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Spinach Salad with Pomegranate and Avocado

The sunflower seeds and spinach in this salad are top-notch sources of magnesium, which enables your body to create dopamine. The avocado's vitamin B6 produces serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter.
Body+Soul, 2008
  • Yield Serves 6
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Ingredients

  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 bunches flat leaf spinach, stems trimmed, well washed and dried
  • 2 tablespoons roasted, hulled sunflower seeds
  • 1 Hass avocado

Directions

  1. Halve pomegranate lengthwise and seed. Working in a bowl of cold water, use your hands to separate seeds from membrane. Membrane will float to the top; discard. Scoop out pomegranate seeds and pat dry.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons lemon juice, mustard, and oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss spinach, sunflower seeds, and pomegranate seeds with dressing in bowl. Transfer to a serving platter.

  3. Halve avocado and remove pit. Scoop out flesh and thinly slice lengthwise; drizzle with remaining lemon juice. Transfer to plate and arrange salad on top. Serve immediately.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (4)

  • candance 10 Jan, 2011

    The dressing was terrible. I can see how the pomegranate might counteract the sourness of the lemon, but it was just way too overpowering.

  • UUjerri1 3 Jan, 2011

    I can relate to the tangy issue. I won't attempt. We're going to do the Millet bowl with Black Beans and Vegetables as was printed in the Whole Living Magazine for Week 1. Spinach was not on the shopping list for Week 1 anyway. Go get em girls! Oh, and I'm liking the Ultimate You book sofar.

  • maya85 12 Nov, 2010

    mm this salad looks delicious, pomegranate is a great addition! i also really enjoy this vegan salad too:
    http://www.fourgreensteps.com/community/recipes/53/354

  • kimberly_ponomarova 7 Mar, 2010

    This salad has real potential, but for me it was way too tangy. I may have made a measuring error and will try this salad again as it sounds and looks delicious, however, the first time around the pomegranate was completely overpowered by lemon and dijon and niether my husband nor I could finish.