Lettuce with Oranges, Fennel and Pomegranate

Christmas Recipes, Healthy Eating, Seasonal Recipes, Side Dish, Side Salads, Winter Recipes | 21 comments

Our Christmas vacation was different than expected, though actually truly enjoyable. I feel like there was a good balance between doing nothing and accomplishing something. I stayed offline almost the entire time and it was certainly a nice break from the day-to-day blogging routine.

winter pomegranate salad

We watched movies, stayed in our PJs, tackled lots of chores – Eric busy painting the parts of the house that hadn’t been done and touching up boo-boos made by the kids, Logan and I going through closets and doing a major de-junking of the house. The house feels so uncluttered and great now.

The part that was different than I expected was the food. I had envisioned us cooking and baking up a storm over the break from school and work, but I wasn’t really much in the mood to cook once our vacation started.

I think partly because we didn’t have company. I ended up not even making our Christmas dinner. We were all too stuffed from eating Christmas goodies all day long that a big meal didn’t sound good to us.

pomegranate orange and fennel salad recipe

Instead we ate the meal originally planned for Christmas on New Years Day. It was nice in a way because by then we had gotten most of our work done and could enjoy a nice dinner. We had this Winter Salad with Oranges, Fennel, and Pomegranates as part of that meal. (You might recognize a version of this salad in photos along side Chicken Marsala)

I’ve always had a hard time with salads in the winter. Or really, produce in general during the winter. I love fruits and vegetables but the varieties are so much more limited. I’m trying to embrace what winter has to offer and figure out creative and different dishes that feature those offerings.

This Pomegranate, Orange and Fennel salad is one of my new favorites. It tastes so bright and un-winter-y during this time of year.

What are your favorite un-winter-y winter dishes to eat?

Winter Salad with Oranges, Fennel and Pomegranate

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For the Salad:
1 head butter or romaine lettuce
3-4 medium oranges
1 large pomegranate, arils removed
1 medium to large fennel bulb, thinly sliced

For the Dressing:
1 tablespoon white balsamic or white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
pinch sugar


Wash, dry, and tear the lettuce into bite sized pieces. Set aside.

Remove the peel and pith from the orange by cutting the top and bottom off, and then cutting away the remaining peel around the middle portion. Cut the orange into sections or into rounds.

Salad may be prepared in a large glass bowl, platter, or on individual serving plates. Layer the salad as follows: lettuce, fennel slices, orange, lettuce fennel, orange - repeating until all of these three ingredients have been used. Top with pomegranate arils.

To prepare the dressing, whisk the vinegar, juice, oil, salt, pepper, and sugar together. Serve along side the salad.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Estela @ Weekly Bite - January 03, 2011 @ 8:44 am

    This looks so refreshing! Perfect for the new year :)


  • 2
    Liz @ Blog is the New Black - January 03, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    I love ANYTHING with poms- looks refreshingly delish!


  • 3
    Sandra Estrada - January 03, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    Awesome! Thank you for the “healthy eats” :)


  • 4
    naomi - January 03, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    Beautiful salad! I love the flavors and the colors of it.


  • 5
    Amy | She Wears Many Hats - January 03, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    A yummy start to the new year. So refreshing!


  • 6
    Lauren from Lauren's Latest - January 03, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    Beautiful salad and great photos. I’m on a health kick, so I’ll be trying this out! I LOVE butter lettuce.


  • 7
    Dole Nutrition Insitute - January 03, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    Looks spectacular Katie! We LOVE adding fennel to salads.


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    Vivek Surti @ Vivek's Epicurean Adventures - January 03, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    This recipe looks great!

    My favorite un-wintery winter dishes are lettuce wraps! Usually when I make some braised meat, then I heat up the leftovers and put them in butter lettuce cups or romaine leaves, top them with a crunchy vegetable salad, roll them up and eat!

    It’s a great fresh way to eat and is also a bit healthier and more unique than making a sandwich with your leftovers.


  • 9
    Lisa@Smart Food & Fit - January 04, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    I agree with everyone the salad looks so refreshing. I love adding pomegranate to my salads, it gives it a nice texture!


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    HappyWhenNotHungry - January 04, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    This looks so fresh and healthy! Thanks for sharing!


  • 11
    Delishhh - January 04, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    Oh so refreshing and nice looking. Great idea for Christmas Eve. We do a smorgasbord so folks can choose to do a light or heavy meal. Always lots of choices. Happy New Year!


  • 12
    Dana - January 04, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    Beautiful Katie. Whenever I make Mexican food, I make a salad with spinach, shaved fennel, grapefruit, and oil cured black olives. Although the ingredients are winter-y, it doesn’t taste like it. Happy new year to you and your family!


  • 13
    dt - January 05, 2011 @ 5:48 am

    What a lovely salad this is! The colors are so appetizing! Thanks for sharing !


  • 14
    Sues - January 05, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    I love fennel and especially in combination with citrus! This salad looks absolutely delightful and SO pretty :)


  • 15
    wgfoodie - January 05, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

    What a wonderful recipe! Your pictures are beautiful as well.


  • 16
    Miss - January 05, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    Beautiful salad it must be insanely delicious! Awesome photo too.


  • 17
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - January 05, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    This salad looks absolutely stunning, and I’m sure it’s delicious. I love fennel and orange.


  • 18
    Cathy @ What Would Cathy Eat - January 07, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    Always looking for heart-healthy salads. Love that there is no cheese in this!


  • 19
    Erica - January 10, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    I found your wonderful recipe on TasteSpotting, and I made it for my family last night. It was wonderful! I omitted the fennel because my husband does not care for it (I love it though, so I might have to add it next time). My five year old daughter adored the pomegranate and kept asking for more:) Thank you for sharing this recipe:) I will be making it again.


  • 20
    Heather - January 11, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    What a lovely, light, refreshing salad. Perfect for these post-holiday weeks.


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - January 15, 2011 @ 4:36 am

    Juicy oranges and crispy and crunchy fennel are always good together, really refreshing. Sometimes I make a similar salad with oranges, endive and black olives, I’ll have to try it with the romaine lettuce next time instead.


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