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.
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.
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.
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.
December can be a rough “fitness”month; how are you staying active?
Do you eat salads often in winter?