Looking for a pretty holiday salad to set the tone? There is nothing like a sweet, astringent, earthy, nicely seasoned salad to get the salivary glands going. Preferably one where the lettuce is freshly picked and the dressing just a little exotic.
Lollo Rosso is my favorite lettuce and it is not always easy to find. Its leaves are frilly and crisp holding vinaigrette within it folds and the flavor richer than most red lettuces.
The pomegranate is a fascinating fruit rich in history, symbolism, and packed with flavor. Its juice is naturally sweet-tart easily replacing vinegars or wines in many recipes.
And the seeds look like jewels. Hard to resist edible rubies...
Lollo Rosso Asian Pear Salad with Persian Lime Pomegranate Vinaigrette
3 bunches lollo rosso lettuce
1 bunch frisée lettuce, yellow inner leaves only
1 asian pear, sliced paper thin
1 handful of pomegranate seeds to sprinkle
3 T pomegranate juice (POM Wonderful)
2 T champagne vinegar
4 T Stonehouse persian lime olive oil
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1. Mix vinegar and pomegranate juice together. Then whisk in both olive oils. Season with salt and pepper. Dress lollo rosso with vinaigrette. Then dress frisée & asian pears separately with a little splash of olive oil, champagne vinegar, and salt (so that it doesn't turn pink).
2. Plate lettuces together with pears and sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top. Drizzle pomegranate vinaigrette around plate.