December Salads

Salads of the week!

This Sunday I spent some time making hearty salads. I can’t sleep if I don’t know what I’m bringing to work for lunch the next day so meal prep is crucial for me!

For the past two weeks Green Earth Organics have sent me a pomegranate in my weekly delivery. Pomegranates have got to be some of the most beautiful things that grow on this earth. But, to be perfectly honest, they don’t really inspire me recipe-wise.

I have been putting the seeds in sparkling water with sliced lime which makes a refreshing drink. And I used the seeds in both of these recipes for a hit of sweetness and splash of colour. But they just don’t seem very versatile to me.  Does anyone have any suggestions for ways I could use them?

First up was a broccoli and kale slaw.

I macerated half a red onion in apple cider vinegar, added one finely chopped apple, one shredded head of broccoli and a healthy portion of kale, finely chopped and gently massaged. I added olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard and Maldon salt to taste. To finish I sprinkled with toasted walnuts the seeds of half a pomegranate.

A fresh, crunchy salad with a nice balance between sweet and tang.


Then I did a roasted cauliflower and carrot salad.

I broke one head of cauliflower into small florets using my hands. I finely sliced three carrots. I rubbed these with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with cumin, coriander, cinnamon, brown sugar and a little bit of chili. I roasted these at 200C for about 10 minutes, at which point they were slightly caramelised but still crunchy.

While these were cooking I macerated half a red onion in apple cider vinegar. Once the carrots and cauliflower were done and slightly  cooled I added them to the onions and topped with finely chopped parsley and pomegranate seeds.

This salad was a beauty. I loved the contrast between the rich, dense, sweetness of the roasted vegetables and the fresh crunchy tang of the raw onion.  I know many people are afraid of raw onion but when it has been macerated it loses its harsh bite and will not give you bad breath!


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