Every holiday I prepare different versions of more or less the same “Christmas salad”. Some type of lettuce – preferably one with a little character and bite, like an escarole –, some variety of citrus fruit, maybe orange, or grapefruit; some tasty extras like avocado, artichokes, tomatoes or slivered almonds; and some sort of intense Spanish cheese, maybe a crumbled blue from Asturias or an aged Manchego from Castile-La Mancha; all topped with a never-the-same-twice citrus-mustard vinaigrette.
And while every year the salad comes out a little bit different than the year before, there is one ingredient that is non-negotiable: pomegranate.
These juicy little seeds add such a perfect ‘pop!’ to this Christmas salad that, quite frankly, I just can’t do without them. Regardless of the other ingredients, they add flavor, color, texture and just a little bit of exoticism… all of the requirements for a perfect holiday dish.