• 1 pomegranate
  • 2 apples
  • 2 grapefruit
  • optional others below

Depending on where you live, Winter can mean a few different things. Around here, Seattle, WA, it means our fresh and local fruit is sparse. Thank goodness I did all that canning back in August and September. We have been enjoying many things! The canned blackberries in a light syrup have been great over oatmeal and plain yogurt. The applesauce has been slurped down by the bowlful by my 2 year old. The tomato jams, pickles, and salsa have been hits at holiday parties. But canned stuff can only go so far, and then we want need something fresh. At my local produce market we receive shipments from Arizona and Mexico. I know that’s not exactly local, but it’s pretty close, so I buy some things. Citrus is in season. Pomegranates are in season. Apples are always around. (Oh boy, in fact, we found a tree of Granny Smiths across from my Dad’s house on Christmas Eve and they let us harvest a large bag full!).

After the heaviness of the holiday feasts, full of carbs, salt, sugar, and deliciousness, I feel like munching on raw produce to cleanse my system.

So I mixed what fruit I had on hand and made a salad that we’ve eaten with breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the past 2 days.

One pomegranate, 2 grapefruit, 2 apples, a dash of cinnamon, a drizzle of honey, a splash of apple cider vinegar. Peel, chop, Stir. This can also be made with oranges, pears, spinach, banana, olive oil, and/or black pepper. I considered adding yogurt, but wanted to keep it pretty clean and not too filling.

I like love grapefruit! But only when I sit down for 20 minutes and peel the entire thing. So this salad is a real labor of love, especially when you consider the time it takes to peel and pick apart a pomegranate. But try a grapefruit this way. Peel it like an orange, then also peel actual segments as well, until the fruit cells are bald and free.

What do you like to eat in the winter where you live?winter1

Dinner: baked chicken, roasted root vegetables with corn, and a fruit salad.

Dinner: baked chicken, roasted root vegetables with corn, and a fruit salad.