Fruity Pomegranate Salad with Savory Soy Vinaigrette

by on November 29, 2009

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I have my little red seasonal joys, those tiny flavorful things that are plentiful this time of year—-pomegranate arils! These juicy, tangy, sour, sweet pops of flavor are such perfect accompaniments to salads. It’s amazing how simple additions can change the whole dynamic of a salad. When my salads feel lost and lacking, I love adding fresh fruit for that missing piece of the puzzle. In Autumn and Winter, I feel so fortunate that our pomegranate trees dangle huge red orbs in our face, reminding us that pomegranates can be enjoyed in a bundle of frilly greens.

pomegranate recipes Gigantic garden pomegranate! “Almost” bigger than my head.

I’ve been seriously lacking in eating salads as of late and blame it all on oven cooking because it’s so much more therapeutic to dig my face into a hot casserole on a cold day. Anyone with me on this? But after reading David’s splendid post on How to Make French Vinaigrette, I’m reminded of two things: it’s time to eat salad again and I’ve been butchering the classic the French Vinaigrette with my soy sauce. My apologies to fine Frenchman like Romain to set me straight.

My addiction to soy sauce as the savory/salty element to a dressing started at birth. My parents seasoned everything with fish sauce and soy sauce for umami depth to their cooking, so naturally, I evolved into the same type of cook: forget the salt, pass the soy sauce! I blame it all on Mom and Dad.

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Juicy sweet tart pomegranate arils for pomegranate salad

Maybe I should just stop the blame and accept that fact that I do love making Romain and David’s French vinaigrette recipe with soy sauce. I obviously can’t call it a true French Vinaigrette anymore, but maybe I can still call it a Soy Vinaigrette? Or maybe Vinaigrette a la Soy Sauce? or Franco Asian Vinaigrette avec Soy Sauce? Regardless of what’s it’s called, I thank David & Romaine for teaching me how to make it right and maybe I’ll let go of the soy sauce and reach for the salt someday.

The soy sauce adds lots of exceptional flavor to the dressing for me and this pomegranate salad adds the perfect fruity balance to the dressing. Salads that are loaded with flavor, delicate texture and simple ingredients are my favorite. Just simple, crisp, fresh lettuce and my pommy seeds make a fabulously seasonal pomegranate salad. Everyone that has ever had this pomegranate salad has walked away happy, satisfied and a even bit confused that they just had a French vinaigrette with soy sauce in it. Oh well, I’ll get it right one day. Oui Oui!

Pommy happy,

-diane

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Pomegranate Salad Recipe with Soy Vinaigrette

Yield: Serves 2-3

Total Time: 5 Minutes

Adapted from David Lebovitz.
Try adding soy sauce to the dressing, it adds nice depth of flavor. But if you'd rather keep the vinaigrette more traditional, replace it with 1/8 teaspoon salt.

Ingredients:

  • about 1 head of lettuce, washed, drained, torn
  • about 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (1 small pomegranate)
  • 3/4 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 shallot, minced and peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard ( I also like to use whole grain mustard)
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • fresh thyme (optional) or other herbs

Directions:

  1. In small bowl, whisk together all ingredients.
  2. In large bowl, add lettuce. Add dressing to lettuce and gently toss. After plating the salad on individual plates, toss pomegranate arils on top.
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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Hanna November 29, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Lovely and simple, thank you!

I also blame my mom for instilling the soy sauce-grabbing habit.

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2 White on Rice Couple November 29, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Hanna- LOL! Isn’t it so true? But the blame is a good blame, I wouldn’t live and eat any other way.

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3 nicole spaz November 29, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Your pomegrantes are amazing. I remember my first pomegrante and the shirt and dishtowels I ruined. It was well with it though. I’m jealous of your garden. I keep telling myself that I will one day have some place of my own.

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4 White on Rice Couple November 29, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Nicole spaz- Thank you and continue to work hard. I wish the biggest and bountiful garden to come your way soon. xoxo

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5 Allison Arevalo November 29, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I never really understood all the hoopla around pomegranates when I lived in NY – they made a mess, they were hard to eat, and they weren’t even that sweet. Then I moved to California. The pomegranates at the farmers markets here are simply incredible! They shouldn’t even be called the same thing as the ones in NY. I can’t even image how sweet they are right off your tree.

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6 White on Rice Couple November 30, 2009 at 7:54 am

Allison- It’s great that you found new love in pomegranates. There are huge pomegranate farms in Southern California that grow some of the best pomegranates in the world. So our farmers markets are brimming with the best!
And right off the tree? absolutely wonderful!

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7 yossy November 29, 2009 at 7:42 pm

wow! that pomegranate is ridiculous! congrats on your gardening prowess.

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8 Kelsey/TheNaptimeChef November 29, 2009 at 8:30 pm

those pomegranates haunt me – why o’ why can’t we have those here in NYC!

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9 Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary November 30, 2009 at 4:17 am

Oh the pomegranate and I have had a love affair ever since my Dad introduced them to me when I was just a little one. Every year I wait till they show up at the grocery store and squeal when I see them! I only wish I could grow them here. To have one bigger than my head – I can only wish, lol.

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10 White on Rice Couple November 30, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Lisa- You squeal when you see them? cool! we’ll have to remember that for next year….

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11 David November 30, 2009 at 4:50 am

Glad you like the recipe. There’s a restaurant in Lyon that is famous for it’s “secret” salad dressing. I went and the salad was great, and the friend who I was with (who is a chef), when I asked him if he could guess what the secret was, he said, “Soy sauce.”

So I guess, technically, your dressing is French. Although if you at some point decide to add fish sauce, all bets are off..

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12 White on Rice Couple November 30, 2009 at 7:35 am

David- Yay! I’m not such a crazie after all. Now, thinking about the fish sauce. Hmmm….

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13 Lori @ RecipeGirl November 30, 2009 at 7:04 am

I’ve never been much into pomegranates until recently. I actually got the arils out of the monster fruit all by myself and put together a healthy holiday side dish for Thanksgiving… with roasted romanesco broccoli and cauliflower. It was very pretty. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos, my dear!

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14 Maria November 30, 2009 at 8:00 am

I love adding pomegranate to my salads, tasty and colorful! Love this one!

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15 Bianca November 30, 2009 at 9:55 am

Wow…that’s a huge pomegranate! Thank you for the easy & festive recipe!

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16 Lori Lynn November 30, 2009 at 5:34 pm

So perfect after Thanksgiving! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!
LL

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17 Kristina November 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm

So, so pretty! Since you have a tree, have you ever tried juicing the seeds? Seems like it might be more trouble than it’s worth, no?
I find myself adding Pomegranate seeds into everything lately. My latest favorite is in a pita with hummus and roasted chicken! Oh yeah, and in that butternut squash soup (thanks for the link). ;-)

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18 White on Rice Couple November 30, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Kristina- Yes, we have juiced the seeds many times and it’s alot of work, not to mention, messy! But it’s worth it if you have plenty of extra pom’s like we do. The flavor of fresh pomegranate juice is exceptional!

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19 sarah December 1, 2009 at 6:28 am

Random but I just wanted to let you guys know we’ve been making the roasted brussels sprouts with balsamic a lot lately…sooo delicious. It was one of the sides we brought to a Thanksgiving potluck and people commented they were like candy. Plus, two people had NEVER eaten brussels sprouts before and love them!

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20 White on Rice Couple December 1, 2009 at 10:02 am

Sarah- That’s fabulous that everyone loved them. Thanks for making them and being such a positive brussels sprouts advocate!

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21 Mélanie December 2, 2009 at 2:05 am

Why not?? I’m French and I’m ready to adopt the soy sauce in my vinaigrette!!! (well.. I was already putting honey sometimes, which would also get me in trouble with purists!) ;-)

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22 White on Rice Couple December 8, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Melanie- Yes! support from a Frenchwoman, thanks! Go for the soy!

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23 Barbara December 2, 2009 at 5:47 am

I love these little pop-flavor-in-your-mouth arils! The color in a salad is lovely and so very seasonal. I did something similar a couple years ago- everybody loved it. Will have to try your recipe now.

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24 Fuji Mama December 2, 2009 at 9:01 am

I’m a huge fan of anything with pomegranate seeds in it! Perfect timing for this salad too–it will look gorgeous on a table during the holiday season.

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25 Jennifer December 3, 2009 at 6:47 am

I am amazed by the beauty and size of these pom gems. Gorgeous photos! Not only am I adding this recipe to my menu for the pasta & wine dinner I’m hosting for my ladies next week, I’m also making a note to get my paws on a Cali pom the next time I visit my fam in NorCal. Thanks!

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26 Debi(Table Talk) December 3, 2009 at 10:16 am

Having an addiction to umami is something I, too, suffer from at least 2 or 3 times a week. Can’t blame it on my parents, though, my addiction is self taught I guess! Love the pairing of that gorgeous pomegranate with your soy vinaigrette.

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27 White on Rice Couple December 8, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Debi- thank you, Umami is wonderful!

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28 Hélène December 3, 2009 at 10:41 am

You also have pomegranate trees, that’s another fantastic fruit to add to salads. I am trying to eat more salads during winter but soups & stews often top the list. My addiction is maple syrup. I add it to my salad dressings even if it does not call for it. So I will be making this French Vinaigrette with 1/2 tsp of real maple syrup. :)

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29 White on Rice Couple December 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Helene- I love the maple syrup idea, how fantastic!

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30 kamran December 7, 2009 at 6:48 pm

I was going to refrain from saying this ’cause it’s a bit inappropriate, but that is some sexy salad! I love, love, love pomegranates.

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31 shayma December 10, 2009 at 5:18 pm

hmmm, soy sauce as a component of vinaigrette- what a lovely idea. a dimension of umami in the salad. love that. this is a gorgeous, simple salad. twitter is absolutely wonderful, so many other foodies to discover- that is how i stumbled upon your blog.

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32 Brooke @ Food Woolf December 11, 2009 at 1:35 pm

My god that was one big pomegranate. I think that the flavor combination you came up with is just brilliant. The umami flavor of the soy, vinaigrette, and bright acid kiss of the Pomegranate is spectacular.

Guess who’s craving pomegranate now?

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33 tiffany @ the garden apartment December 12, 2009 at 7:18 am

Your pomegranate photos are incredible- so beautiful.
This time of year, I also love to use pomegranates in salads. My favorite is an apple and fennel salad with pomegranate seeds.

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