Sticking To What Works

Today’s post is going to look and feel very familiar.

But when it works it works, right?

After gorging myself with mashed potatoes and turkey last week/this weekend, I’ve been craving fresh and light meals. And since these ingredients have captured my attention lately, I’m sticking with them: pomegranate seeds. persimmons, and spiced candied walnuts, to be exact.

And so I present to you the world’s most perfect post-Thanksgiving salad:

It is everything a salad should be – fresh, colorful, crunchy, sweet, tangy, and delicious.

Pomegranate and Persimmon Salad

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 2 persimmons, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • goat cheese
  • spicy candied walnuts
  • balsamic vinaigrette or favorite dressing of choice (recommend keeping it tangy)

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl add mixed greens, persimmons, pomegranate seeds, onion, goat cheese, and walnuts. Dress with vinaigrette and mix well.

I feel silly including directions, but you never know…

The only thing that would perhaps make this better? Crumbled bacon. But that’s a given; bacon makes everything better.

Oh. Em. Gee.

You’re going to have to act quickly, because every moment you spend not making these delicious spiced candied walnuts, will be a moment you can never get back.

Trust.

Yesterday I was feeling especially snacky,  and because I can never seem to get it together in time to put together a proper meal when I’m on my own for the night,  a plate of random bits and pieces it was. Enter my new favorite snack plate.

Spiced Candied Walnuts

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup halves walnuts
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 splenda packets or 1/2 tsp sugar
  • dash of salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.
  3. Spread walnut mixture on a cookie sheet and allow to bake 7-8 minutes, or until slightly toasted.
  4. Cool and serve!

These walnuts are flavorful and satisfying on their own, but would be an excellent addition to a salad. Also, as with ALL of my recipes please feel free to tweak according to your own personal tastes. Remember: a pinch or two of cayenne goes a LONG way (I always seem to forget this!).

A glass of wine, some DVR action, and my night was a success.