Powerful Pomegranate & Kale Salad

I love fall produce and the wonderful flavor combinations of fall greens, gourds, and fruits. Pomegranates are plentiful in stores right now and there are several excellent reasons to enjoy some! They are one nature’s richest sources of free-radical scavenging anti-oxidants. High in Vitamin C, potassium, and phytonutrients, pomegranates are a powerful tool to fight inflammatory diseases like cancer, heart disease, and arthritis. Pick some up on your next trip to the market and start adding the powerful little seeds to your salads, on top of your cereal, or all by themselves!

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Pomegranate & Kale Salad1 large bunch kale
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tsp. salt
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
seeds from 1/2 pomegranate*
1/4 cup nuts (pine nuts, almonds, walnuts)
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

Wash, de-stem, and chop kale. Massage lemon juice and salt into the kale. Whisk oil and balsamic vinegar and toss with kale. Add pomegranate, nuts, and seeds. Give a little grind of fresh black pepper and enjoy!

*What’s the easiest method for removing the seeds from the pomegranate? My favorite is this: score the pomegranate flesh around the middle about 1/2 inch deep. Gently pry the pomegranate in half. Turn a pomegranate half face down in the palm of your hand. Hold your hand over a shallow bowl, and tap the back of the pomegranate firmly with the back of a wooden spoon. Use enough force to pop the seeds out of the fruit and into your hand. It’s that easy! Need a demo? Watch this video (Jump to 1 minute 10 seconds to get right to it!).

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