The day after Thanksgiving we were invited to our friend Sharon’s house for a casual dinner amongst friends.Â Sharon needed someone to bring a salad so I volunteered for the job. I seldom, if ever, bring salads to potlucks because for some reason the main leftover that we always end up having when we have parties is salad. So I scratched my head and thought to myself, I am not going to make a boring tomato and cucumber salad. I looked in my fridge for some inspiration to see what I had for some inspiration. Sure enough, the good Persian girl that I am I had walnuts, feta cheese, and fresh pomegranates.Â Ding, ding, ding, ding!! I hit the jackpot! Three Persian favorites that could come together and make a delish combination. And this is how my Festive Salad made with lettuce, pomegranate seeds, walnuts and feta cheese with a pomegranate vinaigrette came about!
Much to my surprise the salad was gone, all gone!! YES! I could not believe my eyes! I didn’t even get a chance for a second round. Score! I knew I had done something right when at the end of the evening one of the party attendees asked me for the recipe.Â Just to make sure this was a winner, I experimented with it one more time this past weekend.Â I took it to our friend Annette’s potluck birthday party and once again gone, baby GONE!!
The reason why I decided to call it Festive Salad is because that’s what the majority of people said about it. “It’s such a festive salad!!!” Best of all it’s super easy to make and it transports well for any holiday parties you will be taking it to!
3 heads of romaine lettuce
2 cups pomegranate seeds
1 cup walnuts, toasted
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
4 tbsp pomegranate juice
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp honey
salt & pepper
MakeÂ vinaigretteÂ by combining pomegranate juice, red wine vinegar, and honey. Â Gradually whisk in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Set the vinaigrette aside for at least one hour before serving salad.
Place chopped lettuce in a large salad bowl. When ready to serve salad first toss lettuce with 2/3 of the vinaigrette. Â Then add pomegranate seeds on top, followed by the walnuts and feta cheese. Finish salad by pouring the remaining 1/3 of the vinaigrette on top of the feta cheese. I don’t have the step by step pictures of the assembly because each time I forgot to take a picture of the salad once it was assembled. Â But I can tell you it looks soooo pretty!
What I love about this salad is the fact that with every bite you get a taste of the romaine lettuce tossed with the pomegranate vinaigrette along with a burst of flavor from the pomegranate seeds, nuttiness of the walnuts and the yummy saltiness of the feta cheese!
Like I said before, this salad transports well and requires little effort on your part!! All you have to do is make the vinaigrette and put it in a ziplock bag. Then place the lettuce in a salad bowl and separately pack Â walnuts, pomegranate seeds, and feta cheese in ziplock bags too. Â Then place the bags next to the lettuce and cover it all with plastic wrap. Â Once everyone is ready to eat just assemble and see itÂ disappear!!!!!