Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nothin' but Nola Recipe: Spinach + Pomegranate + Almond Salad with Granola

This is the second recipe in our Thanksgiving Classic series! Growing up, I don't recall having a salad at the Thanksgiving table. We had other veggie options like green bean casserole, corn, broccoli casserole, and any veggie casserole you can think of! The south is known for amazing casseroles, and trust me, they're worth all the hype! But I thought it would be nice to create a traditional salad recipe geared towards the cooler, holiday season!

This dish is a delightful addition to any Thanksgiving table or holiday spread! Today's recipe  is a fresh, wholesome, and nutrient-dense salad ... spinach tossed in a light dressing and topped with toasted almonds and fresh, juicy pomegranate seeds.

In case you haven't seen these beautiful pops of red in your local grocery store, it's pomegranate season!! Pomegranates are full of so much nutritious goodness! These juicy seeds pack an awesome antioxidant punch, are a great source of fiber, and are a great immunity booster!! Yeah!

The healthy fats in the olive oil-based dressing along with the toasted almonds will help you stay satiated and satisfied. This is a super-food, good-for-you salad that you don't want to skip!

Spinach + Pomegranate + Almond Salad with Granola
(makes one large salad)

1 large container organic spinach
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1 cup Goin' Nuts granola

1/2 cup olive oil
juice from 2 limes
4 cloves of garlic, diced or smashed in a garlic press
salt and pepper, to taste

Mix salad! Make dressing! Eat up! 
1. Brown almonds: preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds out onto pan. Bake for 5 minutes. Stir. Bake for another 5 minutes. Stir. Repeat until almonds are a golden brown. Just trust your nose! They'll smell deliciously toasty!
2. Whisk together ingredients for salad dressing.
3. In a large serving bowl, toss the spinach with the salad dressing.
4. Top with almonds, pomegranate seeds, and granola.
5. Enjoy!

You can buy our fresh + healthy, organic-based granola here

xoxo Lauren

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