Food blogging can be a funny mix of reality and theater. Instead of buying a dazzling array of seasonal citrus, I went with what we had sitting around, three plain old (juicy, delicious) oranges and Thanksgiving ingredient leftovers (buttermilk, shallot, pomegranates, and rosemary included), which came together perfectly with tender spinach in a lovely jewel-toned plate. At the same time, to get the shot for this post, I had to place the salad on my hideous faux-marble, dark emerald green kitchen floor. And there it is, your perfect holiday salad, served, however beautifully, on the kitchen floor.
Though I knew I wanted a salad brimming with bright fruits and young spinach, I couldn’t put my finger on the right kind of dressing. After some tinkering, I came up with a dressing that was light and a little creamy, with a hint of fresh rosemary, orange zest bitterness, and mustard-driven bite. Shallots, both in the dressing and scattered over the salad, deliver bracing, satisfying pops throughout.
Another way of saying that is, this salad is easy to make, nice to look at, and complex to eat. Let the holidays begin!
Regarding pomegranates, each one has lots and lots of arils and they stay fresh in their tailor-made pods for a good long while. It takes about three minutes to get the seeds out. Don’t be lazy and buy the pre-packaged seeds – taking control of your kitchen starts with pomegranates.
- For the dressing
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon shallot minced
- 1/2 teaspoon minced rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- For the salad
- 1 large bunch spinach
- 3 oranges or other sweet-tasting citrus
- 1 large pomegranate
- 1/2 shallot sliced paper thin
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves plus sprigs for garnish
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
To make dressing, one at a time, whisk zest, juice, vinegar, mustard, and buttermilk into olive oil. Add shallots, rosemary, and sea salt. Set aside while you prepare salad.
Cut very top and bottom off of oranges. Carefully slice off peel, removing white pith while sparing as much flesh as possible. Cut into 1/2-inch thick slices.
Pour most of the dressing over the spinach; turn with fingers to coat.
Spread spinach on a large platter and tuck oranges throughout. Scatter with pomegranate arils and shallots. Finish with a final drizzle of dressing, a scattering of rosemary leaves, a pinch of sea salt, and several twists fresh pepper.
It looks beautiful ad incredibly appetizing.
Claire D says
Looks like it should be in a magazine!
This is one of the most beautiful food photos i have ever seen in my life!
It looks so tasty! I will try this recipe as soon as I can!
Making this for Thanksgiving today. So beautiful and fresh!
Brooklyn Supper Admin says
Hi Allison, That is so great to hear! I bet it was gorgeous on your Thanksgiving table. I really appreciate the feedback.
Sue/the view from great island says
I just saw this — I made a similar salad last week, and loved it so much. Your dressing sounds really interesting, I just used oil and pomegranate molasses.
The Schinx says
This salad is wonderful! We made it for both Thanksgiving and Christmas! Thanks.
Jill S says
My family enjoyed this recipe so much for Thanksgiving that we made it again on Christmas! Thank you.
elisabeth handel says
I made this today for the Christmas dinner & very bit of it was eaten!
Surprising because this is a family that doesn’t like eating vegetables!!!
Salad looks wonderful.. I can’t seem to find the number of servings the above proportion makes? Am I missing it? Can anyone help? — I need to make it for a larger group and need to know how many side servings the above recipe makes so I can figure out multiples. THANKS!!!
Hi Deb, The serving info is located at the top of the recipe card. This recipe makes 4 servings as a side. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks for asking for the serving size..I couldn’t find it either in recipe or on card top.
I made this for Turkey Day. Very yummy! Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for the recipe!