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Monday, January 16, 2012

Brussels Sprouts Salad w Walnuts, Zataar & Pomegranate Seeds

A couple of nights ago I discovered an amazing foodblog through tastespotting when I was looking for creative recipes for cooking pomegranates. Yes, I have too many in my fridge and I am using them unashamedly on both savory and sweet dishes. No worries, I love them to bits, but it's always exciting to discover new recipes and combinations. I must say I have never paired brussels sprouts with pomegranates and the idea appealed to me instantly. It was love at first sight *site*. :) so when I saw fresh sprouts on display @ the supermarket, my mind went  back to Laura's recipe. 

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Walnuts, Zataar & Pomegranate

adapted from The First Mess

Type of cuisine: Vegetarian/Low Fat

I used the main ingredients (sprouts and pomegranates) from the original recipe, I added walnuts instead of hazel nuts, and spiced it up with my beloved (home made) zataar. 

home made zataar

The result was equally delicious. 



250 gr of fresh brussels sprouts

a handful of pomegranate seeds

a handful of hydrated walnuts (soaked in water for a couple of hours)

extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp cumin

a pinch of salt

1 tbs of zataar

lime juice


For best results, I would say that you have to use fresh sprouts for this salad.
 Peel the sprouts, rinse them in cold water then blanch them in salty water for less than 5 minutes & drain.
Soak the walnuts in cold water and seed the pomegranate
In a large bowl mix the sprouts, walnuts, and pomegranates. Season with extra virgin olive oilsalt, cumin, lime juice and zataar. Mix lightly by tossing the bowl. I used a wok because it is large enough to avoid breaking the seeds. 

This must be one of the most surprising combinations I have tasted so far, it's fresh, crunchy, almost raw, low fat & awfully healthy. Who said vegetarian is all about beans and tofu? :)

It goes well with rosemary potatoes and chicken marinated in garlic, lime & coriander


  1. Would love to know how you make your homemade za'atar! :)

  2. it's very easy, really. I have been meaning to write a post on zataar but basically you mix the following herbs and spices: roast coriander seeds + sesame seeds + cumin seeds with oregano, sumac, thyme, and salt. It is delicious on tamis/flat Arab bread and yoghurt.

  3. PS. No, better toast them. :) xx