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Winter Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

February 2006
Winter Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

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Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 25 mins

Cook: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 3 medium shallots, 2 thinly sliced and 1 finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup bottled pomegranate juice, such as Pom Wonderful
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, for dredging
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 12 ounces spicy salad greens, such as arugula, washed and dried
  • Seeds from 1 pomegranate
Directions
  1. Separate the sliced shallots into individual rings and set aside. In a small saucepan, combine 1 teaspoon of the olive oil with the chopped shallot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes, until limp. Add the juice, increase the heat to medium-high and boil until reduced to 1/4 cup, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir as the liquid becomes syrupy to prevent burning. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Add about 1 inch of vegetable oil to a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. In a shallow bowl, toss the shallot rings with the flour, then shake in a mesh strainer to get rid of any excess flour. When the oil is hot (it will ripple), add the shallot rings, stirring so they don't stick together. Fry until crisp and brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels and season with salt.
  3. When the pomegranate sauce is cool, pour it into a medium bowl. Whisk in the vinegar and a few dashes of salt and pepper, then slowly whisk in the remaining olive oil. Snag a salad leaf and dip it into the dressing to taste. Adjust the salt and pepper.
  4. Place the greens in a large bowl and dress lightly (you might not need all of the dressing). Divide the greens among 6 plates and top with the fried shallots and pomegranate seeds.
Tip Easy does it
  • To remove pomegranate seeds without making a mess, score the fruit with a sharp knife from top to bottom in four places, then split it open over a bowl of water. Gently pull out the seeds under water and they'll fall to the bottom as the flesh floats to the top.