Happy holidays, friends!
Been busy wrapping, baking, shopping, and cooking? Same here. And drinking more iced coffee than is recommended by 4 out of 5 sleepologists.
It was quite a productive week in the kitchen. I baked oodles of cookies (with help from my elves – Grumpy, Sneezy, and Sporty), and I even made a real dinner THREE DAYS IN A ROW! That’s a Christmas miracle right there.
The crowned jewel of the week, though, was this absolutely gorgeous kale quinoa pomegranate salad. After being inspired by something similar at a restaurant last month, I knew I had to re-create it at home. We (big, huge congratulatory emphasis on WE) have made this twice this week and it’s been a huge hit.
What constitutes a huge hit in this house? Absolutely anytime my most finicky youngest eats bite after bite of a veggie packed dish – that’s what.
It turns out pomegranate seeds (aka arils) are the key. I wish I could show you a video of her and her brother fighting over the bowlful of arils while I chopped the veggies. The slightly sweet balsamic dressing didn’t hurt either – she is crazy about this cinnamon pear balsamic we have from the Olive Cart.
I think my most favorite thing about this salad, though, is that it stands up to the dressing even the next day. While I can barely choke down leftover Caesar with its soggy, limp romaine, the baby kale here can handle the dressing no problem.
Leftover kale, quinoa, and pomegranate salad? Yes, please, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – just for today. I’m exhausted from all this excitement.
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