Beet, Carrot and Pomegranate Salad

by heidi on December 17, 2013

Winter brings with it a lot of amazing things. Snowflakes and holiday parties with sparkly shoes are some of the best. Puffy coats that make me feel like Randy in A Christmas Story thanks to ridiculously cold sub-zero temps, not so much. Those freezing temps? They can go find somewhere else to invade while I go shopping for something basic to go with my gold flecked shoes. Or maybe I’ll just wear this Beet, Carrot and Pomegranate Salad. I mean, it’s prettier and more jeweled up than anything I have in my closet.

Beet Carrot and Pomegranate Salad FoodieCrush.com

While I’m snacking a nibble or 83 of cookies, fudge and a waffle here and there, I’m still craving salads in this frigid cold to bring me out of my sugar coma. I crave lettuce-ed leafed salads all summer long but when winter nips the freshness off the local lettuce buds, veggies with girth are what I look for now.

At a recent foray to our winter farmer’s market, I saw these beet beauties carats of carrots and scooped them straight up. Candy striped beets, carrots of red, yellow and purple’d pinks. These things needed a stage, and I knew exactly what to do with them.

Beet, Carrot and Pomegranate Salad FoodieCrush.com

Beet, Carrot and Pomegranate Salad FoodieCrush.com

Beet, Carrot and Pomegranate Salad FoodieCrush.com

Lynn Marie’s blog, Bijouxs Little Kitchen Jewels, is a serious feast for the eyes. Simple but striking recipes and stunning photos to match. She’s definitely a favorite and you need to add her to your daily recipe cruise if you’re not following her already.

Her recipe for Beet, Carrot and Cranberry Salad is one I’ve had bookmarked for a while. So when I came home from the market to look for a recipe to take advantage of these beauties, well, it was right there ready to be made.

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About the recipe:

I made just a few adjustments to the recipe, but it’s pretty much perfect as is. I subbed out the cranberries for my favorite winter salad addition of pomegranates, and added some crunch with pistachios.

A whipped goat cheese would have been yet another layered topper that would have been outstanding, but I was sticking to my simple is more theory. Since it’s just a theory, I reserve the right to remedy that thought at any time.

The dressing calls for a bit of red wine, and while you can leave it out, I think it adds a nice smoothness to the traditional vinaigrette flavorings.

Beet, Carrot and Pomegranate Salad

Yield: serves 4-6

Beet, Carrot and Pomegranate Salad

Ingredients

5-6 small beets, cooked and peeled
2 medium carrots, peeled
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
1 tablespoon chives, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
flaked sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice the beets and carrots thinly using a mandoline or hand held slicer. Layer on a plate or platter, alternating beets and carrots, sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and set aside.
  2. Mix the red wine, vinegar and honey in a medium bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking continuously.
  3. Drizzle the dressing on the vegetables to coat. Add pistachios, chives and parsley. Season with flaked salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately or at room temperature.
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Katrina @ WVS December 17, 2013 at 7:12 am

So many gorgeous colours here. LOVE!

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kelley December 17, 2013 at 7:34 am

Girl- I want to love this but just can’t get on board with the beets. I do, however, give you bonus points for the color and as always, gorgeous photos!!

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Bev @ Bev Cooks December 17, 2013 at 8:15 am

My eyeballs can’t wrap around how gorgeous this is.

But my mouth can.

(ew, sorry)

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Belinda@themoonblushbaker December 17, 2013 at 9:02 am

I love the swirls in your beets! they are so pretty and partnered with the orange and red of the carrot and pom seeds. It is simply a (very delicious) masterpiece on a plate

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Meghan (DeLallo) December 17, 2013 at 9:24 am

Lovin’ this! So colorful and fresh looking.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks December 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

I love beets! I know some people really aren’t into them, but I will gladly eat their share! I would love this salad. So gorgeous, too! pinned

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Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama December 17, 2013 at 11:18 am

Stunning! I love beet salads. I want a big serving for lunch with some goat cheese crumbled on top!

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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective December 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Honestly, Heidi. Every time I come to your site I feel like you’re making dishes just for me! This is my dream salad. :)

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Tieghan December 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm

So pretty! I cannot get over the gorgeous colors and amazing flavors of this salad, Heidi! Love it!;

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Ali | Gimme Some Oven December 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Seriously, this could not be more beautiful. Love it!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I was just looking around for a good salad to bring to Christmas dinner and this beauty caught my eye!

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Shelli R December 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Had this at the in-laws for Christmas Eve and it was amazing!! Can’t wait to make it for the girls at work!

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Kaitlin January 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm

How did you cook your beats? I’ve never made them at home before and I love beats!

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Laura February 14, 2014 at 9:24 am

Want to try this recipe but we can’t have alcohol at our home…can I substitute the red wine for seomething else? Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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