I mentioned earlier that I'd made pomegranate salsa at Christmastime. It is one of the most delicious things I've eaten in a long time. I first had it at a party before Christmas and I had to have the recipe. It turned out that my friend K. and her husband had invented the recipe themselves, but she told me the ingredients and approximate proportions.
This makes a lot, but I don't think you'll mind having extra.
2 cans mandarin orange slices packed in water (drained and chopped)
1 red onion, chopped
1 fresh jalapeño, minced
1 tablespoon pickled jalapeño, minced
1 bundle cilantro, minced
Juice of one lime
A pinch of ground cumin
Cut the tops off the pomegranates, pull them in half, and submerge them in a large bowl of water while picking out all the seeds. The white pith will float and the seeds will sink, making it easy to retrieve them. Update: Here's a way easier method.
Put pomegranate seeds in a large bowl and add other ingredients. Mix together, cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Serve with tortilla chips (I like using the Tostitos Scoops because they hold a lot of the chunky goodness).
Thanks for this recipe! I am planning to make it this weekend!
Posted by: Manisha | October 26, 2007 at 01:48 PM
So the only part of the pomegranates that goes into the salsa is the seeds? Just want to make sure I understand.
Posted by: Food Lover | December 17, 2007 at 07:41 PM
Hmm, I tried pomegranates for the first time a few weeks ago. So if you put the seeds in your mix, wouldn't you get a mouthful of hard bits?
Posted by: theotherbear | January 25, 2008 at 07:26 AM
so you eat the seeds? Aren't they bitter?
I'm going to have to check this one out!
Posted by: min | January 25, 2008 at 07:40 AM
Oh my gosh! That sounds SO good!
Posted by: Michelle Pendergrass | January 25, 2008 at 08:50 AM
pomegranates...is something I've never cut into or cooked with??? You eat the seeds? Is there any meat in the pomegranates to eat??? This sounds sooooooooooooooooooo YUMMY!!!!! =)
Posted by: Jeannie | January 25, 2008 at 08:53 AM
This sounds delicious...although I am the only one in my family who will even touch a pomegranite. I might try making it anyway...if I can find the fruit, that is. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Karen @ Simply A Musing Blgo | January 25, 2008 at 09:35 AM
I'll be curious to hear your answer to the seed question.
I LIKE the flavor of pomegranate juice, but I've never had the actual fruit. The thing is, this is a really HEALTHY snack, too, and I bet it LOOKS appealing.
Plus, this is off the beaten path, and I like taking things to parties (or for whatever reason) are new and a bit novel.
Thanks for joining in this month and helping to spread the word about this DELICIOUS carnival!
Posted by: Robin (the pensieve one) | January 25, 2008 at 10:31 AM
The seeds are firm, but they're not what you'd call "hard." When you bite into them, you get a lovely burst of juice that complements the other flavors nicely.
The thing that's bitter about pomegranates is the white pulp around the pips. It's important to remove as much of that as possible when taking the fruit apart.
I won't lie to you, it's a pain to take apart TWO pomegranates. However, this recipe is COMPLETELY worth it! It's be a hit wherever I've taken it.
Posted by: Average Jane | January 25, 2008 at 10:47 AM
This sounds wonderful. I think it would be terrific with tacos, too!
Posted by: Sandy | January 25, 2008 at 02:00 PM
Not sure my husband would eat this, but I would!!
Posted by: A Family Story | January 28, 2008 at 09:14 AM
Just saw this on Martha...Cut through the pom. skin only and pull them apart. Then holding seed side down in your palm...take a wooden spoon and whack ( and keep whacking ) dthe back of the pom...and the seeds fall out ! She said people are always amazed how easy they come out. Now to buy one again and try it ! Salsa sounds great !
Posted by: Mary Ann | February 06, 2010 at 11:09 AM