It has been extremely cold this week, temperatures staying below zero all day and dropping into the negative double digits at night. Even for Minnesota that’s pretty brutal. With the weather so frigid, a rainbow salad may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but when you hear my reasoning I hope you’ll agree it’s actually perfect.
Winter weather has been late this year, so for that I am grateful, but now it really feels like it has arrived. A gloomy, pale blanket of clouds covers the sky. The trees look bare and lifeless. I feel a sharp bite pierce my lungs as I inhale, see a thick white puff in the air as I exhale. I clutch my coffee cup as I try to stay warm, even when inside.
These freezing temperatures demand cozy comfort dishes and warm soups. You may be wondering why I’m talking about salads. Don’t worry, I will definitely be posting soup recipes soon (update: like this one!). At the same time, right now I am also craving something, anything, to provide a pop of color among the dreariness.
This tangy pomegranate rainbow salad offers a refreshing color splash to contrast the dullness of winter. It’s bursting with just the right amount of natural sweetness, yet still doesn’t have too much sugar. The pomegranate balsamic vinaigrette dressing is sweet and piquant at the same time. Roasted pumpkin seeds lend a nutty crunch.
The combination of pomegranate arils, sweet bell peppers, crisp spinach, and creamy avocado provide a wide array of hues – red, orange, yellow, light and dark greens, purple – as well as textures. Only blue is missing, but there aren’t many foods in that color, and I thought it was already fruit enough without adding blueberries.
I decided that there are still enough different shades in this dish to call it a rainbow salad. The flavors of this salad compliment each other so well that nothing else was needed. It’s the perfect paleo salad to chase away the winter blues.
Rainbow Salad Recipe with Pomegranate Vinaigrette (Paleo, Low Carb):
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