dammit, pomegranate: chipotle shrimp with a citrus pomegranate salad

Way before everyone starting touting the pomegranate as the latest miracle wonder food, I was already an old pro at this tart and refreshing fruit. Back in grade six, my mom kept me in fine pomegranate style. I was smitten with the Go-Go’s and smitten with the pom. I only ate tart fruit and my mom figured I needed variety away from the white grapefruits I would normally would eat during the winter, so she introduced pomegranates to my lunchtime routine and I was instantly hooked. I liked that I could eat them slowly, juicy kernal by juicy kernal and share them eagerly with my friends. Now that I’m all grown up, I still enjoy the pom in salads, with yogurt and granola or just plain, kernal by kernal.

Tonight, when figuring out dinner options, I knew that I had some fresh shrimp to use up along with some near-wilty romaine lettuce. Upon closer fridge inspection, I found some oranges, limes, celery, a green pepper, a quarter of a white onion and the miracle pomegranate. Well, it looked like I had the makings of a perfect salad and I wasn’t wrong at all. I decided to spice up the shrimps with chipotle powder and brighten them up in some lime and orange juice, zest and all. The salad did require some time in the kitchen…no one said prepping a pomegranate was quick! But the time spent peeling and picking was well worth it. Cornelius pronounced this meal amazing and I was too busy licking my plate to pay attention. Yes, it was that good. Perfectly light, bright and colourful. It’s like summer on a plate at the beginning of January!

10 comments to “dammit, pomegranate: chipotle shrimp with a citrus pomegranate salad”

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    Joanne   January 8, 2007 at 7:23 am

    It has never occured to me to use chipotle spice on shrimp before, but that is a flavour sensation I would absolutely love !

    Being of Greek descent, I too, grew up with the pomegranate in the household. I would eat it seed by seed on its own, savouring each burst of tart juice.

    In fact, whenever my mom makes her yearly trip to Greece she always brings back a few pom’s tucked away in her suitcase. Surpringly, Customs has never questioned her about them.

    Or they just never discovered them… 😀

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    michelle   January 8, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    Hi there! I love pomegranates too and just learned of a super fast way to harvest the seeds. Cut the pomegranate into halves,pick off any membrane that is in the way, put on an apron, and start wacking the skin side with a wooden spoon. The kernals just fall out! Looking forward to trying out your recipe.

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    maven   January 8, 2007 at 7:18 am

    I recently prepped a pomegranate this way and it worked really, really well. I think the advantage of the water method is: less chance of staining everything in sight with delicious red juice.

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    kickpleat   January 8, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    maven, that is too much work for me! i actually didn’t stain anything cuz i’m all pro-like 😉 but thanks for the tip.

    joanne, chipotle and shrimp are a nice match! yum!

    michelle, i like your way! getting your ya-ya’s out with a wooden spoon on a pomegranate sounds like just the thing for this monday night!

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    jenn   January 8, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    OH this sounds great and I never thought about adding something hot and spicy to pomegranate!

    That looks like a cool way to seed them maven…Kickpleat, how do you do it?? just peel and pull apart. They are always so messy for me 🙁

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    Meena   January 8, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    OOh interesting! I’ve never my salad with pomegranate before, but I think I’m just gonna start doing it from now own. Thanks!

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    jenn   January 9, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    hmmm okay either I totally missed that at the bottom or you added it ..at any rate..super cool thanks 🙂

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    scott   January 10, 2007 at 8:12 am

    The first (and only) time i’d ever had pom was sprinked atop (waffles, or some other breakfast item) several years ago at a B&B…;
    I really liked them, but never thought about what else I could do with them….

    With all the shrimp lovers in this house, I’m going to have to give this one a try. I think my little girl will really enjoy them!

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    kickpleat   January 11, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    jenn, you must have missed how i cracked open the pomegranate!

    meena, pomegrantes go great in salads! i used to make one with lettuce, feta, apples and pom. yum!

    scott, i hope this works out for you! my husband couldn’t stop raving. it really was delicious!

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    cara   January 15, 2007 at 9:58 am

    just found your blog, it’s wonderful and i have a pom in my fridge waiting to be eaten, i think we’re having salads for dinner tonight!

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