We were asked to share a story of a family favorite side dish, or how we reduxed an old fashioned side dish to make it healthier. Quite honestly, I don’t have any “family favorites” that I make for Thanksgiving. I am always changing it up, making something different.
While in India, one night we ate dinner at one of our co-workers house. His wife created a home-cooked Indian feast for us! I was so glad I had the opportunity to try some authentic Indian food. It was so good!
This salad was one of the dishes she made. It was so good, and it seemed so simple! He said she made this in 10 minutes, and this was their “go-to” healthy dish. (She didn’t speak English, so he translated for her). He said it was just beets, carrots, and pomegranate arils.
I must admit that I never had pomegranate arils before! However, now that I have had them, I am hooked! I am adding them to cereal, yogurt, and as an ice cream topping! They are very nutritious – high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and potassium!
This is going to be my contribution to the Thanksgiving meal I am going to this Thanksgiving. I am hoping this will turn into a family favorite in years to come!
Beet and Pomegranate Salad
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6 medium sized beets, peeled
2 large carrots, peeled
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup orange juice
salt/pepper to taste
Cut the ends off the beets, and peel. Cut into chunks. Place into a food processor with the shredding blade on. After the beets are shredded, continue with the carrots.
You can shred them by hand using a box grater, I just think the food processor makes it so easy!
In a medium sized bowl, combine the beets, carrots, pomegranate arils, and chopped walnuts. Mix together the dressing – olive oil, orange juice, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Pour the dressing over the salad. Let sit and marinate at least 10 minutes.
Notes: If you would like, you can roast the beets. I tried this both ways – roasting the beets, and keeping them raw, and I loved them raw best! It gives a crunch to the salad!
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