Citrus-based salads are so refreshing, and lighten up any meal. This salad was the answer to the dozens of mandarin oranges I had gathered off the tree in my yard. You could substitute regular oranges as well. The mandarins, avocado, and pomegranate seeds are nicely complimented by a dressing of lavender, thyme, and honey.
There’s just something about breaking apart a fresh pomegranate with your hands, scooping out the seeds, and scattering them over a dish. The fruit automatically lightens the dish bringing a burst of freshness both in the form of taste and appearance. To learn how to effectively gather the seeds of a pomegranate see this description from Italian Dish.
- 8 to 10 mandarin oranges
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped lavender
- salt to taste
Peel the skins off the oranges and arrange the segments on the bottom of a serving bowl. Place the sliced avocado and pomegranate seeds on top of the oranges. Whisk together the rest of the ingredients and pour over the salad.
Serves 4 as a side dish