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 tablespoon caraway seeds
- 4 medium clementines (zest and juice only)
- 1 tablespoon 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.
Please note that all my recipes are developed and tested in metric grams. I recommend that you use digital scales for a more accurate results. I have provided a conversion to US customary in the recipe but please note that I haven’t tested using this method.
The combination of the creamy avocado and juicy clementine must be amazing! Such a refreshing looking salad!
Thanks so much Jess!
That combo is pretty amazing, the flavours compliment each other so nicely! Hope you will get to try it! x
Yumm Anna! This looks like a salad I make alot, but toasted caraway?...interesting! That's an ingredient I happen to love but never thought of for this salad. Must try! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Oh Traci, you must try it!
I love adding caraway to my salads, and I really hope you will like it too! Thanks so much for stopping by!
I love salad and yours look so fresh and delicious! What a great idea to combine avocado and clementines, need to try! 🙂
Thanks so much Ela! And please do, this mix of fruit and veg in salad is quite new to me too, but it tastes great, and I'm definitely going to be using it more! X
Salads all the time! Love this one!
Hah, thanks Marly!
I wish I could say the same, but in my case it's like 'cake all the time'! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Beautiful and delectable salad. It looks perfect for my palate. I am craving for some raw food toady and this is going to be the one to satisfy my hunger.
That's great to hear Gunjan!
Thanks so much and I would love to see what you make! Hope it will satisfy all the cravings!
This is lovely! Such a nice complement to the traditionally heavier foods this time of year!
Thank you Holly!
And it totally is, my body was desperate for some fresh fruit and veg after holidays food extravaganza! 🙂
Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day
These photos are amazing! I love salads like this.
Thanks so much Amy!
Really pleased to hear all of that! Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, my friend! This salad looks so pretty and refreshing, exactly what I need after the holidays 😀
Also, your photography is gorgeous, as usual! Pinned.
Happy New Year Evi!
Glad to hear, perhaps we can arrange a salad swap? I will take your Russian salad and swap ya for this one?
Thanks so much for stopping by lovely! Big hug!
Savita @ ChefDeHome
I love the color of this salad. So refreshing! And one f my favorite way to start new year. Five star!
Thanks so much Savita!
I'm over the moon to hear you like it so much! Happy New Year!
I'm definitely craving some healthy salads to start off the year with. This salad is so pretty too and sounds delicious.
I feel exactly same Stephanie!
After Christmas indulgence I always crave lighter and more vibrant meals, and this salad is just that. Thank you so much, I'm very happy to hear you like it!
This is exactly what I'm craving! Beautiful, my friend!
Thanks so much, that's great to hear! Happy NY to you and family! X
I've just shared this recipe with my mum as it's her perfect salad! I love the colours and all of the flavours, such a winner!
Aww that is so great to hear Cliona!
I truly hope she will enjoy it! Thanks so much and Happy NY to you and family!
Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
I love simple seasonal salads like this and your photos are so pretty! Great for my 2018 reset!
Thanks so much Karen, that's very kind of you to say! And simple recipes make the whole NY reset so much easier, right?
Thank you for the resources of salads. As a vegan I'm not really a salad person which I told myself in 2018 I'm going to become more of a salad eater this looks delicious. Definitely going to start the new year off right with this. thank you ????
Gina, I completely understand! I have to confess, I'm not really a salad person either, but after all the cookies I ate in December, I really need some salads in me! And just like you, this is one of my promises to myself this year, more salads! Wishing you the best of luck, and THANK YOU!
Patty @ Spoonabilities
This salad looks so fresh and light! I love the clementines, which I've been finding to be so sweet and juicy this season!
I'm glad to hear that! And I totally agree, they are super sweet and juicy this season! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment.