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.
RED & GREEN WARM SPINACH SALAD
Time to table: 40 minutes
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
JUST BEFORE SERVING
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
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.
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~ two years ago today Warm Pepper Salad (hmm, this could be red & green too!) ~
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