Citrus Salad

One of the best things about winter? It’s citrus season. I love having fresh oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes to bring a bright spot to the short, dark winter days. I tend to go a little citrus crazy at the grocery store–it all smells…

One of the best things about winter? It’s citrus season. I love having fresh oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes to bring a bright spot to the short, dark winter days. I tend to go a little citrus crazy at the grocery store–it all smells so good!–and then come home and think, “Wait, what was I…

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Pomegranate Salad

This pomegranate salad is absolutely irresistible! It stars a sweet tart salad dressing and the vibrant crunch of pomegranate seeds. Pomegranate is one of the most special foods on the planet (we think). Each bright pink seed has an irresistible sweet tart pop and crunch! We love downing them by the handful, but our next favorite way to eat them? Pomegranate salad! Crunchy pomegranate seeds make a beautiful confetti over the top of leafy greens. Add tart green apple slices, toasted pecans, and goat cheese or feta crumbles, and it’s a true symphony of flavor! Pick from a few different dressing choices: our favorites are apple cider vinegar dressing or pomegranate vinaigrette. Let’s get started! Pomegranate salad ingredients There are lots of ways to make a pomegranate salad! This is our very favorite combination of flavors: but you’ll see there are endless choices! Below we’ll talk through a few of the different variations you can use. Here’s what you’ll need for this tasty and easy side dish: Pomegranate seeds: we recommend seeding them from a fresh pomegranate. See below! Shallot Granny Smith apple or pear: either are tasty: or you could use both! Pecans or walnuts Mixed greens Goat cheese […]

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This pomegranate salad is absolutely irresistible! It stars a sweet tart salad dressing and the vibrant crunch of pomegranate seeds.

Pomegranate salad

Pomegranate is one of the most special foods on the planet (we think). Each bright pink seed has an irresistible sweet tart pop and crunch! We love downing them by the handful, but our next favorite way to eat them? Pomegranate salad! Crunchy pomegranate seeds make a beautiful confetti over the top of leafy greens. Add tart green apple slices, toasted pecans, and goat cheese or feta crumbles, and it’s a true symphony of flavor! Pick from a few different dressing choices: our favorites are apple cider vinegar dressing or pomegranate vinaigrette. Let’s get started!

Pomegranate salad ingredients

There are lots of ways to make a pomegranate salad! This is our very favorite combination of flavors: but you’ll see there are endless choices! Below we’ll talk through a few of the different variations you can use. Here’s what you’ll need for this tasty and easy side dish:

  • Pomegranate seeds: we recommend seeding them from a fresh pomegranate. See below!
  • Shallot
  • Granny Smith apple or pear: either are tasty: or you could use both!
  • Pecans or walnuts
  • Mixed greens
  • Goat cheese or feta cheese crumbles (optional)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing or Pomegranate Vinaigrette (see below)
Pomegranate salad

Use pomegranate seeds from a fresh pomegranate!

These days, you can find pomegranate seeds already remove from the fruit in your local grocery. But for pomegranate salad, it’s best to buy a fresh pomegranate and cut and seed it yourself. Why? Pomegranate seeds from the fruit are much fresher. If you buy them already seeded, they only have a day or so of shelf life. We’ve even purchased some that went bad before we tried them! So a whole fruit is where it’s at. Here’s what to know:

  • Cut the pomegranate in quarters, then remove the seeds in a bowl of water. This avoids a big mess of pink splatters all over your kitchen! We’ve got a great step-by-step tutorial: go to How to Cut a Pomegranate.
  • Pomegranate seeds last up to 5 days refrigerated, but are best right away. So seed it right before you’re ready to make the salad.
Pomegranate seeds

Step it up with toasted or glazed nuts

This pomegranate salad features toasted pecans: and here’s a tip for you: always toast your nuts! It brings out the nutty flavor almost like salt brings out the flavor in savory foods. And it only takes a few minutes! You can absolutely taste the difference.

To take this salad over the top, make a batch of glazed pecans that have a sweet, crunchy exterior. It adds a new element to an already delicious salad! Here are a few ideas of the various nuts you could use:

Pomegranate salad dressing

Use one of the following pomegranate salad dressings!

There are also lots of variations when it comes dressing for this pomegranate salad! Whatever the case: homemade dressing is best. Of course if you’re in a pinch, you can absolutely use a store-bought dressing: there are many great high quality and organic salad dressings available these days. We created two different dressing options for this salad: and we have a few other ideas as well! Try the following pomegranate salad dressings:

  • Apple cider vinegar dressing: Made with vinegar, Dijon mustard and olive oil, it’s perfectly tangy!
  • Pomegranate vinaigrette: Want to double the pomegranate? Try this dressing made with pomegranate juice.
  • Balsamic vinaigrette: Full of big tangy flavor, and one of of the best homemade dressings you’ll find.
  • Pomegranate molasses plus olive oil: A great way to use this special ingredient! Dress the greens with olive oil, then drizzle with sweet tart pomegranate molasses. It’s incredible!

What to serve with pomegranate salad

This pomegranate salad is great because it’s so versatile! It’s more of a fall and winter salad since pomegranates are easiest to find in the cooler months. But since they’re becoming more available at grocery stores, you can eat it anytime! It’s perfect for holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas, or ideal for accessorizing any fall or winter dinner. Here are a few foods it pairs well with:

Pomegranate salad

Vegan variation

Want to make this pomegranate salad vegan? No problem! All you have to do is omit the cheese crumbles. You’ll barely notice the difference! Some salads need an extra savory hit from cheese, but this one works perfectly without it.

And that’s it: our perfect pomegranate salad! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

More pomegranate recipes

Pomegranate season calls for making lots of vibrant recipes with special fruit! Here are some favorite pomegranate recipes:

This pomegranate salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, omit the cheese crumbles.

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Pomegranate salad

Easy Pomegranate Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This pomegranate salad is absolutely irresistible! It stars a sweet tart salad dressing and the vibrant crunch of pomegranate seeds.


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Cut and seed the pomegranate
  2. Thinly slice the shallot. Thinly slice the apple (and toss it with 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar if desired to prevent browning).
  3. Toast the pecans (don’t skip: this brings out the nutty flavor). Alternatively, make glazed pecans.
  4. Make the Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing or Pomegranate Dressing. 
  5. Place the greens on a platter. Top with the pomegranate seeds, sliced shallot, toasted pecans, and goat cheese or feta cheese crumbles. Toss with the desired amount of dressing to taste. (Store the extra dressing refrigerated and warm to room temperature and whisk again before using.)

Notes

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Salad

Keywords: Pomegranate salad

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Pomegranate Smoothie

This tasty pomegranate smoothie is one of the best ways to use those bright pink seeds! It’s loaded with flavor, nutrients, and protein. Got pomegranate seeds? We’ve got a recipe for you. Try this perfect Pomegranate Smoothie! This delicious pink drink is bursting with fruity flavor and one of our favorite ways to use pomegranate seeds (except eating them by the handful, of course!). It pairs the jewel-toned seeds with frozen pineapple and banana to make a creamy puree that’s full of nutrients and vitamins. Throw in a little Greek yogurt for protein and you’ve got a smoothie that’s filling and irresistibly good. In fact, our 3 year old goes gaga over this one (it was actually his idea, too). Pomegranate smoothie ingredients This pomegranate smoothie is so beautifully fruity and creamy, you’ll add it to your smoothie rotation stat! We love grabbing whole pomegranates and using the seeds to snack on and for salads and smoothies. In fact, our 3 year old Larson loves them so much he had the idea for this recipe (“What if we made a pomegranate smoothie?”). This one has a short ingredient list…the star ingredient of course being those jewel-toned fresh pom seeds! The […]

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This tasty pomegranate smoothie is one of the best ways to use those bright pink seeds! It’s loaded with flavor, nutrients, and protein.

Pomegranate smoothie

Got pomegranate seeds? We’ve got a recipe for you. Try this perfect Pomegranate Smoothie! This delicious pink drink is bursting with fruity flavor and one of our favorite ways to use pomegranate seeds (except eating them by the handful, of course!). It pairs the jewel-toned seeds with frozen pineapple and banana to make a creamy puree that’s full of nutrients and vitamins. Throw in a little Greek yogurt for protein and you’ve got a smoothie that’s filling and irresistibly good. In fact, our 3 year old goes gaga over this one (it was actually his idea, too).

Pomegranate smoothie ingredients

This pomegranate smoothie is so beautifully fruity and creamy, you’ll add it to your smoothie rotation stat! We love grabbing whole pomegranates and using the seeds to snack on and for salads and smoothies. In fact, our 3 year old Larson loves them so much he had the idea for this recipe (“What if we made a pomegranate smoothie?”). This one has a short ingredient list…the star ingredient of course being those jewel-toned fresh pom seeds! The pomegranate smoothie ingredients you’ll need are:

  • Pomegranate seeds: You can use the whole fruit or separate seeds; see below
  • Frozen pineapple: Pineapple melds with the pomegranate and doesn’t overwhelm. Other ideas? Frozen mango or frozen blueberries.
  • Banana: Use a room temperature banana: no need to freeze it unless you want to!
  • Ice: This completes the frothy texture.
  • Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt adds loads of protein: 12 grams or 6 grams per serving. You can use the vegan variations below as desired.
  • Maple syrup: We like just a hint of sweetener for this one to brighten the flavor! Feel free to substitute honey or agave syrup as your sweetener of choice.
Pomegranate seeds

Use a whole pomegranate or buy the seeds

This pomegranate smoothie uses 1 cup seeds: this is enough from 1 medium pomegranate. It’s actually very easy to seed your own pomegranate! Here are a few tips for how to get those seeds:

  • Cut the pomegranate in quarters, then remove the seeds in a bowl of water. This avoids a big mess of pink splatters all over your kitchen! We’ve got a great step-by-step tutorial: go to How to Cut a Pomegranate.
  • Or, buy pomegranate seeds instead! Pomegranate seeds that are already removed are easy to find at your local grocery. The downside? They’re not as fresh, and they go bad quickly.
Pomegranate seeds

Only got pomegranate juice? Here’s a variation

Were you hoping for a pomegranate smoothie using store-bought pomegranate juice? You can do that too! Here’s what to do:

  • Substitute 1/3 cup pomegranate juice for the pomegranate seeds.
  • Consider using a frozen banana. This can help to make a thicker texture if you’re using juice and not seeds. But it works with room temperature banana as well!

Make it a vegan pomegranate smoothie

Want to make this pomegranate smoothie into a vegan smoothie? Here’s what to do:

  • Substitute the Greek yogurt with coconut milk. This works well with the texture! See also our Coconut Milk Smoothie.
  • Add back some protein! We love using Greek yogurt in smoothies because it’s packed with protein to keep you full. Here are some ideas for adding plant based protein: try 1 to 2 tablespoons cashew butter or almond butter or 2 tablespoons chia seeds.

We hope you enjoy this tasty way to enjoy this magic fruit: let us know what you think in the comments below!

Pomegranate smoothie

Pomegranate nutrition

There are lots of inflated claims around pomegranate nutrition. In fact, a popular pomegranate products company was hit with an FTC complaint around false advertising about reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease. That said, pomegranates are a very healthy fruit that’s part of a healthy diet! Here’s what we do know (source: Healthline):

  • Antioxidants: Pomegranates have lots of antioxidants: punicalagins and punicic acid, if you must know!
  • Vitamin C: 1 cup of seeds has 30% of your daily vitamin C.
  • Fiber: 1 cup of seeds has 7 grams fiber.
  • Other vitamins: Pomegranates are also a good source of vitamin E, folate, potassium, and vitamin K.
  • Sugar: Like most fruits, pomegranate does have sugar! 1 cup seeds has 24 grams sugar.

This pomegranate smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For plant-based, dairy-free and vegan, see the substitutes above.

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Pomegranate smoothie

Easy Pomegranate Smoothie


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large or 2 small
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This tasty pomegranate smoothie is one of the best ways to use those bright pink seeds! It’s loaded with flavor, nutrients, and protein.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds (cut and seed 1 pomegranate or buy 5 ounces seeds)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 banana (room temperature)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt*
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Place the pomegranate seeds in the blender and blend for a few seconds until mostly liquified. 
  2. Add the remaining ingredients in a blender, breaking the banana into pieces. Blend until creamy and frothy, stopping and scraping down the sides as necessary. 
  3. Eat immediately or store 1 day in a sealed jar; if it separates, shake to re-integrate it.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pomegranate smoothie

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Holiday Cheese Board

This post is sponsored by Kroger. The holidays are here and that means it’s time to party! Today, I am going to show you how to make a festive Holiday Cheese Board that will WOW your family and friends. It’s almost too pretty to eat and if …

This post is sponsored by Kroger. The holidays are here and that means it’s time to party! Today, I am going to show you how to make a festive Holiday Cheese Board that will WOW your family and friends. It’s almost too pretty to eat and if you want to be fancy, you can call…

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Shredded Citrus Brussels Sprouts Salad with Avocado and Pomegranate.

Our favorite citrus brussels sprouts salad is loaded with creamy avocado, sweet orange and tangy pomegranate. It’s ridiculously good! There’s crunch. There’s flavor! Tons of sweet and tart taste throughout. And it’s also super pretty on your table. It’s everything. This Thanksgiving side dish might be a little out of the comfort zone for some […]

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Our favorite citrus brussels sprouts salad is loaded with creamy avocado, sweet orange and tangy pomegranate.

shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad with avocado and pomegranate

It’s ridiculously good!

shredded brussels sprouts

There’s crunch.

There’s flavor!

Tons of sweet and tart taste throughout.

And it’s also super pretty on your table.

It’s everything.

shredded brussels sprouts with orange

This Thanksgiving side dish might be a little out of the comfort zone for some people, but it’s light and fresh and tangy and fruity and really oh-so good.

See, the thing is that I have plenty of savory, indulgent brussels sprouts recipes for Thanksgiving. My favorite is this insane brussels sprouts gratin. It is so rich and nutty and wonderful. 

But if you feel it’s just TOO rich against the rest of your Thanksgiving sides, I highly suggest something lighter like this. 

shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad with avocado and pomegranate

These brussels sprouts are shredded and quickly sauteed in some olive oil with garlic, salt and pepper. Also – a squeeze of fresh orange juice! It adds such wonderful flavor to the brussels, and that combined with cooking them in the skillet removes some of the bitterness. 

shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad with avocado and pomegranate

But my favorite part – of course – are the toppings. We’re in a major orange phase around here – Max takes an orange for his lunch everyday. The sweet, fresh segments pair wonderfully with the shredded brussels. They are a burst of bright flavor that makes the dish shine.

Next, the avocado!

As if this even needs explaining. The creamy, mild avocado flavor complements the crunchy brussels and the combination is wonderful together. 

The pomegranate arils add the prettiest jewel pop. I love them for how pretty they look on the salad, but I also enjoy eating them too. Tart, fruity bites that pop in your mouth. It’s perfect!

shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad with avocado and pomegranate

Finally, the only “dressing” we’re really using here is pomegranate molasses glaze. I love this one. It’s kind of like a balsamic, maybe with a hint more tartness and a the pomegranate flavor. I find that this is the perfect amount when combined with the olive oil and orange that we cook the brussels in. But if you feel like you want more dressing, add on your favorite or do a few spritzes of orange. 

shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad with avocado and pomegranate

If brussels aren’t your thing, here’s a few other incredible Thanksgiving salad ideas!

This nutty harvest honeycrisp salad is to die for. Incredible flavorful and everyone loves it.

This thanksgiving kale salad with cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette is also wonderful.

And this pomegranate halloumi greens salad is also perfection.

Which is your pick?!

shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad with avocado and pomegranate

Citrus Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Citrus Brussels Pomegranate Salad

This shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad is delicious! Topped with orange segments, avocado and pomegranate for the perfect flavor burst.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people as a side dish
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds brussels sprouts, stems removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 oranges, peeled and segmented
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • cup pomegranate arils
  • pomegranate glaze, for drizzling

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced brussels with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add in the garlic and stir. Cook, stirring often, until the brussels softened slightly. Add in the orange juice and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired.
  • Transfer the brussels to serving plate or dish. Toss with the orange segments, avocado and pomegranate seeds. Drizzled with pomegranate molasses or balsamic glaze. Serve immediately!

shredded citrus brussels sprouts salad with avocado and pomegranate

The best bite!

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Caramelized Onion, Apple and Brie Tart.

This apple brie tart is heavenly! Caramelly sweet onions, flaky, butter pastry, melty brie and pomegranate molasses makes this the most delish tart you could ever try! Oh hi! So this is the THIRD year in a row that I’ve photographed this recipe and it’s finally making it to the blog. How exciting! A few […]

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This apple brie tart is heavenly!

This apple brie tart starts with caramelized onions and puff pastry. It's topped with pomegranate molasses and juicy arils for an extra pop!

Caramelly sweet onions, flaky, butter pastry, melty brie and pomegranate molasses makes this the most delish tart you could ever try! (more…)

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Hot Pomegranate Cider.

Time to cuddle up with a mug of pomegranate cider! It’s spiced and fruity and warm and if you dollop it with whipped cream, you will be in HEAVEN. Okay so… embarrassingly enough, this is not the first time I have made a recipe after a candle. I mean, I have made many. Many many […]

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Time to cuddle up with a mug of pomegranate cider!

hot pomegranate cider with whipped cream

It’s spiced and fruity and warm and if you dollop it with whipped cream, you will be in HEAVEN.

pouring hot pomegranate cider in mug

Okay so… embarrassingly enough, this is not the first time I have made a recipe after a candle. I mean, I have made many. Many many many! 

Back in the day I was a crazy candle lady. I even worked retail at yankee candle part time when I quit my job to blog full time. Considering I just talked about my favorite fall candles, I guess that I could still be considered crazy. But trust me – the obsession? It’s nothing like it was before.

Anyway!

Waaaay back then, they had a pomegranate cider candle and I loveeed it so much. Like, almost more than apple cider. It was just incredible – spiced but sweet, not overly sweet, and all sorts of fall feels. It smelled good enough to eat.

hot pomegranate cider with dried apple slices

So here we are a decade later and I still can’t stop thinking about pomegranate cider. I’ve made a few pomegranate + apple cider drinks in the past, like these pomegranate cider mimosas and this sparkling pomegranate cider punch mocktail.

But! I wanted to do a hot version. Like warm, cozy apple cider, but pomegranate. Infused with brown sugar and spices and maybe even served with a dollop of whipped cream. Sounds amazing, right?! Head over to my instagram to see me make this step-by-step for you. 

hot pomegranate cider

Heaven knows we all need some coziness right now! 

hot pomegranate cider

This cider simmers on the stove just like apple cider or mulled wine – it makes your house smell incredible. Simmer for a few minutes then pour into a glass and serve while it’s piping hot. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, or a dollop of whipped cream or a shake of cinnamon.

And if you’re really feeling it, add a drop of bourbon or rum. Ahhhh.

hot pomegranate cider with whipped cream

Pomegranate Cider

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Pomegranate Cider

This homemade pomegranate cider recipe is perfect for cool, cozy nights. Spiced to perfection, serve topped with whipped cream and cinnamon.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces pomegranate juice, use 100% juice, not a cocktail
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 orange, freshly juiced (about ½ cup)
  • orange rind, from the orange above
  • for serving: whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate arils

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, combine the juice, water, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, star anise, orange juice and orange rind. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Uncover and taste. If it’s too tart and not sweet enough, whisk in a bit more sugar, about ¼ cup, and simmer for a few more minutes.
  • Strain out the cinnamon sticks, anise and orange rind. Ladle into mugs. If desired, serve with whipped cream and cinnamon sticks!

hot pomegranate cider

I can feel the warmth.

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The Righteousness of Pomegranate on Rosh Hashanah

Apples and honey may be the ingredients most commonly associated with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year celebration—they bid sweet tidings for the coming months. Indeed, every year, as summer draws to a close (on the first day of the seventh month in …

Apples and honey may be the ingredients most commonly associated with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year celebration—they bid sweet tidings for the coming months. Indeed, every year, as summer draws to a close (on the first day of the seventh month in the Hebrew calendar), my family drizzles honey on pillowy challah and slices into sugar-dusted apple cake.

But pomegranate is just as significant.

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Making Homemade Pomegranate Molasses Is Easy As 1, 2, 3

My grocery store, smack-dab in the middle of Nowheresville, N.Y., is sparse, to say the least. It’s the kind of place where discovering a head of radicchio is akin to winning the vegetable lottery.
The condiment aisle can be equally maddening: A jar o…

My grocery store, smack-dab in the middle of Nowheresville, N.Y., is sparse, to say the least. It’s the kind of place where discovering a head of radicchio is akin to winning the vegetable lottery.

The condiment aisle can be equally maddening: A jar of harissa is there one week and gone the next. There are either three kinds of tahini or none at all. And finding pomegranate molasses? Forget it.

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Pomegranate Lime Chia Fresca Recipe

If you’ve never seen chia drinks in stores, you’re probably giving me the side-eye right now. (Well, as much as you can give a blogger the side-eye—I can’t see it, but I know it’s happening!) But really, this is a thing! The fir…

If you’ve never seen chia drinks in stores, you’re probably giving me the side-eye right now. (Well, as much as you can give a blogger the side-eye—I can’t see it, but I know it’s happening!) But really, this is a thing! The first time I saw a bottle of juice with chia seeds in it, I assumed that: a) It would be disgusting. b) I would choke on it. c) It was hippie food. Maybe the last one is true, but it’s not disgusting and I didn’t choke on it. When hydrated, the outer layer of chia seeds becomes gelatinous. This gel-like coating means that chia seeds go down easy so no, this isn’t like drinking a glass full of poppy seeds. Chia drinks (also called chia fresca or iskiate) kind of have the consistency of softened Jello, a bonus for me, since I don’t eat Jello. And in a drink, the seeds don’t really impart a flavor because you’re not chewing on them, so you taste the flavor of the juice and nothing more. Chia seeds are little nutritional dynamos too—they’re high in Omega-3s, antioxidants, and fiber, and unlike other seeds, they don’t need to be ground in order […]