Pomegranate Cumin Yogurt Dressing

If I had to come up with a list of my favorite bands on the fly, it would not include Aerosmith. Not that I dislike them, they just aren’t among my top favorites. Similarly, Armageddon is a movie I liked but wouldn’t be at the top of my list of favorite movies.

So why is it that that song I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing is one of the most common songs I get stuck in my head?

Again, not a bad song – just not my favorite. But it must have some unique catchy-ness because it was playing in my head as I uploaded these photos and somehow seemed very appropriate. I couldn’t help thinking, “I don’t want YOU to miss a thing. Not the bright green arugula, tender grilled figs, caramelized grilled purple onions, succulent shredded duck or the just-slightly-melted manchego.”

And so I chose the photographs accordingly, so you’d get a hint of every carefully chosen bite that made this salad come together deliciously.

I haven’t yet mentioned the dressing. It’s tart, tangy, and a little smokey. And a lot wonderful. I used a yogurt base to keep it on the lighter side, but it’s plenty lively from bright mint and pomegranate, while balsamic vinegar and cumin add depth of flavor. Try it as I did here, with grilled figs, duck and manchego; or drizzled over mixed greens with sausage, goat cheese, and dried figs or even dates if fresh are not available.

Pomegranate-Cumin Yogurt Dressing
Adapted from Bon Appetit, August 2010

3 tablespoons olive oil
5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (can be reduced from 1/2 cup pomegranate juice)
6 tablespoons minced shallots
1/2 cup / 4oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt

Combine all ingredients in a blender and whisk until smooth. Store in refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to one week.

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11 Responses to “Pomegranate Cumin Yogurt Dressing”

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    Dawn — September 20, 2010 @ 3:46 pm Reply

    I love anything with fig and balsamic. In fact I just bought a tart pan and am trying to find the time to bake a balsamic fig tart. Still need to finish unpacking from my campout!

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    Tyler — September 20, 2010 @ 4:01 pm Reply

    Wow, that sounds so fancy! (and delicious!) Also, I love manchego cheese!

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    Joanne — September 20, 2010 @ 5:48 pm Reply

    You have a serious knack for combining flavors Cara. I love how you got every color and every texture into these photos! Now I want them all in my belly!

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    Barbara — September 21, 2010 @ 4:44 pm Reply

    There are some yummy flavors there, Cara. I love the idea of pomegrante molasses…so used to doing that with balsamic, never thought about trying it with pomegrante juice. Nice tip!

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    Shannon — September 22, 2010 @ 1:22 am Reply

    ha. i have a tendency to get the songs i don't like stuck in my head! this sounds like such a perfect combo of flavors here :)

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    yellowfish — September 22, 2010 @ 5:23 am Reply

    This dressing sounds amazing! I'm on a huge Greek yogurt kick so I've got to try it!

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    Taste of Beirut — September 23, 2010 @ 6:34 pm Reply

    This dressing and the salad that goes with it sound to die-for; except I wont die, I will just eat it again adn again!Happy holidays!

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    Kerstin — September 23, 2010 @ 9:02 pm Reply

    What a flavorful dressing! The whole salad looks delicious and filling too.

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    Kerstin — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    What a flavorful dressing! The whole salad looks delicious and filling too.

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    Shannon — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    ha. i have a tendency to get the songs i don't like stuck in my head! this sounds like such a perfect combo of flavors here :)

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    Dawn — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    I love anything with fig and balsamic. In fact I just bought a tart pan and am trying to find the time to bake a balsamic fig tart. Still need to finish unpacking from my campout!

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