This arugula, pomegranate and citrus salad tossed with a pomegranate and blood orange balsamic vinaigrette is one of my favorite flavor combinations. Despite its simplicity, there is nothing boring about this vibrant Mediterranean salad! The peppery arugula is a lovely backdrop for the sunny citrus and sweet tangy bursts of pomegranate seeds. A basic vinaigrette becomes gourmet just by adding a few tablespoons of pomegranate blood orange syrup. With its amazing taste and beautiful colors, this salad makes eating healthy something to look forward to.
Both pomegranate and citrus are in season in the winter, making this salad ideal for this time of year. Not to mention all that over indulging during the holidays means you’re probably looking for a few healthy and easy recipe ideas.
Pomegranates, although known for being somewhat laborious, are well worth the small amount of effort involved to get them open. They’re mega high in antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, as well as other nutrients that your body needs. The health benefits of those little red seeds include improved heart health, improved memory and cancer fighting abilities. If you haven’t tried them yet, now is the time!
To find the best pomegranates with ripe, sweet seeds, look for ones that feel heavy and have a slightly angular shape. Not only will the fruit be sweeter and less tart, the seeds or arils will be easier to remove. A little trick to getting them out? Cut the fruit in half horizontally, loosen the seeds inside by pushing on the outer skin, and then firmly whack the back of the fruit with any utensil while holding the pomegranate cut side down in your hand.
If you needed any other reason to try this salad, its worth mentioning that pomegranates aren’t the only thing that make this salad really good for you. Arugula has tons of health benefits too. It’s full of antioxidants and rich in vitamins C, A, K and B vitamins, and especially folate, in addition to being loaded with potassium and calcium.
Add all the health benefits and vitamin C in citrus and you’re really loading up on some crazy good nutrients. They’ll come in handy particularly in the winter, helping to boost the immune system to keep you from getting sick. Any variety of orange works well with this salad, including mandarin oranges and tangerines. I usually end up using navel oranges but if you have access to good, quality blood oranges I highly recommend them.
Arugula, Pomegranate and Citrus Salad
- 6 cups arugula, washed and dried
- 1 or 2 oranges (or other citrus) peeled and cut into pieces
- seeds of 1 pomegranate
Mix the arugula, citrus and pomegranate in a salad bowl. For the Pomegranate Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette, mix one part Modena balsamic vinegar to three parts quality extra virgin olive oil. To this basic balsamic vinaigrette I add a few tablespoons of Feudo delle Ginestre Pomegranate Blood Orange Syrup to taste. Mix until well incorporated and toss with the salad. If you don’t have the pre-made stuff, you can always make it yourself. Simply simmer pomegranate juice and blood orange juice (approximately 1/4 cup total) over low heat until it thickens and reduces to a syrup.