Can a salad really be comfort food? I think that my warm pomegranate dressing over spinach salad is the healthier version of winter comfort food!
Homemade salad dressing is so easy to make. And most of the time, we likely already have the needed ingredients in our pantries. I love experimenting with different flavors, and when the weather cools down, I enjoy coming up with warm salad dressings. I think of them as a healthier winter comfort food. My new favorite to make is my warm pomegranate dressing. I add honey and Dijon-style mustard to give it a little sweet and spice and then serve it over spinach salad.
Naturally, the dressing can also be served cold. But it’s so yummy when it’s warm, especially over the crunchy bacon I add to the salad. You can even add some fresh pomegranate seeds for extra taste and beauty.
I cook the juice with some honey and sugar for a few minutes before I add the rest of the ingredients. Then I whisk in the spices and olive oil. I drizzle the olive oil in very slowly while whisking vigorously with my other hand. This helps the dressing to emulsify (or come together) so that it won’t separate when it sits. It also gives you a thicker, creamier consistency.
There are so many toppings that can be added to this salad. Customize it to what you and your family enjoy. Sometimes I add blue cheese or croutons. I even like it with pecans and walnuts. No matter how you make your salad, I think you will enjoy the taste of the sweet and spicy pomegranate dressing!