The realization that another year has passed is staggering. What’s even harder to believe is that around here, school picks right back up on January 2nd.
It’s like, “Ring in the New Year…Woo Hoo! Immediately get your backpacks and lunch boxes.” Clearly, I’m mentally and emotionally unprepared to send my babies back to school so soon.
Speaking of school. When my little brother and I were in elementary school, we’d get off the school bus for the long walk home each day. Growing wildly and profusely along the roads were pomegranate bushes. We occasionally plucked an awkward looking fruit to reveal those gorgeous seeds hiding within.
Of course, that was in Southern CA, where pomegranates can flourish randomly along public roads. Little did we know the value of precious pomegranates back then. To us, they were just wild fruit that looked scraggly on outside, but were delicious on the inside…and so much fun to eat.
We recently introduced our Littles to their first juicy pomegranates. (Not via random roadside bushes.) One taste, and the little guys were floored. They eagerly plucked the sweet red seeds from within the fruit. I memorized the moment, as they laughed and munched with their pomegranate-stained lips…
This pomegranate and pear salad with blue cheese is phenomenal. If you’re going to eat salad, and if January is treating you healthy… then there’s no better way to go about it.
Pomegranate salad just begs for ripe pears and savory blue cheese. Plus a generous sprinkling of crunchy candied walnuts. For this particular salad, I used this Cinnamon Sugared Nuts recipe, but used only walnuts. Irresistible.
Drizzled over this tantalizing pomegranate salad is a sweet and tangy vinaigrette that is so easy, you probably have the ingredients on hand.
- I used this cinnamon-sugared candied nuts recipe for the walnuts in this particular salad (make them ahead of time for ease of preparation.)
Source: Chew Out Loud, adapted from Food Network
Am I the only one who wants better-than-olive-garden-breadsticks next to my crisp salad?