Just when I thought I was getting over this cold, I wake up with a terrible headache and sore throat. Why???? I’m trying to stay in the festive spirit but that’s really hard when all I want to do is curl up in a ball with NyQuil and sleeeeep. But, as you can imagine, the holidays are an especially busy time at work. Maybe it’s because all of the kids are on Winter break so parents want to take advantage of the time off, or maybe it’s all of the eggnog and chocolate that causes GI distress prompting an appointment with a GI dietitian. Either way, there’s no time for sickness!
What do you do to help yourself feel better when you have a cold? I try to focus on plenty of rest, eating fruits and vegetables to keep my immune system and gut bacteria happy, and hydration. There’s only so many fruits and veggies I can stomach when I don’t feel good, though. Hmmm, that’s probably not the best way to segue into a vegetable-based recipe…
I would argue that one fruit and vegetable-based dish I am always in the mood for is this Pear and Pomegranate Holiday Salad. It makes all of my Christmas food dreams come true! Just look at all of the beautiful colors in this salad. There’s definitely something to be said about how “pretty” food tastes good. We eat with our eyes, just like the rest of our senses.
Now, truth be told, I’m not a big fan of spinach. Some people have tried to convince me that spinach doesn’t have much flavor, but I almost gag from the flavor of spinach. I can add it to recipes where I don’t notice it, or even to fruit smoothies, but to eat it raw is generally a no-go for me.
There is one spinach salad that I’ve always enjoyed, and that is a spinach salad with strawberries and poppy seed dressing. Add enough dressing to it and you can’t even taste the spinach! Haha Likewise, I figured if I added enough yummy ingredients to this spinach salad, I, and anyone else who feels the same about spinach, would be able to enjoy this salad. Success! I ate this salad the day I made it, and even the leftovers the next day. Surprisingly it doesn’t get too soggy sitting in the salad dressing in the fridge overnight. If I love this salad, I think it will be a big hit with your guests this holiday!
Pear and Pomegranate Holiday Salad
- 6 cups spinach leaves
- 1 cup micro-greens (can substitute another leafy green, such as arugula)
- 1 cup pomegranate arils
- ⅔ cup pecans
- ½ pear, sliced thin
- ½ cup feta cheese
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or olive oil)
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients and gently toss until ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Whisk together the salad dressing and pour over the salad. Gently toss again to evenly distribute the dressing.
- Serve and enjoy!
My hubby and I enjoyed our Pear and Pomegranate Holiday Salad with a side of festive Cranberry Pomegranate Bruschetta and Chicken Thighs! I think he enjoys recipe testing days. 😉