Winter Fruit Salad with Pomegranate and Chia Seeds

Recipe - Winter Fruit Salad with Pomegranate and Chia SeedsThis recipe is simple, beautiful, and impressively healthy.  The simplicity is that, come Winter, most of us won’t have to go far for the ingredients, perhaps even a trip around the neighborhood!  The recipe for Winter Fruit Salad with Pomegranate and Chia Seeds is all things our taste buds crave this time of year being crisp, fresh, tart, and sweet all at the same time. The pomegranate seeds and the grapefruit offer great juicy tartness while the oranges, pear, and honey balance with just the right amount of sweetness.  Last but not least, the amazing little chia seeds offer a nice crunch to round out the palate.  Give this fruit salad a try and feel free to alter it to whatever you might have growing in your (or your neighbour’s) backyard.

For the Salad:

2 pomegranates
2 Navel or Valencia oranges
1 good grapefruit
1 apple (good and crisp such as Granny Smith or whatever smells best)
1 pear
¼ c. chia seeds
1 T. Sweetree raw honey
Quarter whole pomegranates and remove pomegranate kernels into medium sized bowl (*warning- wear a dark shirt and doing this part of the process with the bowl sitting in a sink is not a bad idea as pomegranate juice likes to spray and stain).  Make sure not to let any of the pomegranate’s pale pith lining get into the salad bowl as it is a bit bitter and would not lend itself to a good tasting salad.  Prepare the oranges and the grapefruit by cutting the peel off and then chopping the fruit into ½ inch pieces (if you have a cutting board that lends itself to being able to drain the fruit juices into the bowl, use it as the juices add great flavor to the salad).  Cut the apple and pear into ½ inch pieces and add to the bowl with the pomegranates and citrus.  Pour Chia seeds into fruit salad bowl as well as honey and give it a good stir.  The salad is great enjoyed immediately or gets even juicier if chilled and eaten the next day.
Serve on its own or with some plain yogurt or kefir or fresh vanilla ice cream if you are feeling the need to take it down the dessert path.
Makes 3-4, depending on how much you like to share;-)

by Sarah Wadsworth - The Seasonal Alchemist


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