Saturday, 10 May 2014

My Summer Salad - Pomegranate & Feta

All I want in summer is fresh fruit and fresh food, I have no cravings for a warm Sunday Roast or even a comforting pasta. If you're slowly succumbing to the summer heat like myself and need something cold and crisp to refresh your body, here is the perfect way.

I love the little bursts of sweetness from the pomegranate, silky smooth feta, the richness of avocado and the crispness of the banana chips in this salad, for me it sums up summer dining perfectly. A perfect treat for balmy nights! Here is the recipe -

  • 1 packet fresh rucola 
  • 1/2 of a large pomegranate
  • 1/2 large avocado
  • 1/2 c feta cheese
  • 1/3 c sweetened banana chips
  • 8 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  1. Prepare and portion out your pomegranate. To get the fruit out of the pomegranate, cut the fruit in half (width way, don't cut from the top core to the bottom) then using the back of a dessert spoon, hit the outside skin of the pomegranate over a bowl and the fruit will fall out.
  2. Make your dressing by mixing the balsamic vinegar with the brown sugar. Allow it to rest for at least 30 mins before making the salad. 
  3. Make a bed of 3/4 of your rinsed rucola on a large serving dish and over the top, crumble half of your cheese, pomegranate and banana chips. 
  4. Sprinkle over the remaining rucola, followed by the rest of your banana chips, feta and pomegranate. 
  5. Slice your avocado into chunks and place on top of salad. Drizzle over the dressing and serve immediately. 

Notes: Feel free to use balsamic reduction in place of the salad dressing above, it may be a little thicker but the taste will be great. Also if you cant get pomegranate where you are, you can replace it with any sweet/tart fruit, strawberries would work really well with the balsamic vinegar.