Apple Pomegranate Salad & Serving Spoons Giveaway

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I admit it.  I am starting to think about Christmas.  Just a little.  I blame it on the lateness of Thanksgiving, but I believe it never hurts to start your planning early.  Especially if your shopping list has one of those “people who have everything” on it.  If you do, read on for a great idea–and a recipe for Apple Pomegranate Salad.  Just to keep your strength up.

Apple Pomegranate Salad

Apple Pomegranate Salad

This all started when I received on offer from  World Vision, for a review and giveaway.  They are a Christian-based non-profit  that works to “offer a full solution to poverty and injustice issues.”  Established in 1950 they initially provided food and shelter for children in orphanages through child sponsorship.  Now they also work to achieve transformation by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice.  They are active in nearly 100 countries around the world, serving all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.  World Vision Logo

While there are many different programs, from micro-loans to knitting items to fund-raising, one that is especially timely now is their gifts programs.  I received a lovely hand-carved olivewood serving set (perfect for holiday entertaining) delivered in a hand-sewn African fabric gift bag that benefits orphans of the Kamba tribe in Kenya. Sold for $65, it is essentially an item plus donation, with $49 tax deductible.    salad-sq-on-red

I immediately thought of how nice this would have been when I was shopping for my grandmother.  Though she lived to be 86, she came from a family where a number of people had died young–and for years she asked us not to give her gifts, saying “someone will just need to sort them out when I’m gone.”  I resorted to food packages but truthfully, she had the appetite of a bird.  I’m sure she would have loved something like this where her lack of need was helping someone else out.  Between jewelry, kitchen items or even straight donations, there is an option for everyone.

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Image from the World Vision website

Of course at this time of the year, charity giving requests are coming fast and furious, so before donating it is a good idea to check out an organization on an index like CharityWatch.  Here World Vision receives an A- grade and qualifies for their top-rated charities list.  

And now for the giveaway.  It is for the serving spoon set that I received and is open to US residents.  Sponsored by World Vision, it closes on November 29 at midnight CST.  To enter, leave a comment telling me something you do to give to others.  For a second entry, follow Art of Natural Living on twitter (@iwilkerson) and leave a second comment (or let me know if you are already a twitter follower).  The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me with address and any other needed information or a new winner will be chosen.serving-set

And in case this has made you hungry, here is a salad recipe in contention for my Christmas Eve dinner.  If de-seeding a pomegranate scares you, there are many stores now that sell just the seeds.  The health value (see Mercola) and flavor of pomegranates is so exceptional that I’ve decided I’m just going to get good at it! I have made it with and without optional crumbled blue cheese and can’t decide which way I like best.  If you try it, I’d love to hear what you think!salad-narrow

Apple Pomegranate Salad
Yields 6
A fresh salad with healthy pomegranate seeds, this apple pomegranate salad is perfect for the holidays.
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172 calories
14 g
0 g
13 g
2 g
2 g
167 g
207 g
10 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
167g
Yields
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172
Calories from Fat 116
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
20%
Saturated Fat 2g
8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 207mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 10g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
11%
Calcium
3%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Vinaigrette
  2. • 1 small shallot, diced
  3. • 1 tablespoon honey
  4. • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  5. • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  6. • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  7. • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  8. • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  9. .
  10. For the salad
  11. • 8 cups lettuce mix (I like half spring mix, half arugula)
  12. • 1 apple, cored and cut into 1/2" cubes
  13. • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (put these on last)
  14. • 1/3 cup pecans halves, toasted
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine the dressing ingredients and whisk until emulsified.
  2. Add vinaigrette gradually to the lettuce and toss gently, until the lettuce is well coated. (You may use more or less to taste)
  3. Top dressed lettuce with cheese (optional), pecans, apple and pomegranate seeds, adding pomegranate seeds last (to they are sure to be visible) Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Consider adding 2 ounces of crumbled blue cheese to the salad if you want a heartier salad.
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13g
protein
2g
carbs
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  1. We give to others at Thanksgiving & Christmas by donating food & other items to gift baskets for needy families!

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  2. I’m a twitter subscriber as @saverang

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  3. I donate when I can around the holidays this year I am donating toys for Christmas what ever I can do.

  4. follow on twitter @tammyschweitz57 thanks

  5. This salad look beautiful!

  6. I donate to an organization that pairs a needy child with a police officer (“cop and shop”). Each child is taken by a police officer for a meal and shopping trip, where they are given a $150 gift certificate for Target to allow them to shop for Christmas presents for members of their family. Judy

  7. I am following on twitter; @northwoodsorgan

  8. I try to give every day. It might just be a smile, to someone who looks sad, or lending a hand to someone in need. I am a crocheter, and we donate hats to the cancer department at our local hospital, and donate baby blankets to the hospital to send home with families that don’t have much. My husband plows the driveway of 3 of our neighbors that are older and shouldn’t be out in the cold weather. We are blessed to live in a tiny town, where we know everyone, and we all lean on each other. We try to give, but it comes back tenfold.

  9. I have to admit that I am thinking about Christmas too! This salad sounds amazing, and those spoons…wow, they’re absolutely gorgeous!

  10. I give to others but donating Christmas gifts to children in need

  11. i weeded through my closet and took out everything i didn’t wear at least a few times this past year, then took it all to good will. i felt good about that and have been looking for other things to donate too! lovely salad. 🙂

  12. Hi Inger, this Apple Pomegranate Salad is very healthy and nutritious. Great for snacking too. Not forgetting the lovely hand-carved olive wood serving set comes in a hand-sewn African fabric gift bag. They are so unique and classy! Hope you enjoy your week and warmest regards 🙂

  13. Beautiful salad! It looks so beautifully fresh and I love the addition of the apples and pomegranates! Perfect for the holidays!
    I give to several organizations that help homeless and runaway kids. I also give to our local soup kitchen and used to donate my time, as well.

  14. I follow you on Twitter!

  15. My family picks up donations from grocery stores for our local food pantry every Sunday.

  16. I’m already a Twitter follower! @TessaS2000

  17. I pick-up extra shelf stable food and then donate it at work for their food drive.

  18. Following on twitter @krazekatlady.

  19. I have slowed down in the last few years due to a chronic illness. I am no longer able to drive or stand up for any length of time, so this has limited my charitable donations, however, I can and still do a little.

    While I am not cash rich, I do have & get a lot of “stuff” for a small side business. We sell vintage and antique items in order to supplement our income. My husband has since surpassed me in being the bargain hunter, and we usually end up with more then we can sell. I donate these items straight out, or sell for profit and donate that. I am also a great couponer. I get a lot of items for free and donate them to my local church or I make up a package to give to someone in need. I also do the same with clothing. There are usually a few piles of whatnot lying around the house, ready to be shipped off, to someone at any given time.

    I also do some small things that might not really seem like a big thing, but it can make someones day. I always carry more than one great coupon, (for a free item or perhaps $10.00 off a $25.00 purchase…something significant) to find someone in line that might really need it. You would be surprised at the way a face lights up when something that is unexpected happens. I also leave coupons on shelves with a note that says…”from the coupon fairy. I also intend to donate a lot of new toys for Christmas presens, I have in one of the storage units I just bought.

  20. I also started following Art of Natural Living on Twitter. My twtter user name is Mysterysinc.

    I have just read the benefits of the pomegranate, and while I have never had one before, I think it is about time to start.. The salad looks delicious, but I think I might try it with Feta cheese first.

    Thank you for the chance to win such a nice prize.

  21. I try to give back to others through giving them time and a listening ear… our family volunteers in many ways focused on counseling/mentoring.

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  23. We donate to families in need during the Holidays.

  24. I follow on twitter as @Tarheelicious.

  25. i just served at an elderly Thanksgiving lunch.

  26. i follow on twitter! @kel_Lee213

  27. I donate toys and clothes to charity. Watts128 at yahoo dot com

  28. We donate to the local food bank. We also donate all of our clothing and toys we no longer have use for.

  29. I try to give to the food banks when I can..I am mostly there to pick up food though! But we do try to share the love.

  30. I follow you on twitter

  31. I give by helping my aunt clean

  32. I follow on Twitter

  33. I mend books at the library for others to read.

  34. I follow on twitter – annabanana2800

  35. I just bought chocolate covered pomegranate seeds at Trader Joe’s! I bet they would work with this salad too:)

    Thanks for sharing, Inger…

  36. I am a hairstylist and I am offering free haircuts at a women’s shelter.

  37. I donate clothes to Goodwill and lately I’ve been helping my dad to clean his house and donate dishes and unused items to charity.

  38. I volunteer as a FNP at a free clinic every Thursday.

  39. I follow on Twitter @rachelgriesmer

  40. I support my local schools with all their food and clothing drives.

  41. We always find a family/child or cause to help out. This year, it was the Angel Tree.

  42. I am a twitter follower, @taryn221

  43. We donate to the Salvation Army and pick an Angel from the tree at the mall for those who are not as fortunate.

  44. I follow Art of Natural Living on Twitter

  45. We are donating toys for tots, adopting an elderly person and making/taking doggy treats to the animal shelter.

  46. I am helping someone go back to college.

  47. I love baking treats for teachers, friends and family. I also lead three Girl Scout levels.

  48. That salad looks so good. I’m constantly donating clothes and items that no longer get used around my house. I also volunteer as a tutor when time allows.

  49. I don’t think I’m a super humanitarian or anything, but I do try to help others. I donate things that I no longer use. I have done a lot of volunteer work in soup kitchens, community centers, and drug rehabs. In the last month I knew a girl that was having twins. She is a single parent and couldn’t afford to get what they needed and thankfully my mother and I were able to pull together to get most of what she needed for the babies. I think that helping others is a wonderful thing!!

  50. I’ve purchased many items from the World Vision Gift Catalog & I donate to St Jude’s Childrens Hospital whenever I’m able.

  51. I work at the food bank around the holidays

  52. I already follow on twitter @johnhutchens1

  53. I’m following on Twitter @mandaj138.

  54. My husband and I volunteer in our community and donate gently used items to charity for resale.

  55. I spend an extra $1-$5 per grocery shopping trip to buy something for a donation bag–for example…last trip, I bought a couple of cans of chocolate pudding…I might buy cans of chili or boxes of rice or just-add–water bowls of oatmeal. I might buy feminine products when I see them on sale. When the bag is full, I donate that to my neighborhood food pantry. I don’t miss a dollar or two on my shopping, but it adds up to help out our local pantry as much as I can.

  56. I follow you on twitter as @mbm218

  57. We help support a school in Haiti by monthly donations. We also sponsor local children for Christmas through a non-profit I work for.

  58. Follow on twitter as suburbsanity.

  59. We donate extra blankets to the animal shelter to help keep the little animals warm in winter!

  60. Our family loves to pack a shoebox for a child through our church program 🙂

  61. My brother had cancer at young age and St. Jude helped him. We always donate to them.

  62. I follow on twitter @amytebow

  63. Our whole family volunteers at the Humane League.

  64. I donate toys to either Toys for Tots or one of the local toy drives at Christmas time. I also donate money to various charities throughout the year.

  65. I make donations, either of money or items whenever I am able.

  66. We donate food and money during the food drives at my husbands company

  67. One of the high points of our holiday season is when we bring gifts to our local Marine Office for Toys for Tots.

  68. We donate to the salvation army and we shop at Goodwill. There is also a Domestic Violence Shelter that protects women and children and we actively donate to them. I’m trying to teach my children to help others. My teenage daughter donates her free time to helping at our local library and helping with the smaller children activities there.

  69. I follow the Art of Natural Living on twitter as @savvyblog1.

  70. We donate money to charities and we sponsor children. willowberryroad at gmail dot com

  71. i donate all small clothes to a womens shelter and i win blog giveaways for school xmas auction

  72. We eat with my family almost daily…since my dad’s stroke & my mom’s health decline they are unable to work so My husband & I buy all the food and share it with my parents & whoever comes over.

    Also for Thanksgiving my family picks up a mentally challenged family and they eat diner with us every year.

  73. I follow on Twitter via @lifeasiknowit2b

  74. I volunteer with an online support website for those w/mental illness.

  75. I help with children in need at our church as well as many other places, e.g. the school, the shelter, etc…

  76. I follow on twitter as @tedricotink

  77. We donate to our church’s food bank

  78. We donate to the food bank monthly

  79. I donate to food banks and like to buy gifts through local Christmas angel programs.

  80. I’m also a follower on Twitter (@dsickles87)

  81. Pomegranate fruit is eaten as a sweet or sour and sweet pomegranate is a fruit that has many health benefits. Pomegranate juice contains vitamin C and also contains minerals that are beneficial to the body in high doses.

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