Pomegranate Salad with Fresh Orange Poppyseed Dressing

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Is it weird to think that “Christmas” and “Salad” belong in the same sentence? Because this Pomegranate Salad with fresh Orange Poppyseed Dressing looks like Christmas on a plate to me!

This salad may seem simple but that creamy orange poppyseed dressing absolutely makes it!

Vegan pomegranate salad with creamy orange poppyseed dressing - a delicious winter salad recipe

I first shared this recipe for a Pomegranate Clementine Spinach salad on my friend’s site, Amanda’s Cookin’.

While I love big, crazy decadent salads I don’t always have the time (or ingredients) to throw them together, or I just want a simple yet delicious side salad to go with a more hearty dish.

This easy Pomegranate salad has just the perfect ratio of bright pomegranate seeds, juicy clementine slices and fresh spinach leaves and then is drizzled with an easy homemade orange poppyseed dressing that is super versatile and decadent while being completely guilt-free.

This creamy orange poppyseed dressing is completely dairy-free and vegan. We used it on our pomegranate-clementine-spinach salad

You can buy pomegranate seeds at most grocery stores but I have a really simple hack for removing them without a mess – and in less than a minute!

Simply cut your pomegranate in half with a sharp kitchen knife (through the stem). Place a large bowl with about 1-2 cups of water on the counter and grab a spoon. (Preferably a big wooden one.)

Holding the cut side of the pomegranate over the bowl, smack the top and sides of the pomegranate with your spoon. This method  pops the pomegranate seeds through the yellow “membranes” surrounding them. After just a few hits, your pomegranate will be completely deseeded.

After repeating with the second half of the pomegranate, strain out the bowl into a colander and pick out any membrane pieces that fell in. Store in a mason jar in the fridge and use within a week.

How to make a creamy, dairy-free orange poppyseed salad dressing

Ingredients for Orange Poppyseed Dressing

  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons honey (can use a fine sugar instead)
  • 2 teaspoons dijon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons poppyseeds

Tip: this makes enough fresh poppyseed dressing for about 10 salads.

To make the pomegranate-spinach salad:

  • 3 cups baby spinach, cleaned
  • 2 clementines, sectioned
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

 

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A delicious winter salad with fresh pomegranate seeds, clementines, spinach and a creamy orange poppyseed dressing that is completely dairy-free

How to Make a Pomegranate Salad

In a small bowl or smoothie-type blender, mix together the olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice and dijon.

Adjust to taste with the honey and salt. Add in the poppy seeds.

Store in a small glass mason jar in the fridge in between uses.

In a large salad bowl, toss together the spinach, clementines and pomegranate seeds. (See note above for best way to remove pomegranate seeds.)

Yum! A fresh winter salad that takes seconds to throw together

Drizzle on as much of the dressing as you desire and serve.

Makes 2 main salads, or 4 side salads.

 

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Pomegranate Salad with Fresh Orange Poppyseed Dressing

Pomegranate Salad with Fresh Orange Poppyseed Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons honey (can use a fine sugar instead)
  • 2 teaspoons dijon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons poppyseeds

To make the pomegranate-spinach salad:

  • 3 cups baby spinach, cleaned
  • 2 clementines, sectioned
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice and dijon.
  2. Adjust to taste with the honey and salt. Add in the poppy seeds.
  3. Store in a small glass mason jar in the fridge in between uses.
  4. In a large salad bowl, toss together the spinach, clementines and pomegranate seeds.
  5. Drizzle on as much of the dressing as you desire and serve.
  6. Makes 2 main salads, or 4 side salads.

Notes

NOTE: to remove the pomegranate seeds, simply cut your pomegranate in half with a sharp kitchen knife (through the stem). Place a large bowl with about 1-2 cups of water on the counter and grab a spoon. (Preferably a big wooden one.)

Holding the cut side of the pomegranate over the bowl, smack the top and sides of the pomegranate with your spoon. This method  pops the pomegranate seeds through the yellow "membranes" surrounding them. After just a few hits, your pomegranate will be completely deseeded.

After repeating with the second half of the pomegranate, strain out the bowl into a colander and pick out any membrane pieces that fell in. Store in a mason jar in the fridge and use within a week.

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What’s your go-to easy side salad recipe?

For more delicious side salads your family will love, check out our Copycat Chinois salad recipe or our BLT Caesar salad recipe.

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