California Central Coast Recipes

Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a very light fruity vinaigrette we like to use on grilled vegetables like Grilled Zucchini and Pom. We like to keep the vinaigrette very "soft" and slightly sweet, so we use fresh pomegranate juice, fennel seed, just a little white wine vinegar for acidity sparkle and a mild extra virgin olive oil like an Arbequina.

There is no garlic in this recipe, so it is very evening friendly if you are going out later. Still, for that little extra kick and to keep things interesting, we do add a dash of cayenne! ©2017, Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Preparation time: 15 minutes
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1 medium Pomegranate
1/8 cup White Wine Vinegar
1/4 cup Mild Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/8 teaspoons Sea Salt
1/4 teaspoons Fennel Seed , preferable whole and freshly ground
A few grinds black pepper or to taste
A Dash of Cayenne Pepper or to taste.

Preparation Directions.

1 If you are using whole fennel seed, in a motor and pistol, crush and grind the seeds to a power.

2 Cut the pomegranate at the base, and break it apart. Remove the seed from the pomegranate and place in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few minutes to juice the seeds. Strain the juice into a bowl -a fine mesh strainer works well.

3 Add the white wine, salt, olive oil, fennel seed, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Using a whisk, beat until all ingredients are combined. Taste and correct the seasoning.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a good dressing choice for grilled vegetables and light salad greens. The low acidity and sweetness complement and will not mask the flavor of the underlying dish.

A tip from Sue!

Mark perishable ingredients

When ever you bring home a brand new spice, oil, vinegar, flour, sugar or other perishable ingredient, mark the bottle/container with the day’s date with a felt tip pen. Most "permanent markers" will write on just about any container.

That way if you don’t use it very much, but it’s been opened, you know how fresh it is. For an important meal don’t “submarine yourself” by using past expiration ingredients that have long lost their fresh taste and flavor.