Whoever said that salad has to be boring? Nestled in amongst the other Christmas treats, salads are a pretty overlooked part of the Christmas meal- but that doesn’t mean they can’t be delicious and interesting on their own! While there’s no doubt that I’ll be looking forward to the cakes and sweet treats at our Christmas dinner, filling up on a nutritious salad is a great way to ensure you still pack some nutrition into your Christmas diet and don’t overdo it on the sweet stuff.
I don’t know what it is about pomegranate seeds, but for some reason they always make me think of Christmas. The juicy little droplets of flavour add an extra dimension to so many dishes- whether sweet or savoury. I love adding them to salads for a little extra sweetness and bite. Plus, their bright red colour makes them a great natural Christmas decoration- so why not throw them into your Christmas salad?
This salad is super bright and colourful, but with some quinoa added to bulk it out, it’s definitely a great plate filler. It’s filling and fun, and tastes great on it’s own or with a little of our raspberry and pomegranate salad dressing, which is also easy to make.
I have to admit that while coming up with this recipe, I ended up covering the kitchen in all sorts of julienned vegetables, and ended up with quinoa everywhere. This is a big salad, designed to feed the whole family, so make sure you mix it in a large bowl to avoid a big clean up afterwards. If you only have a few mouths to feed don’t fret- you can easily halve this recipe- but I would definitely recommend making the full size so you have some left over for back to work lunch! It’s just as delicious the next day!
Vegan | Vegetarian | Gluten free | Dairy free | Refined Sugar Free | Primal | Paleo*
*Omit the Quinoa if you are opting for a strictly Paleo diet. While quinoa is a seed, rather than a grain, it is restricted in the Paleo diet due to its saponin content and development, which is similar to that of grains.