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Light and healthy raw zucchini, apple and walnut salad

Rowena Dumlao-Giardina resides in Italy, cooking and photographing her family's interesting meals on Apron and Sneakers. After moving to Italy 13 years ago from the Philippines, she has traveled extensively around the country and the res...

When the heat is on, eat cool, fresh foods

It's almost summer, and we all want to get fit and eat light. With this fantastic raw salad dressed with pomegranate dressing, you can enjoy a healthy meal in no time.

Raw zucchini, apple and walnut salad with pomegranate dressing recipe

When summer comes along, I don't stay in the kitchen much. That means less cooking and more fresh ingredients. Since we tend to eat lighter during the warmer months, salads are our best bet. Who wants to eat a big roast when it's so hot out? And besides, don't we all want to fit into that new swimsuit? I know I do, so let's move on to healthier dishes this summer.

Raw zucchini, apple and walnut salad with pomegranate dressing recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients:

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice (taken from 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the salad

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 apple
  • Juice from 1 freshly squeezed lemon
  • Walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a small jar with a cover, mix together the pomegranate juice, vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper. Shake well, and then set it aside.
  2. Using a mandoline slicer or a sharp knife, slice the zucchini thinly.
  3. Slice the apples thinly, and then immediately soak them in the lemon juice. Drain the apples and discard the lemon juice when ready to serve.
  4. On a serving plate, mix the zucchini, apples, walnuts and pomegranate seeds with the pomegranate dressing. Garnish with fresh mint if using, and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.

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