The Seasoned Traveler

Recipes and remedies using herbs, spices, and other natural ingredients from the world's pantry

Winter Salad of Chicory, Orange, Pomegranate & Walnuts


IMG_6977Can you taste these colors? Feel this brightness? When winter starts to feel drab and dark — around January — I like to find seasonal ingredients to make a vibrant and cheery salad.


Hello, baby chicories!

Foraging at the supermarket, I found these chicories, swathed in a package of three and tucked gingerly in a bin under purple tissue paper. I could tell these were delicate little creatures eager to come home with me (don’t worry, I really don’t talk to my produce much), but I wondered… What ARE chicories, anyway? I don’t think I’ve had them before, unless they are the same as Belgian endives — which they really look like — in which case, are Belgian endives just chicories born in Belgium?

Whatever their provenance, chicories, I discovered, are quite lovely with citrus and nuts. So here’s a winter salad of chicory, orange, pomegranate and walnuts, and a simple vinaigrette sweetened with pomegranate syrup (if you don’t have this, a dollop of honey will do).

And with this, I’m adding new “Salad” and “Soup” categories to my recipe index. Happy winter foraging, everyone.

Winter Salad of Chicory, Orange, Pomegranate & Walnuts

Serves 2

  • 1 chicory, base removed, leaves washed & dried and cut into thirds
  • 2 small oranges, top and base cut off, side peels sliced off and cut into round slices, and white cores in middle removed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, slightly crumbled
  • Seeds of 1/2 pomegranate
  • Vinaigrette: 1 tsp. red wine vinegar, 1 tsp. pomegranate syrup, salt & pepper (mix these ingredients first, then whisk in oil), 2 Tbs. olive oil

Author: Laura Haugen

Writer, Traveler, Foodie

13 thoughts on “Winter Salad of Chicory, Orange, Pomegranate & Walnuts

  1. This is such a great salad, it really is the very essence of winter. Crisp and clean this is just wonderful. I love chicory!!

  2. Exactly what we need this time around! The pomegranate syrup vinaigrette sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. What a perfect salad! The chicories look sooo good. Perfect. Clementines would be good too with this.

  4. Hey I have oranges, endive, and walnuts. Just need to get poms!

  5. Looks so lovely and fresh and i like the sound of the mum brought me pomegranate syrup from Abu Dhabi and i haven’t used it yet!!

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