Dave had a couple delicious smelling turkey chorizo, & I enjoyed a Field Roast Smoked Apple-Sage — my favorite yet.

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Not only is our pantry getting back into the swing of things, but our activity level is too!  Dave has been biking to work, & yesterday morning I decided to tag along for the 10.5 mi round-trip.  What a nice ride, especially compared to what we are used to in SLC.  It is extremely bike-commuter friendly here!  One of the main bike lanes is an extra-wide sidewalk with a pretty moderate incline/decline.  It runs parallel to the train tracks which is pretty neat, & part of it is actually a section of the original highway #66 — rad bus stop & all.  Did I mention we only have to go through a couple lights [as opposed to dozens]?!  Glorious.  It felt great to get back on my pedals!  I mean, it was cold; my fingers hurt & I couldn’t feel my feet for about an hour afterward, but it was worth it.

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December can be a rough “fitness”month; how are you staying active?

Do you eat salads often in winter?

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§ 7 Responses to Poor Man’s Pomegranate Vinaigrette

  • CJ Keller says:

    I’m not a vegetarian, but that looks and sounds good!

  • Julia says:

    Gorgeous salad, and I definitely plan to borrow that recipe for the dressing – it sounds flavorful and amazing!
    I love that you used a pom juice blend. It makes me sad how expensive straight pom juice is.
    And I can definitely appreciate the living on one income (or currently no income in our case eek). It makes me glad for the less expensive staple foods (oats, grains, beans).

    • Allie Finch says:

      I think it would be great with other juices too — maybe even cran-raspberry. It is sad how expensive some things are — especially in AZ! [higher cost of living but not higher wages 😦 lame.]

  • Natalie says:

    I love berry vinaigrette! This salad looks delicious…and you know me and salads 😉

    In fact, I was about to post about “winter” salads. Hmmm…we’re on the same page, for sure.

    I hope your move went well and you’re enjoying settling into your new place!!

    • Allie Finch says:

      I do know you & salads! You’re helping me to eat more of them — like one a day — because you make them interesting, & I think “come on, you can have a salad for lunch…Natalie eats salads for lunch.”
      I can’t wait to hear about your winter salads.

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