This Avocado and Clementine salad with pomegranate is so refreshing, healthy and just what your body needs after indulgence of holiday season!
Hello and welcome to the first post in 2018!!!
I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas break and stuffed your faces with lots and lots of delicious, festive food! And now, all of our hangovers are cured, it's time to nourish our bodies with some vibrant food, that is not in the colour of chocolate...
And if you are anything like me, you have spent pretty much every day during your Christmas holiday eating something with chocolate. Am I right? Also, just to be clear- there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that. Because chocolate is just the best.
However... you may have noticed that the pair of your favourite skinny jeans have miraculously shrunk recently. Perhaps you have been living in your leggings over the last few weeks, and you are yet to notice and experience the whole pull & stretch manoeuvre when dressing up. Or maybe you are one of these people, who no matter what you eat, you stay skinny AF (in which case, stop reading now, you lucky devil)? Whichever it is, January is always a month when we all feel a bit more fragile and we make promises to ourselves to 'start fresh' or 'eat better' or 'eat healthy'. And I'm no exception to that...
So what a better way to star a New Year, than with a fresh, vibrant and super- clean clementine salad! Citrus fruit is one of my favourite things in the whole world (after chocolate), and winter is when most of them are in season. And I'm pretty sure most of you will still have some clementines left from Christmas, which you perhaps got bored of already at this point. So this clementine salad is a great way to use them up, and I promise you, it tastes delicious!
You can of course swap clementines for satsumas or tangerines, but out of all three, clementines are my favourite. Satsumas may be super easy to peel and the sweetest out of three, but they bruise quite easily. Tangerines on the other hand, contain pips and have the sharpest flavour of the three. Clementines are the smallest out of this bunch, but they do not have any pips, and are like a cross between an orange and tangerine. And that's what I like about them, that sweet, juicy flavour with a bit of sharpness.
So if you are struggling to find the use for all of the above, this salad is your solution! Plus, it's really quick and dead easy to make. Drizzle it with some of the tangy, refreshing citrus dressing for a great finish, and enjoy it as a side or a whole meal. Job done!
If you are looking for any more healthy and delicious salads, to help you get through January, here are some of my favourites:
- Broccoli Salad with Cashew Dressing
- Beetroot & Spinach Salad
- Peach & Fresh Dill Salad
- Roasted Pumpkin and Walnut Salad
- Roasted Vegetables Salad with Millet
Hope you will try at least some of them, because they are really worth it!
For now, I want to wish you all the best in 2018, and THANK you from the bottom of my heart for reading and following along my culinary adventures in that last year! I hope you will stick around for this year too! XXX
Avocado and Clementine Salad with Pomegranate
- 2 ripe avocados (peeled and sliced)
- 4 medium clementines (peeled and sliced horizontally)
- 120 g pomegranate seeds
- 80 g pine nuts
- 130 g rocket
For the dressing
- 1 tbsp caraway seeds
- 4 medium clementines (zest and juice only)
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley
- 100 ml extra virgin olive oil
- In a large bowl, mix all the salad ingredients together.
To make dressing:
- Place the caraway seeds in a small, dry frying pan over a medium heat and toast them for couple of minutes until they are fragrant. Using pestle and mortar, gently crush the seeds and return back to the pan with clementine juice and zest, simmer for couple more minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.
- Add parsley and gently whisk in the olive oil. Season if needed. Pour over salad and enjoy.