Red & Green Warm Spinach Salad ♥

Perfect red & green for holiday meals
Today's Christmas-y salad recipe: Quick sautéed spinach with a garlicky yogurt sauce, toasted walnuts, pomegranate seeds and fresh mint. Low carb.

And isn't it festive and pretty?! And the unexpected combination of ingredients - spinach, mint, walnuts, pomegranate seeds and yogurt - somehow really work.

This salad has a lot of parts but luckily they're not 'moving parts' and if you're inspired to serve this for a holiday meal -- it has the right colors, yes? -- all but the last step could be done in advance.

The recipe comes from Street Food by Tom Kime, what's turning out to be a real treasure. I love the irony that a street-side specialty called 'salatet bil s'banegh joz' somewhere in the Middle East or north Africa (the book doesn't say where) is also perfect for a dinner party salad.

For everyday, I'd omit the walnuts, pomegranate seeds and mint, leaving just the quick-cooked spinach topped with the garlicky yogurt sauce.

Delicious, this was!

MAKE IT A MEAL with Beef & Mushroom Stew and potatoes.


Hands-on time: 30 minutes to prep ahead, 10 minutes to finish
Time to table: 40 minutes
Serves 4

1/4 cup walnut pieces - toast in a dry skillet til golden & aromatic
seeds from 1/2 a pomegranate (The Quick & Easy Way to Remove Seeds from a Pomegranate)
20 fresh mint leaves - chop coarsely
Yogurt garlic sauce - Mash a clove of garlic into salt with a fork, stir into 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used the more liquid keffir, it was perfect)

1/2 pound fresh spinach leaves - wash well, remove stems, chop roughly, drain

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
Chopped spinach
Salt & pepper to taste

Heat the oil til shimmery in a large skillet. Add the onion and let cook til aromatic and beginning to turn gold. Add the spinach and cook, turning occasionally, til just tender. Season with salt & pepper.

Lift spinach with tongs from skillet, letting excess liquid stay in the pan. Arrange spinach on plates or a serving tray. Drizzle with yogurt garlic sauce, then scatter with walnuts and mint. Top with pomegranate seeds.

~ Creamed Spinach ~
~ Orzo with Spinach & Pine Nuts ~
~ Spinach & Artichoke Gratin (also red & green) ~
~ Baked Eggs with Cream & Spinach (a good choice for Christmas morning) ~
~ MORE spinach recipes ~

~ one year ago this week Carrot & Daikon Refrigerator Pickle (great to make ahead to keep on hand for quick lunches and sandwiches) ~
~ two years ago today Warm Pepper Salad (hmm, this could be red & green too!) ~

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Lovely, fresh combination of mint and pomegranate -- would be a fine accompaniment to some of the tagine dishes I've been making recently.

This is a lovely idea. Funnily enough I used pomegranate in a veggie this weekend too and it was delish. So it's good to see another dish with it. I am getting a lot of fresh spinach in my CA box lately so this would be great to try out!

Oh wow, mint and pomogranate what a fantastic sounding combo. This looks so refreshing. Thanks so much for bringing it to the party.

This looks like a beautiful Christmas salad! I just made a tasty spinach salad the fresh summer vegetables we are starting to get here!

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