November 23, 2010

Rye, Kale and Pomegranate Salad

It's Thanksgiving week! Well, I don't actually celebrate Thanksgiving, but I am aware it's taking place this week and of course how could I have missed all those Thanksgiving recipes everywhere? I wasn't thinking of Thanksgiving when starting to make this salad, however, but the gorgeous colours of the ingredients instantly made me think this would make a nice dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

It's a rather surprising combination of flavours, but somehow together they create a perfect balance and quite an exciting texture for this simple dish. I am really embracing the rye grain, it brings such a nice change to rice and other pantry staples, and is so wholesome and nutritious.

Rye, Kale and Pomegranate Salad

1,5 cups raw rye grain
small bunch kale, washed and stems and ribs cut off
1/2 pomegranate, seeds recovered
few sprigs of lemon thyme
1 tbsp pomegranate balsamic
1 tbsp lemon extra-virgin olive oil


2 tbsp lemon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp dry mustard
pinch of salt
freshly ground black pepper

Place the rye in a medium saucepan, cover with water and bring to boil. Simmer (adding water if needed) until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and place in a large bowl to cool.

Steam the kale leaves for a couple of minutes and chop coarsely.

Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and pour onto the rye. Mix well to combine. Add the kale, pomegranate and the lemon thyme, as well as the balsamic and lemon olive oil. Toss well to combine and serve warm as a wholesome salad or as a side dish.

Happy Thanksgiving!



  1. Yes, great idea, thanks! I have a pomegranate at home and didn't know what to do with it till now. And maybe substitute the rye grain with quinoa? It's all good.

  2. While I'm not one to celebrate American holidays, this has to be the most stunning salad I've seen for ages! Maria it's beautiful!

  3. Your salad is definitely festive! I used to celebrate thanksgiving in the Philippines but much less here in Australia - but then again, everyday we should give thanks. Beautiful salad to commemorate the day.

  4. Oh, I just saw this salad somewhere last week and was thinking the same! The colours are so beautiful that I must try it! However I didn't bookmark the recipe, so I'm really glad you share the recipe with us! Thank you!

  5. Hi Maria,

    What an interesting combinations! Photos are fabulous as usual :)

  6. That looks amazing! I love all the colors in it. I recently read a a good review for steamed kale on, unfortunately I am not much of a steamed veggie fan, but this looks like it is a lot more my taste!

  7. Boy, that's a beautiful-looking salad. You might as well celebrate thanksgiving with that! A good excuse to eat more of it!

  8. Kale and pomegranates in the same dish?! I must try.

    You always have suck lovely recipes.

  9. Wow, what a great salad...not only SO pretty but sure looks SO tasty :-)

  10. Such a lovely salad, and I agree, it would be a perfect addition to a holiday feast!

  11. I just discovered your blog yesterday and LOVE it so much. I can't wait to make so many of your recipes, my first one will be the avocado and walnut bread.

    This one looks delicious too! For this recipe I wonder if kamut or spelt berries would taste good.


  12. I love how the pomegranate makes this dish so festive. I've had one on the counter for a number of days just looking at me and waiting for me to do something creative with it. This recipe looks like something right up my alley, can't wait to give it a try in hopes the kids with take a bite or two!

  13. Perfect dish for the Aussie Christmas =) Such beautiful colours for a salad.

  14. What a lovely dish for Christmas!! I love the pomegranate!

  15. Oh Maria! This salad looks so healthful and delicious. I love how you often use rye in your recipes. I've heard it's so beneficial in terms of fiber and blood sugar. I need to get some, so I can make something like this...Yum!

  16. This looks amazing. I wonder if it would be as good with barley. I have that on hand along with the kale!


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