Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Jeweled Winter Salad
What's your favorite winter food? Mine's beef stew. No, it's hot chocolate. Wait, I think it's turkey chili. Sometimes it's sauteed kale smothered in yolk from a perfectly poached egg. Yeahh... that's the stuff.
Winter is a time for hearty things. For comfort foods that warm your heart and stick to your bones. When it's cold and blustery outside, we can't help but want to curl up with our loved ones and a cozy meal. It's in our blood.
But what about those sunny, crisp winter days, the ones that feel invigorating and inspiring the very moment the sun crests the rooftops of sleepy homes as if to say, "Wake up! The day is young, the time is now to make the most of it!" Those are the days I make it to 7:00am spin class. I try to cherish them, because I know as winter wages on, they will be few and far between.
On days like those, our favorite rich, winter comfort foods won't do. We need something fresher, crisper, and greener, and studded with pomegranates. Lucky for us, winter provides plenty of fresh and healthy options, they're just a little unexpected. You know those braised brussels sprouts you ate for Thanksgiving? You know that fennel you sauteed into soup? Remember those apples that you baked into pie? Those things can all be eaten RAW, in a delicious salad that's pretty good for you. No, don't groan. This is yummy, I promise. If Joy the Baker invented it, it can't be bad (I followed her wonderful recipe, minus the almonds). Plus, you'll feel pretty good after you eat it. Crisp winter morning good. Spin class good. So good, in fact, that this may become one of your new favorite winter foods. It certainly has become one of mine.