JAN
11

Pomegranate Salsa a Seasonal Salsa Recipe for Winter [Giveaway]

Appetizers and Snacks, Healthy Eating, Seasonal Recipes, Winter Recipes | 92 comments

Homemade salsa is one of my favorite snacks. But how do you make tasty homemade salsa in the winter?  

My mind was wandering the produce aisle looking for a wintery red substitute for tomatoes. And there was my aha! moment. Pomegranates.

Their rich red color seemed and excellent substitute for tomatoes.  I would create a pomegranate salsa recipe.

Recipe for Pomegranate Salsa

Have you ever though of using a pomegranate for salsa?

I usually just eat a pomegranate by removing all of the arils and placing them into a bowl. Then I enjoy scooping them up with a spoon and eating bite after bite of juicy goodness.

Sometimes I add them to a bowl of yogurt and granola, to a salad, like this Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad, or I use the juice to make Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider.

But I have definitely never tried pomegranates in salsa before.

How to Make Pomegranate Salsa

Pomegranates are a particularly attractive winter produce to me.

Not only because the pomegranate fruit makes me forget we are in the midst of winter with it’s bright juicy arils, but also for their amazing health benefits.

The Health Benefits of Pomegranates

  • Source of many essential nutrients, such as: Vitamins C and K, fiber, folate, copper, phosphorous, and potassium.
  • Powerful antioxidants; they offer anti-cancer , alzheimer prevention, and cardiovascular health benefits – may improve healthy cell survival, induce cancer cell death, and prevent tumor growth. (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, January 2005)
  • Contain Anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties encourage radiant, youthful skin when incorporate into skin care products.

Pomegranates are obviously the star of the show in this recipe, but this winter salsa recipe also boasts cilantro, jalapeño for a little heat (adjust it to your liking), red onion, a hint of lime, and diced cucumber.

It kind of looks a little bit like Christmas salsa with all the red and green. And it tastes even better than it looks.

Recipe for Pomegranate Salsa - Winter Salsa

Now, I know cucumbers aren’t in season, but they are a vegetable that doesn’t seem to have as degraded quality during the off season and their flavor is a great match for that of pomegranates.

If, however, you want to keep things even more true to winter, you can omit the cucumber completely or try substituting diced celery or fennel for some color contrast.

Recipe Preparation Tips:

  • For super quick preparation, try POM Wonderful’s ready to serve POM POM Fresh Arils.
  • Serve scooped and eaten with chips, on top of a plate of greens for a tasty salad, over grilled meat or fish as a relish, or tossed your favorite grain, such as quinoa, for a side dish.

What is your favorite way to eat a pomegranate?

Giveaway:

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Pomegranate Winter Salsa

Yield: about 4 cups

Prep Time: 10 - 15 minutes

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Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups pomegranate arils
1 1/3 cup diced cucumber - seeds removed
1 - 3 jalapeños, seeds removed and minced
1/4 - 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
1/3 cup diced red onion
squeeze of half a lime

Directions:

Combine all of the prepared ingredients in a bowl, starting with using only 1 jalapeño. Stir to combine. Test for heat preference and add additional jalapeño if desired.

Notes:

Choose your Heat Preference:

  • 1 jalapeño = mild salsa
  • 2 jalapeños = medium salsa
  • 3 jalapeños = hot salsa

Tip for Dicing Cucumbers:
Cut cucumbers down the middle lengthwise. Scrape out all of the seeds and discard. Then, dice the remaining cucumber.




Disclosure: POM Wonderful has compensated for my time and provided coupons for POM POM Fresh Arils to create my recipe. However, all experiences contained in this post are my honest opinion.

Katie Goodman

About the Author:

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
    PJ Marszalek - January 11, 2013 @ 5:50 am

    I like to eat pomegranates on top of a salad! They are yummy and have so many health benefits. Katie, this salsa looks and sounds delish! I am going to make some very soon.

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    Annie - January 11, 2013 @ 6:10 am

    I was already intrigued by the idea of a pomegranate winter salsa. Then I saw the jalapeños and I knew this was the recipe for me. Definitely going to give it a try soon! And hopefully it’ll be by new favorite way to eat pomegranate.

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    Kelly - January 11, 2013 @ 7:06 am

    I’m pretty boring. I love to just sit on the couch (encased in towels and an apron!) and pick the arils out one by one. It’s satisfying, and makes me appreciate each seed all the more!

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    Sarah S. - January 11, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    I think that I mainly eat them by themselves. But, I started putting them in overnight oats – and it’s amazing!

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    Trezlen - January 11, 2013 @ 7:33 am

    I like to eat them plain: score and quarter the flesh and eat the arils by the mouthful.

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven - January 11, 2013 @ 7:39 am

    Beautiful! I love any excuse to break out a pomegranate in the winter. This sounds wonderful!

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    Liz - January 11, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    In a salad! YUM!

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    vaishali - January 11, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    As such…by spoonfuls…love poms!

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    Sarah L - January 11, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    I love to eat pomegranate arils in fruit salad. They’re especially delicious over yogurt. My current favorite way to eat pomegranates is in a warm Brussels sprouts salad.

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    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — January 13th, 2013 @ 10:28 PM

      We love roasted Brussels sprouts. I can only imagine how tasty they would be tossed with pomegranate!

  • 10
    sara - January 11, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    I love pomegranates with chocolate cake!

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    Liz - January 11, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    I love them plain, just as they are! I cut the pomegranate in half and then carefully tear off each section as I eat it. SO good!

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    Kat - January 11, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    I love to have pomegranates with my daily yogurt. This salsa looks great, going grocery shopping today and will buy everything so I can make this. Thanks for the recipe and giveaway.

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  • 13
    MaryB - January 11, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    In salads and in plain greek yogurt.

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  • 14
    Allison - January 11, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    I love pomegranates in my winter breakfast crisp with baked pears. Yum!

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  • 15
    Krissa - January 11, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    This salsa recipe sounds so intriguing. I love pomegranates just on their own too!

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  • 16
    Laura F. - January 11, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

    I love pomegranates plain (and pretty much any other way, also). I think I might give the salsa a try!

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    Dawn Klein - January 11, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    We like to just eat the arils plain! Or as part of a Winter Fruit Salad http://greenthyme.blogspot.com/2011/12/winter-fruit-salad.html

    We made the salad for Thanksgiving and it was delcious!

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  • 18
    The Peace Patch - January 11, 2013 @ 11:51 pm

    I love them on top of chocolate brandied pudding. :)

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  • 19
    Lana - January 12, 2013 @ 12:53 am

    wow, sounds amazing. I love pomegranates in salads. But I might end up liking this way more.

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  • 20
    Amy Tong - January 12, 2013 @ 1:40 am

    My favorite way to eat pomegranates is adding them into a granola yogurt parfait. It add so much crunch and freshness. :)

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  • 21
    The Ninja Baker - January 12, 2013 @ 4:03 am

    Quite frankly, Katie, the pomegranate has never caught my eye until now. Upon reading your post, I feel inspired to whip up a bowl of salsa. Thank you!

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  • 22
    barbara n - January 12, 2013 @ 6:09 am

    I love to put pomegranate arils on my spinach salad with goat cheese

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  • 23
    April V - January 12, 2013 @ 6:12 am

    I have NEVER eaten a pomegranate before!!! (I KNOW!) I love the POM juice though!!

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  • 24
    Katie - January 12, 2013 @ 6:13 am

    On a salad.

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    Lora W. - January 12, 2013 @ 6:18 am

    I like to eat pomegranates straight from the fruit. It reminds me of when I was little and my mom would open them for me and I would sit contentedly digging out the wonderful little nuggets.

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    saniel - January 12, 2013 @ 6:23 am

    i like them right out the packing. i snack on them in the car on the way home from the grocery store. thanks

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    Melissa Frances - January 12, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    I love them just plain…but i love the POM juice omg
    yummy

    thanks for an opportunity to win!

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    Jessie C. - January 12, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    I like them in juice or with Greek yogurt

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    Anne - January 12, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    My favorite way to eat pomegranates is to sneak-eat the delicious little arils when I’m supposed to be putting them on a salad.

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    Natalie S - January 12, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    I love eating pomegranates over vanilla ice cream!

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    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — January 13th, 2013 @ 10:26 PM

      That sounds great! I have not tried that before. Kind of balances out the indulgence of ice cream a little when paired with pomegranate!

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    keshakeke - January 12, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    I like to eat pomegranate on a Spinach Salad

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  • 32
    Elena - January 12, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    with greek yogurt

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    Andrea D. - January 12, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    I love to eat them by the handful. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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  • 34
    Tanya Phillips - January 12, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    I just like to pop them out and eat them plain :D

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  • 35
    Jen W. - January 12, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    I like just eating the seeds straight up.

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    Evelyn R - January 12, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

    In a salad or just plain

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    Kathy G - January 13, 2013 @ 5:00 am

    <3 the color and texture they bring to a winter salad. Can't wait to try the salsa.

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  • 38
    Brandie - January 13, 2013 @ 6:14 am

    Pomegranate Glazed Salmon

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    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — January 13th, 2013 @ 10:25 PM

      Hi Brandie – will you please share your recipe for pomegranate glazed salmon? sounds tasty!

    • Brandie replied: — January 14th, 2013 @ 6:05 AM

      I use this recipe from Bridget at the Way the Cookie Crumbles:
      http://www.crumblycookie.net/2010/10/28/pomegranate-glazed-salmon/

      The only changes I make to the recipe are, I sprinkle some pomegranate seeds on top when its finished. You may also have to adjust the broiling times depending on the thickness of your salmon. I find the 6 minutes is never long enough for the salmon I buy.

  • 39
    Katharine - January 13, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    In a salad, mixed in greek yogurt or just plain!

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    Sharon L. - January 13, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    I’ve only had them juiced.

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    Janet - January 13, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    I have never eaten a pomegranate before so I thank you for the recipe. I almost picked the arils up last week at Sam’s Club so maybe next week I will reconsider them for this recipe.

    Have a beautiful day!

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  • 42
    Debbie Welchert - January 13, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    I have never tried them until I started feeding them to my parrot. So I tried them and loved them. So far I just eat them plain.

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  • 43
    Tabathia B - January 13, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    usually in a salad

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  • 44
    ellen beck - January 13, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    I love pom juice and my favorite way is actually plain!

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    Laura - January 13, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

    I have never eaten a pomegranate….but i love love love POM juice!

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    Alison @ Ingredients Inc. - January 13, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    looks amazing Katie

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    Anna - January 13, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

    The picture alone was enough for me to try this recipe. It’s just so colorful. This is a great recipe for a girls nite. I’m already trying to think of other ways to use the salsa.

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  • 48
    Anna - January 13, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

    Great recipe! Would be good for girls nite. I’m glad I tried it.

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    Lillian - January 13, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    mixed in with quinoa! I like to make quinoa with lemon juice/lemon zest, spinach and then once cookced add pomengranate seeds and goat cheese on top. So colorful and deliciosu…Looks like christmas :)

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    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — January 13th, 2013 @ 10:12 PM

      That sounds delicious and great for lunch!

  • 50
    Lori H - January 14, 2013 @ 6:03 am

    On salads! Green salads or grain salads.

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  • 51
    Heather N. - January 14, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    All by their delicious self but usually my kiddos gobble them up before I get any!

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    betsy ray - January 14, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    i eat them in a salad sometimes i put in a smoothie i love them

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  • 53
    Linda F - January 14, 2013 @ 11:48 am

    I like to eat them alone or mixed with cereal.

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    Laura - January 14, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    I like the arils in a broccoli salad or mixed into any salad really; also like them in a yogurt parfait or just plain as a snack.

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  • 55
    Linda Howard - January 14, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    Our family drinks pomegranate juice every day, but we love to add the seeds to our morning cereal, also.

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    Mary - January 14, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    My whole family loves Pomengranted. I make jelly using POM juice! They are especially good on home-made scones.

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    • Noelle replied: — January 20th, 2013 @ 4:22 PM

      Ooh, that sounds really good!

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    Ash - January 14, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    I LOVE them in my oatmeal! <3

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    Amy - January 14, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    For some reason I eat them with my fingers, which is kind of messy but then I have them longer than if I were scooping them up with a spoon. :)

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  • 59
    Ruth Smither - January 14, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    I like the arils in plain Greek yogurt. Yummy!

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    Jessica - January 14, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

    I love them on a salad!

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  • 61
    Amanda - January 14, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous Katie!! I am dying to get some POM now!

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  • 62
    Gianna - January 14, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    Taking them all out, putting them in a bowl and eating them with a spoon!

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  • 63
    Katherine C. - January 14, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    I like to eat them by the handful! <3

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    Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book - January 14, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

    I love the idea of replacing tomatoes with pomegranates! i just started juicing them with carrots and apples. but my favorite way to eat pomegranates is in salad with roasted chestnuts, feta, and spinach (perfect winter salad)!

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    Eugenie - January 14, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

    Just by itself

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    Rust - January 15, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    I love them all by themselves.

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    Amy L - January 15, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    I like to dring the juice.

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    Howell - January 15, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    I like them on salads or in oatmeal.

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    Staci A - January 15, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    I love mixing them in to fruit salad with melon,kiwi, and grapes.

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    Sandy - January 16, 2013 @ 1:11 am

    I have only tried the juice, never the fruit itself.

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    samW - January 16, 2013 @ 4:47 am

    the only way I’ve had them is plain….

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    TK - January 16, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    I love them by themselves and tossed in a salad

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    aida mollenkamp - January 16, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    Katie – Happy 2013! This photo is gorgeous and the salad sounds fabulous!

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    Meryl - January 16, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    One of my favorite fruits! I like to eat them out of hand.

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    Louis - January 16, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

    Au naturel!

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    Jenny - January 16, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

    I remember a rich braise of chicken and pomegranate sauce I once had in a Persian restaurant. The waiter’s eyes were deep brown and mischievous…

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    Christina - January 18, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    Up until now, I just liked to eat them by then handful. this salsa recipe might be my new favorite way!

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    Heather - January 18, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    Fresh arils atop yogurt.

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    Noelle - January 20, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    Wow, I’m pretty new to Pomegranates, besides drinking the juice. I am looking for new ways to use them, and I can’t wait to try this salsa recipe. It looks like a wonderful Winter treat!

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    Kristin - January 21, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    I love them mixed into guacamole!

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    Marisa - January 21, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    Delicious!! Everyone who ate it yesterday LOVED it!

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    Missy M - January 21, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    Straight with my 5 year old!

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    Kristin - January 22, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    I love it on oatmeal!

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    Anne W. - January 22, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

    I eat them with greek yogurt!

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    KarenDF - February 05, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    My first visit to your site … beautiful recipe! Your salsa would be heavenly on fish tacos)!!! I look forward to making it exactly as you’ve written it. However, for now, I have to make two substitutions (tons of celery & a big jar of tamed jalapeño slices (in my fridge that need to be used up) instead of cucumber & fresh jalapeño). Hmmm … I was going to try a naan flatbread recipe tonight to go with rotisserie chicken leftovers & spinach for wrapping … this salsa may be yummy with it.

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    KarenDF - February 05, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

    How do I eat pom: plain from a bowl with a spoon after getting them out of the fruit, in spinach salad with chopped pecans or almonds (similar to my strawberry spinach salad) or tossed in roast veggies like broccoli with chopped nuts & a little honey. I juice or make smoothies at least 4 days a week; but, I just don’t have the heart to do that to my pom … I MUST take the seeds out by hand & eat them whole … SO yummy.
    Pomegranate is likely delicious with poultry (like the tartness of cranberry sauce with turkey at Thanksgiving). We’ll see tonight. :-)

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