Fennel, Apple and Pomegranate Salad

by Sarah on November 21, 2010

pomegranate, fennel and apple salad

Pomegranates begin to ripen by the end of summer and fennel is at its best in winter.  During autumn the stars align and both are available to make this simple yet wonderfully refreshing salad.  The pomegranates not only add a sophisticated visual appeal but are also pure fun to bite into. Or as my son described so eloquently “oooh!”

2 fennel bulbs, julienned (cut into thin strips, but not that thin)

2 apples, julienned

seeds of  half of a large pomegranate

Juice of ½ a lemon

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon citrus honey

Combine the fennel, apple and pomegranate seeds. Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil and honey and pour over the fruits. Mix well.

pomegranate at outdoor market

While trying to describe pomegranates I realized that everything I wrote sounded contrived or clichéd.  I asked my twitter friends if they could help me and this is what they came up with. Please add your own glorious bits of pomegranate poetry.

@yaelsr: red? full of anti-oxidants? A famous natural anti-cancer drug? Don’t know, only clichés as well

@lisaiscooking : seeds like shining, flavor-jewels ? too much?

@dejerusalem : Crowned fruit. Purple on the outside. Inside, millions of juicy blushed pearls. Condensed flavor in a shell! (108cha inclspaces)

@onetiredemma: that’s difficult! small red juice-filled pods doesn’t compare to ruby jewels bursting with tangy goodness :)

@slolee: Pomegranate: Aethestically and logistically confusing to a non-local but totally worth the hassle.

@foodbridge: Pomegranates: Ruby red starbursts of pure delight?!?

@morrisgrass: Like tasty rubies shimmering upon a delicious satin pasta gown

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Yael November 21, 2010 at 7:36 am

Great idea! let your social networks do the work for you. Finally someone found something useful to do with Twitter.


Sarah November 21, 2010 at 7:37 am

useful? I think its just Fun :-)


lisaiscooking November 21, 2010 at 8:50 am

Great options! “Ruby” is a great combo of color and jewel-like quality. And, this salad sounds lovely. I have tiny pomegranates on a dwarf tree in my front yard. I’m not sure they’ll even have seeds if I cut one open, but I’m waiting for them to ripen just in case!


Sally November 21, 2010 at 8:53 am

I like your description….and I’ll make this salad for sure.


cat November 21, 2010 at 11:26 am

Sounds delicious – I find fennel quite tricky as it’s flavour can be a bit overpowering to my taste but I think this combo would work well.

Pomegranate – the explosive grenade of fruit? (As its name in Hebrew and Russian means “hand grenade”)?


Marina Goldstein November 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm

like like like!!!


sea cucumber November 22, 2010 at 9:48 pm

ruby startbursts. blushed pearls. hard to think of something to match that. my best effort is – hearty tarty pomegranate party….


Sarah November 23, 2010 at 8:10 am

you win!


MaryWitzl November 23, 2010 at 7:26 am

We were surrounded by pomegranate trees in Cyprus, but I never picked any of the fruit because I had so little time. And now I see this!

I can’t get over how beautiful pomegranates are. And the fruit tastes far better fresh than the bottled juice does.


Sarah November 24, 2010 at 10:42 am

it’s funny but I have a pomegranate tree in my backyard but its the sweet kind which I like much less.


Stephanie Quilao December 6, 2010 at 11:38 pm

The pomegranate seeds really brighten up the salad. Yum!


Sarah December 7, 2010 at 1:55 am

Thanks Stephanie, Pomegranate seeds are also deliciously juicy


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