Brussels Sprout Pomegranate Citrus Salad {Giveaway}

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We are going to Hawaii next week and I am super excited. Beach, sand, sun…here I come. The only part that doesn’t sound fun is getting into my swimsuit during the winter. I am used to wearing as many layers as possible to stay warm. Those layers are pretty forgiving on the figure. I hope I don’t frighten the fish:)

To get ready for my swimsuit showdown, I have been eating this Brussels Sprout Pomegranate Citrus Salad. It is fresh, light, and easy to make…and very swimsuit friendly:)

Sometimes I get bored with plain old greens for the base of my salads. For this salad, I used brussels sprouts as the greens. They add a nice crunch and jazzed things up a bit. I added in avocado, oranges, and pomegranate arils. I drizzled a sweet citrus dressing over the top. The flavors and textures of this salad are extraordinary. I have been eating this salad almost every day. I can’t get enough.

Remember when I said this salad was easy to make? Well, it is. Don’t start whining that you have to seed a pomegranate to make this salad. I love pomegranates, but sometimes seeding them can be a pain…and a real mess. POM Wonderful has come out with a genius product, POM POMS Fresh Arils. These ready to serve pomegranate arils will make your life a lot easier.

And don’t worry you don’t have to be a cheerleader to use these POM POMS. Although, you probably will want to do a back flip after tasting them. POM POMS Fresh Arils are sweet, tart, and burst in your mouth. And to enjoy them, all you have to do is open a package. Easy peasy! You can find them in the refrigerator section of the produce department. They are perfect for snacking and adding to your favorite dishes. I love using them in my Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Caleb LOVES POM POMS. They are his precious little jewels. He doesn’t like to share them:) And I don’t mind since they are a healthy snack. POM POMS Fresh Arils have vitamin C, potassium and they’re known for their unique antioxidants known as polyphenols.

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Brussels Sprout Pomegranate Citrus Salad

Chopped brussels sprouts with avocado, pomegranate arils, oranges, and a citrus dressing. This brussels sprout salad is light, fresh, and healthy.


  • For the Salad:
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts
  • 1 large avocado peeled, pitted, and chopped
  • 1 large orange peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup POM POMS Fresh Pomegranate Arils
  • For the Citrus Dressing:
  • Juice of 3 large oranges
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. 1. Rinse brussels sprouts and remove any damaged or dirty outer leaves. Place on a cutting board and slice off the hard root end. Using a sharp knife, thinly slice the brussels sprouts. When you're done, use your fingers to gently separate the leaves so that the shredded sprouts resemble a very fine slaw. Place in a large bowl and add the avocado, orange, and POM POMS.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, zest, olive oil, and honey. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Drizzle the citrus dressing over the salad and lightly toss. Serve immediately.
  3. Note-you can use agave instead of the honey to make a vegan salad.

Disclosure: This giveaway is being provided by POM Wonderful, but our opinions are our own.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I had never had a pom until this year- YUM- and my favorite way was, of course, you white choc and pom cookies- they were so good!

  2. Oh, is this brilliant or what? No more stained hands and fingers wrestling with a whole pomegranate! I like to eat the arils straight from the fruit best, or sprinkled on yogurt or oatmeal, or with goat cheese and arugula on roasted acorn squash.

  3. I put pomegranate on my salads. I love the taste and the color it gives a salad. I am excited to try the Brussels Sprout Pomegranate Citrus Salad that you have just posted. It looks great.
    I follow you on Pinterest, Facebook and receive your e-mails.

  4. oh my gosh! What a gorgeous salad! Combines some of my favorite flavors (citrus and brussels sprouts are amazing together). Pomegranate! Delicious. I like mixing them into yogurt

  5. Thank you for the very cool idea! I love using pomegranates any way, any way at all. I like mixing them in meat dishes especially. And, using pomegranate molasses. Thanks again!

  6. I actually make a very similar salad with more of a garlic-shallot dressing… and goat cheese instead of avocados. I love eating pomegranate seeds in that salad. I also love them in cocktails and sparkling drinks.

  7. I love them in this salsa I make all year round, with cilantro, red onion, lemon juice and a few other ingredients. It is the best!!!

  8. Your salad looks wonderful! We love Poms at our house too – and I love to just get messy and eat them right out of the fruit. I often buy the arils at TJ’s to use in salads too for a quick lunch or dinner! Yummy! And have a blast in Hawaii! so jealous!

  9. My sister-in-law made an awesome recipe for Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies and they are amazing! Before trying those, my favorite way to eat pomegranate was to just eat the arils by themselves!

  10. My favorite way to eat pomegranate is to sprinkle the arils over chicken thighs braised in a sauce made with POM juice and sweet chili sauce. Yum!

  11. Plain….pink fingers and all. Brings back memories as a kid eating pomegranate seeds with friends on the playground.

  12. I love snacking on pomegrantes! I like eating foods that make you work for them, makes snacking last much longer!

  13. I am also a newbie and just stared subscribing to your newsletter via RSS!
    Can’t wait to try your recipes. Thank you

  14. I love them in salads and they are also just great plain to nibble on with a glass of white wine–perfect compliment.

  15. My husband knows that I am nuts for pomegranate seeds. I will have them just in spoonfuls in the morning . This morning though I added them to Greek yogurt. I just love love pomegranates. To me pomegranate seeds are like candy. The are that good.

  16. I love pomegranates with greek yogurt, a swirl of honey and a sprinkle of almonds! Always looking for new ways to enjoy them!

  17. My favorite way to eat a pomegranate is to sprinkle the seeds on homemade frozen yogurt (made with bananas and frozen raspberries blended together – and sometimes some all-natural peanut butter! and sprinkle on some dark chocolate chips) mmmm!

  18. I love pomegranates and have gotten the peeling process down to just a few minutes. I added them to my steel cut oats the other day and I loved the texture/citrus burst.

  19. I use the POM juice to make pomegranate molasses and use it as a sauce for grilled chicken sprinkled with some fresh arils.

  20. My favorite way is like this one – on a salad! They add a great little tart sweetness to an otherwise usually delicious but boring salad.

  21. I don’t think I have ever tried pomegranates. I would love to. I will have to look for these the next time I am at the store.

  22. I’ll never forget my first experience seeding a pomegranate – I haven’t done it since! I will have to look for the fresh arils so I can make your delicious salad! (I don’t remember what I did with the pomegranate seeds once I seeded them – probably sprinkled them on a salad).

  23. I can’t get past just peeling it and eating it straight up. My kids and I sit down and catch up on our day over a nice juice pom!

  24. I love your blog. I do have a question. I have looked around my house and m daughter’s house for a grocer who carries the pomegranates rails. Are they available only in certain areas of the country?

  25. I subscribe via RSS and LOVE pomegranate fresh out of the skin or pom’s bottle. I follow your site and love the recipes you publish. Thank you for a great site.

  26. I love to dry off the arils, melt some chocolate and combine them and scoop them out like you would a nut cluster, they are to die for!

  27. I like the fruit right off the tree. As kids we had pom fights that made our moms crazy because of the stains! The neighborhood tree was a favorite of ours!

  28. I like pomegranate in salads especially when accompanied with goat cheese and spinach! Yum! I also just found a recipe that uses pom juice to make homemade grenadine. I can’t wait to try that out!

  29. For elementary school, I attended an all-girls Catholic school where we wore uniforms. We would sit out in the quad with our pomegranates on nice days and eat them together, those that brought them sharing with those that did not have one. But the nuns ended up banning them because we would inevitably leave stains on the pavement and our white shirts.

  30. I love pomegranate juice, but have seldom eaten the arils because of all the work. I am excited to look for Pom Poms at my grocery store.

  31. Cute! Oh I love the color of pomegranates, don’t you? Strangely, I have never eaten them in a salad. I just love eating the little seeds one at a time. Thanks.

  32. My favorite way to eat a pomegranate is just straight from the fruit. They can be a little pesky, but it is worth it.

  33. My favorite way to eat a pomegranate is fresh picked from a tree! When I was growing up, a neighbor had a pomegranate tree and allowed us to pick them. Delicious!

  34. I love eating pomegranate plain, but also use it in different recipes. One of my favorites is a pomegranate chipotle bbq sauce that is super yummy.

  35. I don’t have a lot of experience eating pomegranates…so I would have to say just plain (or as juice). This salad looks delicious, though – great to push away the winter doldrums.

  36. Have you ever tried making this salad with left-over roasted brussels sprouts? Might add a little salty with the sweet. Thoughts?

  37. My favorite way to eat a pomegranate is just straight up eat it, it’s so delicious and the little arils are so fun to eat because they pop in your mouth.

  38. My favorite way to eat pom is to add them on my yogurt parfait. Adds a little crunchy texture and a hint of sweet and tartness. I love POM! 🙂

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  39. I was so sad to see this isn’t open to people outside US as I am from Norway and I have an obsession with pomegranates, I have to restrict myself to not eat several a day, haha! Obviously, I love to eat them plain, but they are really good with some vanilla flavoured yoghurt. Also, I really like your blog, I found out about it just recently, and it’s so inspiring! 🙂

  40. My FAVORITE way to eat a pomegranate is on top of oatmeal. The tartness of the arils are a nice contrast to the blandness of oats. Mmmm…..!

  41. I love the arils. When I was a little girl, over 50 years ago, my Dad used to bring home a pomegranate as a treat. Great memories!

  42. I make a healthy dark chocolate roll cake with dairy free strawberry whipped cream filling and fill it with pomegranates then frost it with white chocolate ganache and slivers! Thanks!

  43. “What is your favorite way to eat a pomegranate?”
    I just like them plain, for breakfast! They give me a great amount of energy first thing in the morning!

  44. I love pomegranates, so I’ll eat them plain, on top of yogurt, or in a salad. I loved them in a warm Brussels sprouts salad that we had at Thanksgiving. That’s probably my current favorite way to eat pomegranate arils.

  45. My favorite way to eat a pomegranate…
    The only way I ever eat a pomegranate is by slicing it in half and (slowly) pulling out the seeds! It’s messy and sometimes frustrating because it’s difficult… but they taste sooo good! In fact, I have one in my fridge right now 🙂

  46. I love my pomegranates in Iowa Girl Eats’ Superfood Salad! My hubs loves them in the juice form 🙂

  47. I really like them in salad, I have just recently tried them like that….alway ate them as a fun fall snack in the past.

  48. I simply love to pop those bright, beautiful little arils right in my mouth! They are wonderful all on their own! 🙂

  49. I am so embarrassed to admit I don’t think i have ever tried pomegranate 🙁
    Would love the opportunity to try it with this prize pack though!

  50. My oldest son and I love the thrill of the chase in digging them out of the shell. My favorite treat is a pomegranate martini- and I really don’t like martini’s at all but there are terrific!

  51. I like pomegranates on salads, but somehow I have missed your cookies. The shame! I will be finding that one and trying it soon!

  52. I just had pomegranate arils for the first time on salad and have become obsessed! Such a great way to brighten a salad.

  53. I like eating them plain and simple and sometimes I’ll mix them into yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast. And I do love me a pomegranate martini…but not for breakfast 🙂

  54. I love eating pomegranates just plain. Fun and YUM! But your salad looks delic! Thanks for the offer and for all of the inspiration you give us!!!

  55. I have only had pomegranate twice. Once with a friend and once with my dad. I think I prefer it in liquid form! I would love for my kids to try it though.

  56. We love to eat them in a salad with Marcona almonds, Manchego cheese and fresh sliced pear! Topped with Pom dressing….out of this world good!!

  57. I’ve eaten them forever topped on my morning yogurt. I love eating them alone as a snack. All during the fall I buy them 2 at a time and freeze the arils so I can enjoy them year round!

  58. I used to live in California and had a tree in my back yard. I loved eating fresh picked pomegranetes! But now I live in South Dakota, and don’t receive them so fresh. Still love them when I can get them.

  59. I subscribe by email. I am loving a new crockpot recipe using Pom juice. I stock up when on sale and freeze before expires. But usually I’ve used it up. Also love in my smoothies. 😉
    Joyce at [email protected]

  60. Love eating poms straight! Rip them open and pick or fish out the seeds 🙂 great when I work on papers to keep me occupied and healthy 😉

  61. I have a question. When you make this salad, how do you keep the avocado from browning? Also, you say this salad serves four. Do you make it all and then save for the next day? How is it the next day with the avocado? I don’t think my kiddos would go for it, but it sounds great to me. Thanks for your help.

  62. I follow you on pinterest. I love just peeling and eating the juicy arils of the pomegranate. Actually, I have been peeling and eating a lot of them this past month. Yum.

  63. Most often I eat pomegranates in salads. I’m going to try your recipe this week. If I don’t use the whole pomegranate in the salad I usually eat the rest standing over the kitchen sink. Hopefully not wearing anything easily stainable. I do a lot of laundry because of that

  64. Pomegranate seeds are great in yoghurt with some sliced almonds. They are some tartness to a sweet fruit yoghurt and some crunch.

  65. I love Pom juice, but with the arils available my new favorite may be the salad above. The gf and I love Brussels sprouts and this looks to be a great way to eat them. Thanks!

  66. My favorite pomegranate recipe is Pork Tenderloin with Pomegranate Sauce from the Epicurious website. But I also enjoy the arils in salads or just alone as a snack.