As healthy as I always try to feed Paloma, and as many green smoothies and juices she drinks daily, I never dreamt of her eating a green salad, despite my frequent attempts to get her to like it. Everything changed this fall, when our growing season began. All kinds of delicious, crispy greens from local organic farms are in abundance at the market at this time of year, and this is the prime time for salads.
The other day, Paloma was observing me making a salad for her dad and announced that it smells good and she would like some. I was convinced that it would be another failed try, but she cleaned out the bowl in no time and asked for more. Since that evening, she’s been eating two servings of green salad daily, and I suspect that my pomegranate molasses dressing is key to this miraculous transformation in taste. I usually turn to pomegranate molasses every fall and use it to sprinkle on pretty much everything, it’s one of those special, delicious ingredients perfect for this time of year.
The salad that I’m sharing with you today is hearty, but bright and crispy at the same time. And of course it is accompanied by the dressing that turned my five year old into a salad enthusiast. It is hard to get enough of and would be a great addition to any Thanksgiving table. Happy holidays, enjoy your time with family and friends!
Shaved Brussels Sprout, Pomegranate and Lentil Salad
for the salad
1 cup black or puy (French) lentils
1 cup shelled edamame
10-15 brussels sprouts
1 pomegranate – seeds
about 1/4 red kuri, kabocha or butternut squash- shredded
for the dressing
5 tablespoons grapeseed, sunflower or olive oil
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
1 tablespoons mustard
generous squeeze of lemon juice – optional
sea salt and freshly squeezed black pepper
to make the salad
1. Cover the lentils with water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until soft. Add a generous pinch of salt at the end, drain and let cool.
2. Bring a large amount of well-salted water to a boil and blanch edamame for about one minute. Immediately transfer to an ice bath to stop the cooking. Alternatively, you can just thaw edamame and leave raw.
3. Trim the brussels sprouts and shred them in a food processor with a shredding attachment.
4. Combine all of the salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl until smooth.
5. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss to coat and serve. Alternatively, keep the salad and dressing refrigerated separately, in air-tight containers until ready to serve. Dress the salad as you go, individually in serving bowls.