Pomegranate and Beet Salad with Grapes and Blue Cheese

salad with beet, arugula and pomegranate

Bring all the festive colors to your table this Christmas with this salad that will be a welcoming and satisfying addition to your holiday menu.

While Christmas is about enjoying family, friends and celebrating everything wonderous about this special time of year… let's face it, it's also about eating! Balance your holiday menu with this fresh and light salad that will go perfectly with any meal.

If you are unable to source fresh pomegranate, you can try looking for frozen pomegranate arils in your local supermarket's freezer section.

The Health Benefits of Beets

Serves: 4 – 6 (as a side)

Ingredients you will need:

For the salad

5          cup                  Arugula leaves, washed

1          Lg                    Beets, cooked and cooled/chilled (or 2 medium)

1          Lg                    Pomegranate

4          oz                    Green grapes, seedless

1/3       cup                  Blue cheese, crumbled or Feta cheese, crumbled*

1/4       cup                  Hazelnuts, roasted (shelled) roughly chopped

 

For the dressing:

1          tsp                   Coconut sugar

4          tbsp                 White wine vinegar

3          tbsp                 Avocado oil

4          tbsp                 Mint, freshly chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Add the arugula leaves to a salad bowl.
  2. Remove the seeds from the pomegranate and place in salad bowl.
  3. Add in the grapes and toss with the pomegranate seeds and arugula.
  4. Cut the cooked (and cooled/chilled) beets in half then into thin slices (or cubes). Add to salad and gently toss in ensuring not to toss too much as you don't want the whole salad turning purple.
  5. Sprinkle the crumbled blue cheese and chopped roasted hazelnuts over the top of the salad and drizzle with dressing. * The blue cheese can be substituted for crumbled feta as an alternative.
  6. Serve immediately.

Dressing:

Add all ingredients to a glass jar, screw the lid on firmly and shake vigorously for 2 minutes. Drizzle preferred amount over salad to serve.

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Randy is the co-founder of NaturallySavvy.com and The Healthy Shopper. She has been working in the natural health industry for over 20 years. She is very passionate about healthy living by choosing natural and organic as much as possible, has a personal love of cooking and sharing healthy recipes and is a fitness enthusiast.