Pomegranate Relish

Celebrate the holidays with this colorful pomegranate relish that will look elegant on your table with the red pomegranate seeds, also 

Holiday pomegranate relish with fresh parsley mixed in, along with pomegranate arils and slices in background.

known as arils, along with the accent of green parsley, which is also heart-healthy.  

The pomegranate is heart-healthy with its powerful antioxidants and considered one of the healthiest fruits.  The concentrated antioxidant activity in the pomegranate has been shown to be three times higher than those of red wine and green tea (1).

Pomegranate seeds are fast becoming known as a superfood due to their content of polyphenols, the powerful antioxidants that are believed to help the heart including possibly preventing plaque buildup in the arteries.  Pomegranates are considered to have even more antioxidants than cranberry juice.   

Researchers have shown that the juice coming from the seeds of the pomegranate are important factors in a heart-healthy diet that may improve and lower blood pressure, along with regulating cholesterol levels.  

Pomegranates are also a good source of vitamins and fiber.  These vitamins include the B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium.  Potassium is needed also to help regulate the heart and lower blood pressure.  

The simple and quick, no-cook recipe can also be made several days in advance since it stores well in the refrigerator.  The heart-healthy relish recipe is also low in  sodium.

 

Pomegranate Relish - Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups pomegranate arils (seeds), (2-3 pomegranates)

½ cup fresh parsley (flat or curly), chopped

1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped

⅓ cup sweet onion, minced (about half an onion)

½ cup grape seed oil

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Pomegranate Relish - Recipe Instructions:

In a medium sized bowl with lid, add pomegranate seeds, also known as arils.  Chop parsley and dill, placing in a small bowl.  Next, cut medium onion in half and mince, adding to the parsley and dill; set aside.  In a third small bowl, combine the grape seed oil and lemon juice, whisking together then drizzle over pomegranates.  Next, gently blend in the parsley, dill and onion.  Put lid on medium bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours to allow the flavors to blend.

Makes 2½ cups.


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