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Pumpkins and pomegranates make this salad a tasty autumn classic

By: Susie Iventosch Special to Home & Garden
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Pomegranates and pumpkins are coming in season, and this salad is a delicious and healthy way to take advantage of both the beautiful fall colors and flavors of these two crops! Arugula and roasted pumpkin team up with pomegranate seeds, pecans and blue cheese to make a festive and delicious salad, and by adding roasted turkey or chicken, this salad can become a main course, too. For crisp fall evenings, pumpkin bisque served in individual hollowed out pumpkins is an especially fun treat, too! (Watch for the recipe in an upcoming issue.) Arugula salad with roasted pumpkin, toasted hazelnuts or pecans, pomegranate seeds, blue cheese and Blood Orange Vinaigrette Ingredients: 4 cups rocket-leaf arugula 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese 1 cup cubed, roasted pumpkin 1/3 cup toasted hazelnuts or pecan halves Blood Orange Vinaigrette 1/3-plus cup extra virgin olive oil (add a little more or less, depending upon your taste) 2 tablespoons blood orange vinegar (Cuisine Perel makes this) 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard ½ teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon white pepper ½ teaspoon sea salt Directions Place arugula, pumpkin, pomegranate seeds, blue cheese and pecans in a glass salad bowl. (This is a very pretty salad, so a glass bowl makes a nice presentation.) Toss with vinaigrette and serve at once! To cook pumpkin, heat oven to 375 degrees and spray roasting pan with cooking spray or brush with olive oil. Cut baking pumpkin in half, scoop out seeds and drizzle inside of pumpkin halves with olive oil. Place, cut side down, in roasting pan and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until a knife will easily pierce through skin and meat. Remove from oven. Cool and remove skin. Cut pumpkin into bite-size pieces and toss with salt and pepper to season. Refrigerate until ready to use. Susie Iventosch, author of “Tax Bites & Tasty Morsels – Who’s Been Eating My Pie?” can be reached at suziven@gmail.com.