A SPINACH SALAD TO WRITE HOME ABOUT

I know, spinach salad is not the most exciting item in the culinary world. I admit it. But this one got two very enthusiastic thumbs up from the husband, who prefers to reserve his excitement for things like a juicy T-bone steak, or falling-off-the-bone barbecue ribs. Every component helps the other one shine. Give it a try.

SPINACH SALAD WITH PEARS AND WALNUTS
(from the Bewitching Kitchen)

for the salad:
a bunch of spinach leaves, preferably baby spinach
a handful of walnuts, lightly toasted with a touch of salt
one or two Bartlett pears, peeled and thinly sliced
feta cheese, crumbled, amount to taste
pomegranate seeds, sprinkled with abandon

for the dressing:
3 tablespoons grape seed oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
a touch of mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Make the dressing by whisking all the ingredients together. I actually prefer to add everything but the oil, so that the salt dissolves well into the vinegar. Whisk the oil, make a nice emulsion and reserve.

Add the spinach leaves to a platter, place all other components on top. Add the dressing, toss the leaves very gently to coat.  Serve right away.

ENJOY!

to print the recipe, click here

Comments: I confess to having a problem with pomegranate seeds. I cannot stop grabbing the cups full of them, sold at Dillon’s.  I know, who needs to buy that when you can get the fruit and whack it yourself? I can tell you one thing, if you could watch me performing the maneuver of getting seeds off the fruit, you would understand why I avoid doing it. Yes, I’ve tried every single “easy and efficient” method published in magazines, books, and websites. Even the one describe as “The Ultimate Trick for Pomegranate Seeds Removal.” Thanks, but no thanks.  But, whatever your method of choice, try this salad, it is really delicious, and elegant enough for company. The juicy pears, the salty feta, the nutty nuts, well… you get the picture.

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17 thoughts on “A SPINACH SALAD TO WRITE HOME ABOUT

  1. Lovely salad!!! and I agree about the pomegranate seeds, I’ve tried every method too, and each time my kitchen ends up looking like a bloody massacre and I find dots of pink juice everywhere, right across the room and all over my clothes!!!! the only method that has worked slightly for me has been extracting the seeds in a big bowl of water, but the juice still manages to get everywhere 😳

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  2. I get the seeds out by halving the pomegranate around the equator and hitting the north pole and south pole positions with the back of a big wooden spoon. This has to be done over a big bowl. Then pick out the pith that has fallen in. Easy.
    Anything with spinach in is a good thing.

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  3. Pears and walnuts, what a classic and great-tasting combination. I’ve opened a pomegranate myself only once, and it was exactly how everyone explained. I was finding pink juice spots weeks later on my white cabinets all around the kitchen. I remember Dillon’s from when I lived in Austin, but I thought it was a department store like a Macy’s?

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