Thursday, 5 December 2013

Chicory, Walnut and Pomegranate Salad with Walnut and Clementine Dressing

At this most wonderful time of year I would estimate that I'm around 10% booze, 20% pastry, 40% cheese, 10% bacon wrapped sausages and 20% mince meat. It's not a good look. The thought of tucking into a cucumber really doesn't appeal to me. Not at all. No. If I am in need of some cleansing and a break from all the indulgence it still has to be in keeping with the season. Hence walnuts, clementines and pomegranates all become great mates through the vehicle of chicory.
You will need (for 2 as a light main, for 4 as a side):
2 chicory heads
Small handful walnuts
1/2 pomegranate
2 tbsp walnut oil
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clementine
Salt and pepper
Chop up the chicory so you have individual leaves. Arrange these on a large plate so everyone can dig in.
Roughly chop the walnuts and toast these in a dry frying pan. Once toasted sprinkle these over the chicory.
Bash the seeds out from the pomegranate (or whatever method you choose) and add these to the salad.
Mix together the walnut and olive oil then squeeze in the juice of the clementine. Stir through some salt and pepper before pouring the dressing over the salad.
Who knew you could have festive and slightly healthy? I think this makes a great party salad for everyone to enjoy using the chicory as a shovel. The bitter chicory works really well with the sweet pomegranate and the crunch of the warm walnuts adds a great texture. The clementine and walnut dressing is subtle not overpowering and rounds it off nicely. After this salad I think I could rearrange my percentages slightly to include 2% fruit and vegetable matter.

11 comments:

  1. I think that the bitterness of the Chicory certainly demands something sweet to go with it. I find that lots of people have a strong prejudice against Chicory, but I think it is a great ingredient for salads. Works well with a sweet blue cheese dressing too!

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  2. lovely festive looking salad :-) have a wonderful christmas

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  3. A very pleasant and delicious winter salad, Caroline.

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  4. What a unique salad. The flavours look very refreshing.

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  5. Like that idea of adding pomegranate seeds.

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  6. Regretted not buying the pomegranate at the supermarket this morning. Could have replicated this healthy walnuty crunchy dish.

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  7. These are so festive! I could totally cleanse with a plate of them.

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  8. So funny, I love your percentages! True of me as well! I always have time for a lovely crunchy salad (to go with a bit of cheese...!).

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  9. what a light and healthy salad dish and the pomegranate makes it look very pretty!

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  10. What a gorgeous salad!!! After a weekend visiting my sister, I am in need of some clean eating...and this looks like a delicious place to start!!!

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  11. That's a great looking little salad. I love chicory at this time of year, will definitely give this variation a go.

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