Chayote and Apple Salad with Pomegranates in a Jalapeno-Lime Vinaigrette

Cabbage is quickly losing its appeal around here. Spring is in the air and I’m getting itchy for spring greens. I gave our local cabbage a fair shake for the last two months, consuming it almost everyday. Slaws in various guises from red to green and in combination; stir fries, gingery, garlicky and flecked with sesame oil; colcannon one evening, I rocked it all.  If there was a punch card involved, surely I would get the free bagel by now. Locally made of course.
For a change of pace, I returned to one of my favourite salads using the Mexican chayote squash in tandem with local and last-of-the-season Royal Gala apples. Bursting with crunch and brightness on the palate, the two are tossed together in a jalapeno-lime vinaigrette before serving (recipe below). For a blast of colour, a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds, adds tang and sets the whole dish off.Chayote is readily available almost year round on the westcoast, where I live, and in Mexico, where I visit frequently.  I cubed it this time around, but it’s also wonderful julienned into strips for a slaw, that envies anything that the chou chou might be involved in at the moment. Chayote is great paired with julienned jicama, another Mexican favourite, with apples, or orange sections, and tossed in my very favourite vinaigrette. Simply peel the chayote before using, and be aware, that the pit is completely edible as well.


Shelora’s Jalapeno-Lime Vinaigrette
Makes 3/4 cup

6 tsp. lime juice
1 tsp. wildflower honey
2 tsp. dijon mustard
1/4 cup water
1 medium size jalapeno, stem and seeds removed
4 Tbsp. olive oil
salt and pepper

Roughly chop the stemmed and seeded jalapenos in pieces. In a blender, or food processor, add the chile, dijon, honey and lime juice, and puree.
Add the water, salt and pepper and with the blender or processor running, slowly add the olive oil until well incorporated.
Pour into a jar or other lidded container and refrigerate until ready to use. Shake before using.





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