Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mixed Greens with Pea Shoots and Pomegranate

I am grateful for many things. This year has brought so many wonderful memories and special times. Now that the air is crisp, Christmas lights are twinkling, and carols are being sung, I take the time to reflect on the wonderful people, places, events, and other gifts that my life has been blessed with. While at times I can get discouraged and stressed, it's so important to take a moment and be grateful for the little things that bring joy to my life on a daily basis.
This little salad was one of those things that made me smile today. Yesterday, my wonderful husband went to the farmers market while I was at work and surprised me with these lovely local mesculin greens and pea shoots. Boy does he know how to make a girl smile. These babies aren't exactly cheap, but they sure are beautiful. Their crispness, color, and freshness was so welcomed on this cold and blustery winter day. I decided to simply dress them with a meyer lemon vinaigrette and top with antioxidant-rich pomegranate seeds.
I didn't add too many other ingredients to the salad only because I really wanted to savor the purity of the salad greens and pea shoots. I also thought it was  quite festive, given the green and red colors that are so present right now. Merry Christmas to you all and may you remember to be grateful for the small things that make you happy to be alive.

Mixed Greens with Pea Shoots and Pomegranate

3 cups mixed greens, such as mesculin mix
1 large handful pea shoots or another sprout
1 pomegranate, deseeded
zest and juice of one meyer lemon
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
sea salt, to taste

In a large salad bowl, combine greens and pea shoots. In a small jar, add lemon juice and zest, olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Shake the jar well and then pour the dressing on the greens. Toss gently and top with pomegranate seeds.

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