I normally LOOOOOOVE salads, but during the cold winter months I tend to crave those hearty, warm, feel-good foods like stews and soups. Don't you?? So a fresh greens are not really on the menu at our house at the moment. BUT lately I've been on a kale & pomegranate kick, and since these are seasonal right now, they have totally turned me back onto salads.
Perhaps I should also give a shout-out to fellow Canadian blogger Angela from @ohsheglows. Kale is a staple in her recipes, and since I probably make one of her vegan recipes every week, I'm usually buying kale by the bunches. But there's only so much kale I can eat in stew....SO I opted to make a fresh + crunchy salad instead.
This is so easy-peasy and quick to make, and if you make a big batch it will last in your fridge the whole week. YES, the whole week without going bad. I've tested it myself. And if you buy pre-shredded carrots, beets, kale, and hulled pomegranate seeds, you'll be able to throw this together in literally 5 min. Which is so essential because as a busy working mom, I definitely ain't got time for hours and hours of meal prepping!!
Have it as your side dish, or add a bit of protein to it to make it a balanced lunch throughout the week. It's an awesome recipe to add to your salad repertoire, especially if losing body fat AND eating delicious + healthy meals is your priority!
Winter Kale & Pomegranate Salad
Prep Time: 15 min | Total Time: 15 min | Makes: 5-6 servings
- 1 large bunch of kale OR ~350 grams shredded kale
- 1 large carrot, peeled & shredded
- 2 large beets, peeled & shredded
- Seeds of 1/2 pomegranate OR ~150 grams hulled pomegranate seeds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
White Wine Vinaigrette:
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
- Juice from half a lemon
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- Pinch of sea salt
1. Place kale, carrot, beet, pumpkin seeds and pomegranate into a large bowl.
2. Using a mason jar or small bowl mix/whisk vinaigrette ingredients. *Pour all over salad, then using your hands, massage into the salad for a few minutes.
3. Enjoy with a main meal, or divvie salad up into Tupperwares for the work week.
*You'd think this salad would get super gross from the dressing being applied to it, but it actually softens the hard kale and veggies, unlike a spinach salad which would be a soggy mess!