Monday, December 21, 2009

Arugala, Fennel, Apple, Mandarin Orange, & Pomegranate Salad

Lately I've been feeling more and more like it's Winter time. The time when I start gaining a bit of weight because it has become harder and harder to get to the gym as it's so cold outside. Most of the time I just want to curl up in a blanket at home. Well, on the nights I decide to skip the gym I try to eat healthier. Now, don't get me wrong, I tend to eat pretty healthy, but I make salads on the nights I don't workout. This salad was GREAT! It was easy and a burst of flavors - bitterness (from the Arugala), sweetness (from the apple), and tangy (from the Mandarin Oranges). Enjoy it and feel good about eating it - it's healthy!

Arugala, Fennel, Apple, Mandarin Orange, & Pomegranate Salad

from Epicurious

(I reduced the recipe to be just enough for 2)
1/4 cup EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1/2 Shallot
1/4 tsp. grated lemon peel

1/2 cup fennel (thinly sliced)
1/2 fuji apple (sliced like match-sticks)
3 cups of Arugala
3 mandarin oranges (I used Satsumas)
1 seeded Pomegranate (the trick here is de-seed it in a bowl of hot water - you stay clean and the seeds sink to the bottom!)

1. Mix the first ingredients to make the dressing.

2. Put thinly sliced fennel and apple in a bowl and drizzle about 3 tbsp. of the dressing over the top.

3. Put the arugala in a bowl, add the fennel/apple and toss with the rest of the dressing.

4. Plate and then put mandarins and pomegranates on top of each one.


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