If you were looking for a fabulous salad to serve with Christmas dinner, this would be a great contender. But it is beautiful and refreshing all year round, especially at the end of summer when zucchini are not only in season, but inexpensive and more than plentiful.
The pop of pomegranate seeds provides great texture and a bit of tart sweetness. You can sometimes find pomegranate seeds already removed from the fruit, in small cups, in the refrigerated prepared vegetables section. And of course you can buy the fruit and remove them yourself if that’s not an option. This is a real showstopper of a salad.
- 1 large zucchini
- 2 cups baby arugula
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- For the Lemon Vinaigrette:
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin)
- Coarse salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 large shallot (thinly sliced)
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano (chopped)
Using a vegetable peeler, cut lengthwise down the zucchini to create thin flat strips, rotating the zucchini so that you keep getting a thin edge of green on most of the slices. Also turn it so that you don’t slice into the core with the seeds.
Place the zucchini ribbons in a large bowl. Add the arugula and half the pomegranate seeds.
In a small container, combine the lemon juice, rice vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, shallots and fresh mint and oregano. Shake to blend, pour the dressing on the salad, and toss to combine. Sprinkle over the remaining pomegranate seeds and serve.
What are the health benefits of pomegranates?
"The health benefits of pomegranate are innumerable. Apart from being healthy, pomegranates are delicious as well. Pomegranates also have antioxidant, antiviral and antitumor properties. They are said to be good sources of vitamins, since it includes vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as folic acid. This fruit consists of three times as many antioxidants as both wine or green tea. It is said to be a healthy powerhouse.
Pomegranates are known mostly for curing problems related to the heart and for maintaining effective and healthy blood circulation. Other health benefits include being a cure for stomach disorders, cancer, dental conditions, osteoarthritis, anemia and diabetes.
The health benefits of pomegranates can be enjoyed by consuming them in several ways. You can take them in the form of a juice or you can eat its seeds, syrup, paste, nectar or concentrate."