Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
This salad combines five super healthy foods with anti-aging properties and big beauty benefits! Meet pomegranates, the newly recognized beauty food. Pomegranates contain a polyphenol compound that fights damage from free radicals, along with a super-nutrient that may increase your body’s capacity to preserve collagen. Spinach is loaded with beta-carotene and lutein, two nutrients that have been shown to improve skin elasticity, and walnuts are the richest source of Omega 3 (in the form of Alpha Linoenic Acid or ALA) outside salmon and oily fish. The anti-aging properties of avocados and olive oil add even more benefits.
Prep time: 20 minutes • Yield: 4 servings • Portions 1 vegetable, 2 fat
¼ cup cold pressed pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons pomegranate vinegar*
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon coarse Dijon mustard
1 medium shallot, minced finely
¾ teaspoon Celtic or pink Himalayan salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup olive oil
8 cups baby spinach
½ small red onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup walnut pieces, toasted
¼ cup pomegranate arils
½ avocado, sliced
¼ cup goat cheese, crumbled (optional for 80/20 plan)
– Combine pomegranate juice and vinegar, maple syrup, shallot, salt, and pepper and whisk together.
– Slowly drizzle in olive oil while continuing to whisk.
– Toss together salad ingredients and serve with dressing.
*Note: A good quality red wine vinegar may be substituted if pomegranate vinegar is not available.