If you’ve been feeling a big sluggish and weighed down by heavy seasonal treats and comfort food, then this delicious winter salad might just hit the spot for you. It’s easy to make and full of fresh, seasonal ingredients that will delight your tastebuds and give your body just what it needs on a dull, January day.
Salad in the middle of winter might not be your thing but it’s worth giving this one a go. Oranges and pomegranates are both in season right now – full of vitamin C and other supportive phytonutrients, they can contribute towards supporting your immune system, something that’s definitely needed mid winter at the best of times, even more so during the current pandemic.
If you’re worried that fruit has too much sugar in it, don’t forget it’s bound up in lots of lovely fibre. This means it’s released more slowly into your blood stream, rather than giving you a sudden shot like refined sugar. And the fibre will help support your microbiome but giving it something it just loves to dine on – insoluble fibre.
This makes a wonderful light lunch. Serve it alongside a warming winter soup and you’ll feel even more nurtured on the inside and energised for the rest of the day. Enjoy!
Orange and pomegranate salad
- 3 handfuls winter mixed salad leaves
- 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
- 2 medium oranges
- 1 tbsp walnuts cut in half
- 1/4 pomegranate seeds only
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 lemon juice only
- Cut the peel off the oranges and remove any excess pith. Cut into slices, then cut the slices in half
- Scatter the salad leaves over the base of a bowl.
- Sprinkle half the sliced onions, walnuts, orange slices and pomegranate seeds over the top. Repeat with the remaining amount.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste and finish by pouring over the lemon juice.
- Serve straight away.