Summer Salad with mint pomegranate dressing
Keeping cool in the summertime is easier said than done. But with lots of options using ingredients that are at their peak and bursting with flavors, you’re guaranteed to have more than just lemonade and berry pies coming out of your kitchen. In Turkey pomegranate is popular, more so as a glaze- you could just about throw it over anything from lamb to green beans.
I have in my possession a pomegranate molasses glaze and as it was a present, I’ve been looking for ways to use it before I have to leave. Inspiration came at the market in the form of a simple, light & healthy summer salad.
The combination of crisp cucumbers, sweet tomatoes, and red onion with this special mint pomegranate dressing makes my mouth so happy. The mint is such a nice fresh touch & I find I use more and more each time I prepare this salad.
Depending on how fast you will be eating this, you shouldn’t make too much because adding the dressing will make the salad less crunchy over a day or two. You could just make a big bowl like the one above and keep the rest of the dressing separate and add it as you serve it. We like to make this and eat it the next day as I feel the flavors really set within the salad.
I chop the mint into a Chiffonade, which is a fancy French term for long thin strips. Take the mint leaves off the stems, pile them up all together, roll it up, and slice it thin. You should get little ribbons like you see above in the bowl. Makes it look fancy.
- 3 cucumbers, which ever kind you fancy
- 1 big red onion
- 2/3 vine ripe tomatoes
- big sprig of mint, chopped into a chiffonade
- apple cider vinegar
- olive oil
- pomegranate glaze
- honey (optional)
- salt and pepper
- Dice your tomato, cucumber & onion
- To a bowl add a few splashes of vinegar, a tablespoon or two of the pomegranate glaze, 1 teaspoon of honey, 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil, and some salt and pepper. I am suggesting these measurements but you should taste as you go along and see how you like it, and add more as you go along. Remember its easy to add but not remove. You might like the salad sweeter so you can add more pomegranate glaze or less.
Any way you have it, it’s going to be fabulous.
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