Caramelized Pumpkin seeds, Pears, and Pomegranate Salad

Posted by in Recipes on Sep 19, 2012 . .
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Cart Butternut Squash Seed Oil
  • 1 cup raw pumpkinseeds
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Cart pomegranate balsamic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup Olive Cart Organic Olive Oil
  • 1 small pomegranate
  • 1 large head Romaine lettuce, washed and dried
  • 2 small shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 large Bosc pears, sliced
  • 4 ounces pecorino cheese, sliced

Heat the 1 teaspoon Olive Cart Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil over high heat for 1 minute in a medium nonstick skillet. Add the pumpkinseeds and toss in the pan until the seeds are popping and browning, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the brown sugar, tossing continuously until seeds are coated with melted sugar (careful—it will burn easily). Quickly mix in chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, and salt, then spread the mixture on a plate to cool. Let cool completely and store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week until ready to use.

In a food processor, mince the garlic and mint (if using). Add the pomegranate juice concentrate, lemon juice, honey, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pulse to mix. With the machine running, gradually drizzle in the 1/4 cup Olive Cart Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Set the dressing aside.

Cut through the skin of the pomegranate from stem to tip, dividing the fruit in quarters. Hold it over a bowl and pull apart the sections, then tear apart the pieces, gently freeing the seeds. Slice across the Romaine leaves into 1/2-inch-wide strips. Arrange the greens on plates or in a large bowl. Top with the shallots, pears, and cheese. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and top with pomegranate seeds and pumpkinseeds. Serve immediately.

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