Monday, January 7, 2013

Pear, Pomegranate and Pistachio Salad with Quinoa

I swear all the "P" alliteration wasn't intentional, but the awesome flavor was! I feel like I've been seeing pomegranate recipes everywhere, and I really started craving them. This salad was made in a flash since I already had some prepared quinoa on hand. Give it a try!

Pear, Pomegranate and Pistachio Salad with Quinoa

1/2 cup dry quinoa
2 ounces kale
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon walnut or olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
4 ounces spinach
1/3 cup pomegranate arils
1 ripe pear, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/3 cup pistachios

Prepare quinoa according to package instructions. Meanwhile, rinse kale and tear into bite-sized pieces. Whisk together garlic, mustard, vinegar, lemon, oil and salt and pepper. Add to kale and toss to combine, let sit 10  minutes.

In a large bowl, add spinach, pomegranate, pear and pistachios. Add cooled quinoa, then kale once 10 minutes is up. Toss to distribute the dressing, and enjoy!

Note, this would be equally lovely with a balsamic or any other vinaigrette, if you already have one on hand.

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