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Pomegranate, Olive and Walnut Salad

Pomegranate, Olive and Walnut Salad

I made this simple, yet delicious and refreshing salad to go with the roasted leg of lamb. We eat pomegranates regularly and this salad is a great way to use it. The salad has only a few ingredients and every bite has the perfect balance of sweet, salty, crunchy and tangy.

Pomegranate molasses is available in most Middle Eastern stores or it can be made at home by reducing fresh pomegranate juice until it becomes thick and syrupy.

I adapted the recipe from Ayla Algar’s Classical Turkish Cooking, an excellent Turkish cookbook, I highly recommend it if you are looking for a Mediterranean cookbook.

  • 1 cup green olives, chopped
  • 1 ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup scallions, finely chopped
  • Coarse salt
  • Pomegranate molasses
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Toast the walnuts in a skillet over medium heat, until lightly golden, let cool, coarsely chop.

Mix the green olives, pomegranate seeds and scallions in a bowl; add the walnuts, pomegranate molasses and olive oil, season with salt, refrigerate until ready to serve.

Pomegranate, Olive and Walnut Salad


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7 comments to Pomegranate, Olive and Walnut Salad

  • That is one interesting combination, and it looks amazing. I must try it to see how it is now! Have a wonderful day!

  • Megi, gerçekten de tatlı, tuzlu, ekşi uyumunu yakalamamışsın. Bir de kasede çok baştan çıkarıcı duruyor:))
    Kısacası bayıldım bu salataya…
    Balık yanına da yakışır mı acaba akşama yapsam?

  • LindenTea

    Thank you Mihaela. :)

    Tesekkur ederim Asli, cok hafif ve guzel oldu.

  • What an interesting mix of flavors with the olives! I haven’t seen many poms over here lately… I wonder if they are still in season.

  • …I wanted to respond to your comment about the sweet potato biscuts but I can’t find your email.
    Perfect with the goat milk! (Actually I should try that with my daughter since I’m starting to wonder if she is building a rice allergy.) And just remember, they come out looking sort of like cookies but aren’t very sweet. I hope you both enjoy!

  • LindenTea

    We all loved the biscuits, thank you Dawn. I wonder if I could use pureed pumpkin?

  • Megi, This sounds like such a great combination…never thought of combining pomegranates, nuts and olives.
    Really a wonderful salad that uses some healthy ingredients.
    I love pomegranates, and usually eat them as a snack…I love this combination!
    I must try it…thank you for the inspiration.

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