Thanksgiving is a time for family and good food (lots of food…lots of bad food!). Dishes that make their way to the Thanksgiving table are usually loaded with dairy (mashed potatoes, whipped cream), sugar (pie, sweet potatoes), processed ingredients (marshmallows, cranberry sauce from a can) and rancid oils (store bought dressings). Luckily, WLB is here to give you a slew of healthy, flavorful alternatives and healthier versions of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. This Orange Pomegranate Salad is a light, refreshing, and flavor-packed starter for your Thanksgiving table.
Oranges and pomegranates are great fruits to include in your diet this time of year because both citrus fruits and pomegranates are actually in season during late fall and winter. Even though oranges are usually in grocery stores year round, now is the time these fruits will be juiciest and most flavorful. As far as health benefits go, pretty much everyone knows oranges are high in Vitamin C. They also are loaded with something called flavanoids that work with the Vitamin C as a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. This combination is amazing for lowering cholesterol levels.
Interestingly, pomegranates are also high in Vitamin C and have a reputation for being a libido booster. This nutrition superstar has more anti-oxidants than blueberries, green tea, and red wine! This fruit only hits stores around September but is actually one of the oldest fruits known to man and originated from one of the oldest civilizations: Persia. Some people avoid this fruit because it’s a bit expensive and annoying to seed. But prices fall around this time of year and some stores sell pomegranates already seeded. If you want to try it out for yourself, check out this video. Either way, the Orange Pomegranate Salad isn’t really the same without the pomegranate…
- 1/4 cup Olive oil
- Fresh orange juice from 1 orange
- Fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp Maple syrup
- 6 cups Arugula or mixed greens
- Pomegranate seeds from 1 pomegranate
- Orange segments from 1 orange
- 1 cup Almonds, walnuts or pecans
- 4 oz Fresh mozzarella, feta or goat cheese (optional)
- 1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid or a small bowl. Shake or whisk vigorously until everything is emulsified.
- 2. Layer arugula, pomegranate seeds, orange segments, almond and cheese (if using) in a large bowl.
- 3. Serve with dressing on the side.
- Save leftover salad and add sliced turkey breast for a healthy post-holiday lunch.
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