Music for your Mouth: Agent Orange/Orange Juice


Another double shot of tunes today with Agent Orange – a punky, surfy band from the late ’70s, and Orange Juice – a post-punk, Scottish band. It’s kind of strange to present to you a salad in association with a band whose namesake is a herbicide used during the Vietnam War, but I assure you there are no crop destroying chemicals in this dish.

It’s another throw together simple salad which is great to take along to a barbecue or put on the Christmas table. I have no idea about pomegranates. I had my first taste of them only a couple of years ago – my mum served one with breakfast on a special occasion – maybe Christmas? I have had one since then, not including this one. So I had no idea what I was doing when I was trying to select a ripe one, nor get the seeds out. What a strange strange fruit. I’ve been seeing them in so many recipes lately and I guess I just thought they would look pretty in a salad.


Orange, Avocado and Pomegranate Salad

3 cups salad leaves – I used a mix of baby spinach and rocket
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 avocado, sliced
2 small navel oranges
1/3 cup pomegranate seeds

Juice of half an orange
1 tsp orange zest
Juice of half a lime
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp agave nectar
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp coriander
Salt and pepper to taste

Cut your oranges into slices. It’s probably easier to slice them then cut the skin off – the first one I did I peeled first and then tried to slice it up – it was a juicy juicy mess.

Throw all salad ingredients in a bowl.

Put all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend to combine. Pour over salad.




10 responses »

  1. I love pomegranates in a salad like that but on their own, nope. Can’t handle the seedy feeling on my teeth. I like them in smoothies though. I looked up YouTube vids on how to cut a pomegranate. Who would have thought there was a special technique?

  2. Pomegranates have always confused me a little, but a while ago I found a little pack of the seeds. I am not convinced. I like the taste of the juicy bit, but then it is kind of just like eating seeds. I am not sure it would be worth the effort of actually opening up one properly and getting the seeds out. Though if I saw them in a box again I might grab them as I have a few recipes that call for them in my books.
    What did you think of them? Worth the effort?

    • They are quite confusing, aren’t they? They are also quite amazing the way the juicy little seeds just cluster in there. I guess for me it wasn’t a huge effort, though it was quite a mess with juice spurting around and seeds falling out. I don’t think they are something I am going to ever incorporate into my daily cooking/eating, but I do think they make a pretty salad for a special occasion.

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