Tomato and Pomegranate Salad

Tomato Pomegranate Salad

Tomato Pomegranate Salad

Happy 2015 everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season.  I love all of the festivities and eating events that this season presents, but have to admit that I (especially my waistline) am relieved when the New Year arrives, and I can focus once again, on fresh, healthy meals. It seems that as much as I am determined not to over-indulge in sweet, rich food at Christmas time, I am lured into eye-popping calorie counts with not enough time to exercise it all off! So today I am welcoming the New Year with a divine salad that I discovered in Yotam Ottolenghi’s latest cookbook, “Plenty More”. Let me assure you, that you can load your plate high with this delicious, colourful  salad, and not have to worry about running a marathon to burn it off.  Another advantage is that if you are still celebrating the holidays, it is gorgeously festive. I hope you all enjoy it.

I will be bringing a big bowl of my salad over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday to share with my blogging friends. I know that many of them will appreciate a lighter dish after all of the rich food we have been consuming. Please come and join us at The Novice Gardener and Happy New Year to you all!


Tomato and Pomegranate Salad

  • Difficulty: Super Easy
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1 ½ cups red cherry tomatoes, cut into ¼ inch dice

1 ½ cups yellow cherry tomatoes cut into ¼ inch dice

1 ½ cups plum tomatoes cut into ¼ inch dice

1-pound medium slicing tomatoes, cut into ¼ inch dice

1 red pepper, cut into ¼ inch dice

1 small red onion, finely diced (about ¾ cup)

2 cloves garlic, crushed

½ teaspoon ground allspice

2 teaspoons white wine vinegar

1 ½ tablespoons pomegranate molasses

¼ cup olive oil, plus extra to finish

seeds of 1 large pomegranate (about 1 cup)

1 tablespoon small fresh oregano leaves

salt to taste


Mix together all of the tomatoes, the red pepper, and the onion in a large bowl and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, allspice, vinegar, pomegranate molasses, olive oil and a pinch of salt, until well combined. Pour over the tomato mixture and toss, gently.

Arrange the tomato mixture and its juices on a large, flat plate. Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds over the top. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil, and serve.

Load your plate high with this one!  Mop up the juices with some thick, crusty bread!

Load your plate high with this one! Mop up the juices with some thick, crusty bread!


63 Responses to “Tomato and Pomegranate Salad”

  1. Johanne Lamarche

    When I read this title I thought tomatoes AND pomegranates? Love both but not together. Then I saw the source and well all was right with the world. Love Ottolenghi and his bold combinations of flavors. Gorgeous salad I will have to try. Happy New and Healthy Year, Juliana!

    • chefjulianna

      Happy New Year to you too, Johanne! I agree about Ottolenghi! I love everything that I have cooked from his books! All the best for 2015!

  2. The Novice Gardener

    I’ve made this and I absolutely love it! My mouth is watering at the thought and sight! Mmm….I need to find me a source for good tomatoes. I get spoiled with my homegrown tomatoes, but unless I get myself a greenhouse, I’d better get used to store bought ones around this time 🙂

    • chefjulianna

      Oh, you are so lucky to have homegrown tomatoes, Angie! But, tomatoes don’t grow too well in the snow, do they? Are you buried in snow yet? We’re expecting some this weekend… :/ Hey, Happy New Year to you and thanks so much for Fiesta Friday and all that you do for us! 😀

      • The Novice Gardener

        No snow this year unlike last year. My kids were disappointed! I like white Christmas myself, but glad I didn’t have to shovel! 😄

  3. Loretta

    So beautiful, I love all the flavors and colors in this dish, and you’re absolutely spot on, that’s what we ALL need after a month of celebrating with rich foods.

    • chefjulianna

      Oh, thanks so much, Loretta! I really start craving salad after so much rich food! Hope you get a chance to make this one – it’s really worth it! 😀

  4. varinaj

    What gorgeous colors. Never would have thought to put pomegranate and tomato together – sounds interesting (and healthy!)

  5. Sadia Mohamed

    Nice salad. Why didnt i think about putting pomegranate in salad before. That would be really yumm. And the addition of pomegranate molasses will give that lovely tangy taste which in love. Mus try. 🙂

    • chefjulianna

      Thanks Sadia! I love pomegranate in salad – even just a green salad! And you’re right about the pomegranate molasses – it is just gorgeous in the dressing. Hope you do try this! 😀

    • chefjulianna

      Haha! That is one of the beautiful things about blogging! Feasting our eyes is calorie free, isn’t it? Love it! Thanks for the lovely comment, Julie! And Happy New Year to you! 😀

  6. Ginger

    Happy New Year, Julianna! It looks amazing, and I bet it tasted amazing, too! Reminds me to eat more salads in 2015 …

  7. Kaila511

    Happy 2015 to you as well. I love the colors in this salad, so beautiful! And, the combination of tomatoes and pomegranates will be so refreshing. Maybe some of the vitamins in this dish will help us fight off the array of winter illnesses making the rounds. I’m certain this dish will be eaten up quickly by our party-goers, as it is a nice change from the heavy food we’ve been eating lately. (Although, rich food is always a special treat!) Thank you so much for bringing your light and refreshing salad to the fiesta! 🙂

  8. shenANNAgans

    I am about to board a plane home from Asia to Australia, something about long haul flights has me craving beautiful fresh foods, don’t suppose you’ve figured out the beam me up thing huh? I could go a bowl of this. Yarm! 🙂

  9. chefjulianna

    Hey, I know what you mean about craving good food on those long flights! I’m working on the beaming up thing right now 😀 and I’ll get back to you when I have figured it out! 🙂

  10. skd

    This is most welcome after all the partying and bingeing Chef 👍 I would like to skipe the white wine vinegar though. How about cider vinegar or just lemon juice?

  11. Pang @circahappy

    This colourful & healthy salad gets my attention at the first glance. It looks so so good, and I am quite sure this salad is another kind of indulgence we all need right this minute. ❤ ❤ ❤

  12. Nancy

    Beautiful salad, Julianna! It’s the perfect dish to focus on healthier eating without feeling deprived. Happy New Year!

  13. Geraldine

    Sounds like a wonderful blend of flavors and wow, look at all those gorgeous colors! Yummm……nice start to the New Year too, Julianna.

    RE: knitting, anyone as creative as you are could definitely knit too. 😉

    Hugs from BC, G


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