When I was little, on holidays, my mom would always serve a salad made with Red Grapefruit and Pomegranate. I am not kidding at all when I tell you no one; NO ONE liked this salad except, maybe my mom. She would have us open the pomegranates and get all the little dastardly seeds out. Then, we had to peel the grapefruit and get all the membranes off the sections. There was no easy way out. We didn’t buy pre-peeled grapefruit. It was not fun working so hard to make something to eat that you couldn’t stand eating.
Fast forward a few years and thanks to a friend on Facebook, I have learned that there is a very fast way to get the seeds out of your pomegranates. Here is a short video. It isn’t the same one my friend posted. In that one, the guy droned on and on about his brilliance. Blah blah blah blah blah. This video shows the same technique but it’s only 57 seconds. Essentially, cut the pomegranate in half, and working with one half at a time, stretch it out and whack it with a spoon til all the seeds pop out! Genius!
And now, since I am now a much less fussy eater and I happen to like grapefruit and pomegranate, I find myself wanting to make my mom’s salad. No recipe for this one. It’s a salad. I used Dole Grapefruit that someone else peeled and pulled the membrane off. I did get the seeds out of the pomegranate on my own. I had to see if it worked. It was very fast! I was so happy! Use as much of each ingredient as you would like. You can serve it on a bed of lettuce. My mom did. I remember putting the lettuce on her fancy plates. You can dress it with a pomegranate vinaigrette. My mom did not. It was naked. Believe me, there was nothing she could have done to make this salad something anyone would eat. But we did enjoy crushing the pomegranate seeds on the tablecloth. How she got the stains out I will never know.
My mom died two years ago today. It was 11-11-11. I felt it was fitting to honor her with a post about a food that brings back some amusing holiday memories. She’d be thrilled to know that two of her grandsons will eat parts of this salad. One will eat it all. The other will eat the grapefruit. That’s more than I would!
I hope you’ll try my mom’s salad. Maybe you’ll add it to your holiday menu. It’s very refreshing and quite lovely. And while your opening the pomegranate and whacking it to get the seeds out, think of my mom.