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Two Peas and Their Pod: Spinach Salad with Oranges, Pomegranate, and Almonds

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Spinach Salad with Oranges, Pomegranate, and Almonds

Tomorrow is the big day! Is everyone ready? I sure hope so. We are still without plans, but don't worry about us, we are excited to have a relaxing day. I am sure we will cook up something tasty, it just won't be the traditional feast.

If you need a last minute salad idea, I have a great one to share. I made this Spinach Salad with Oranges, Pomegranate, and Almonds for our
Thanksgiving meal and it went over really well. I bought a big tub of fresh spinach from Costco. I added orange slices, pomegranate arils, and almonds. For the dressing, I whisked together olive oil, POM juice, red wine vinegar, fresh orange juice, a little agave, salt, and pepper.

The salad was gorgeous! I love the color the pomegranate and orange slices add. The almonds provided a nice little crunch too. The dressing was light and added just enough sweetness to the mix. Wow your family and friends with this salad tomorrow!

If you are still looking for Thanksgiving recipes, here are a few of my favorites:
My dad's famous
Potato Rolls
Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing
Fresh Cranberry Sauce with Orange Zest
Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Yams, and Brussel Sprouts with Rosemary
Pumpkin Blondies
Apple Cinnamon Galette
Pumpkin Cake Roll

**And some good news-our blog was featured in the Salt Lake City Tribune today. Check out the article here! Thanks for mentioning us!**

Have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Spinach Salad with Oranges, Pomegranate, and Almonds

(Printable Recipe)

Fresh spinach (I use the fresh spinach from Costco)
2 oranges, peeled and sliced
1 pomegranate, peeled and seeded

1/2 cup POM juice
1 T red wine vinegar
Juice of one orange
2 T agave nectar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper-to taste

1. Add fresh spinach to a large salad bowl. Add the oranges, pomegranate arils, and almonds.
2. To make the dressing-in a small bowl add the POM juice, vinegar, orange juice, and agave nectar. Whisk in the olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Toss the salad with the dressing and serve.

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Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Beautiful mix of colors, flavors, and textures! Lovely salad.

We have TONS of people coming over, and you're more than welcome to join us if you're still without plans! :)

5:10 AM  
Blogger Robin Sue said...

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Maria!

5:39 AM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I bet you and your hubby will cook up something unexpected and yummy!

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

I love spinach salads with citrus. What a nice, light change from the heavy food of the holidays.

Have a great Turkey Day, Maria!! :) :) :)

5:45 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

The colors in this salad are gorgeous! Have a wonderful day!

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

Nice salad for a refreshing change of pace. Love the beautiful contrast in colors. Happy Thanksgiving!

6:48 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I made a very similar salad and dressing not too long ago. I love the combination of orange and pomegranate. I'm sure this was delicious! And it's such a light, refreshing start to the Thanksgiving meal.

Hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!!

6:59 AM  
Blogger Smitten Sugar said...

What a pretty salad! Love the addition of Pomegranate!

7:16 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

What a gorgeous salad!!

7:55 AM  
Blogger Becky at VintageMixer said...

I love Pomegranate this time of year. I made stuffing with Pomegranate for Thanksgiving last year. This salad sounds great.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Kelly @ EvilShenanigans said...

Ok, this is going on my 'after thanksgiving recover food' list! How fresh and pretty!

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks beautiful and delicious! Love the idea of using the pomegranate, it is so pretty!

8:42 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey congrats on being on the newspaper, I can only dream! I love the salad I use spinach and mandarins but I love your additions!

9:01 AM  
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9:12 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Just my kind of salad. However, my husband is strongly against any fruit in his salad. That just means I have to make mine separate (he eats a lot of salad!), but this looks fab and I've been eating pomegranates like crazy (just made a choc/POM bundt cake!). I will for sure make the dressing and put some POMs and oranges on my salad.
Happy Day Off no matter what you do! ;)

11:14 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

Have a wonderful holiday, Maria. Congratulations of being featured in the paper. Your salad is just beautiful. Blessings...Mary

11:25 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Love the idea for the dressing. Pomegranate seeds make such a great salad topping.

11:39 AM  
Blogger megan said...

I am just in love with your pictures! They are seriously beautiful :)

11:54 AM  
Blogger The Active Foodie said...

We're on the same wave length again! This is exactly the kind of salad I was thinking of putting together for Thanksgiving to lighten up our meal a little! Looks beautiful and delicious!! I will definitely try!

11:56 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A mervelous salad! Happy Thanksgiving!



12:43 PM  
Blogger Frieda Loves Bread said...

Congrats on the award and the newspaper article ~ have a superb Thanksgiving!

1:33 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

A beautiful, salad to balance out all the heavy flavors of tomorrow's dinner. Love the oranges and almonds.

Happy Thanksgiving.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Becky @ Project Domestication said...

Wow! This looks delicious! I love how colorful it is! And that vinaigrette sounds divine. I've really been into making my own dressings so i know i'll give that a try!

2:35 PM  
Blogger Becky @ Project Domestication said...

Wow! This looks delicious! I love how colorful it is! And that vinaigrette sounds divine. I've really been into making my own dressings so i know i'll give that a try!

2:35 PM  
Anonymous tasteofbeirut said...

What a colorful and tasty salad! We love pomegranates here and will definitely remember the recipe next time!

2:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

so simple and yet I bet it is scrummy - love the colours too!

4:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

beautiful! happy thanksgiving :)

6:58 PM  
Blogger Shelby said...

Your salad is beautiful! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

7:22 PM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

I know you've already celebrated it but Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your relaxing carefree day!

9:01 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

If you lived closer we would be more than happy to have you a s guests, the more the merrier! The salad looks gorgeous!

10:40 PM  
Blogger NKP said...

Lovely salad, so colourful!
Have a wonderful holiday.

4:46 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

gor.geous! happy thanksgiving!

10:15 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Just stunning with those beautiful colors! Happy Thanksgiving!

1:17 PM  
Blogger The Purple Carrot said...

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Maria!! :)

6:17 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

What a gorgeous salad! Happy Thanksgiving!

8:13 PM  
Blogger pigpigscorner said...

Beautiful! Great flavours!

7:36 AM  
Blogger Esi said...

This salad is gorgeous! Full of things that I love.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Love this salad... The flavors sound wonderful and refreshing! I'm thinking this would be great this week. I need some fresh dishes after all of the holiday food!

6:15 PM  
Blogger sanjeet said...

Beautiful mix of colors, flavors, and textures! Lovely
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10:14 AM  

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