Tomato and Pomegranate Salad

 

 

 

I made this salad with soup and bread for dinner. A few hours later, I found my husband putting together and enjoying a glorious dish: a sampling of cheeses and mixed salad greens added to the leftover tomato and pomegranate salad. I sat there and couldn’t stop admiring the mouth-watering and beautifully assembled dish in front of him.
Tomatoes are my everyday’s pantry items. I would buy pomegranates when they are in season (now you see them in the markets in all seasons), and add them to fruits with yogurt and sometimes with vegetables like brussels sprouts. The translucent flesh and the sharp sweetness of the pomegranate seeds add sparkles to any dish, visually and textually. But I’d have never thought of adding pomegranate seeds and tomatoes together. Ottolenghi discovered the tomatoes and pomegranate combination in a famous kebab restaurant called Hamdi, right by the Spice Bazaar, in Istanbul. Now this sparkling dish belongs to part of my repertoire of everyday salads.

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14 Comments

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    Zosia
    January 24, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Welcome to IHCC!
    That is a truly beautiful salad! And I love your comment about pomegranates adding sparkle to a dish; it's the perfect description. I've had my eye on this recipe but have yet to make it. That will change now.

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    flour.ish.en
    January 24, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Great to hear from you and thanks for your always thoughtful comment.

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    Alicia Foodycat
    January 25, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Tomato and pomegranate is such a lovely combination!

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    Couscous & Consciousness
    January 26, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Welcome to IHCC. I am so totally in love with Ottolenghi's food, and Plenty More is on my wish list. I've had this salad of his on my "must try" list for a little while now, and now that the tomatoes are finally ripening in my garden at the moment, I will definitely be putting some of that abundance to use in this salad.

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    kitchen flavours
    January 26, 2015 at 3:54 am

    Nice to see you in IHCC!
    I do agree that this is one glorious salad! Have made it before and absolutely love it!

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    flour.ish.en
    January 26, 2015 at 4:40 am

    There is so much to love about Ottolenghi's recipes: vibrant, healthful and deep flavors. Glad to find like-minded home-cooks at IHCC. This salad will not disappoint. Enjoy!

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    flour.ish.en
    January 26, 2015 at 4:51 am

    I can't wait to get different kinds of better tasting tomatoes when they are in season here on the east coast. This salad would be more spectacular!

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    flour.ish.en
    January 26, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Thanks! Even better is the ease in putting this salad together.

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    Ms Howtheylived
    January 27, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    That salad sounds wonderful!

    Wonderful to meet you, too!

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    Kim
    January 28, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Welcome to IHCC! We are so very happy to have you. Please feel free to join in whenever you can:)

    Saying that, as soon as I saw the picture of this salad I knew it screamed Ottolenghi! His recipes are so stunning and the way he pairs ingredients together is so unique and fun! This is one gorgeous and jewled-looking salad. It looks so exotic and full of flavor. Gorgeous!

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    flour.ish.en
    January 28, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Ditto and thanks for your kind words

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    flour.ish.en
    January 28, 2015 at 5:58 am

    There are so many recipes in Ottolenghi's "Plenty More" I want to cook from. Tomato and pomegranate salad happens to be the first recipe in the book and I was drawn to it instantly. Looking forward to do more!

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    Deb in Hawaii
    January 28, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Welcome to IHCC–it's nice to have you join us whenever you can. 😉 I too have been enjoying Plenty More. Ottolenghi is one of my favorites and this salad is one I have marked to make. So pretty!

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    flour.ish.en
    January 28, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I'd love to cook and post more from "Plenty More," especially his diverse and wholly original vegetables dishes.

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