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Cabbage Salad with Fresh Pomegranate Seeds

Posted Oct 16 2010 6:06pm

Unless you add some color to a cabbage salad, it looks pitifully anemic. It definitely needs a color makeover! I love the crunch of raw cabbage and often shred some carrots with it. However, today I was so excited to purchase the first fresh pomegranates of the season from our local grocery store, so I am adding some seeds of this unique fruit, to add color and more crunch! This salad is extremely healthy with good fiber and rich in antioxidants!

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Shred one half of a medium size cabbage and one large carrot

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Whisk together 1/2 c. light olive oil,  1/4 c. red wine vinegar, 1/2 t. celery seed, 3 T. honey, 1/2 t. onion salt, and 1/2 t. salt and freshly ground pepper. Set aside.

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A ripe, ready-to-eat pomegranate is a luscious jewel of a fruit, that can  transform any salad into an extraordinary experience! Many people are intimidated by this fruit and you can see why when you slice one open. An average pomegranate has  hundreds of seeds!

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Packed inside each pomegranate are hundreds of ruby-red arils – sweet, tart, juice sacs, bursting with pure flavor.  You can enjoy these little gems as is, toss them into savory or sweet dishes, or use them as a colorful garnish. There are a couple ways to extract these seeds without losing your mind and staining every piece of clothing in a 10 ft. radius. One way is to place each half face down in a plastic bag and whap them hard with the back of a wooden spoon or rolling pin until the seeds fall out. Pick out the skin and membranes and discard.

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Another way is to submerge the pomegranate sections (cut off crown and cut into quarters) in a bowl of water. With your fingers, roll out the arils (juice sacs) and discard skin and membranes. Drain and eat. Pomegranate’s seeds are full of antioxidants! A heavy pomegranate indicates that it is full of juice, so pick the heaviest ones. Make sure the fruit has a smooth, leathery finish with no tears.

Toss seeds with cabbage mixture and 3 T. toasted sesame seeds. Just prior to serving, add dressing and mix well.

Salad Dressing for Cabbage Pomegranate Salad

1/2 c. light olive oil
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1/2 t. celery seed
3 T. honey
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. onion salt
freshly ground pepper

Whisk and toss with fresh shredded cabbage & carrot,  sesame seeds and pomegranate seeds.

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