I miss home salad (beetroots, pumpkin, pomegranate)

Sometimes I get homesick. It is nothing to be embarrassed about, is it? I know, I am an adult who’s been living in a foreign country for 6 years and should be tougher. And I am doing my best but from time to time I just want to be around my family and eat a nice Polish dish.

During the years I found an easy way to deal with this feeling. I cook and eat! Not chocolate cake or Häagen-Dazs; it’s an easy to make hot beetroot salad. I should explain that beetroot for a Pole is the same what “jamon serrano” is for a Spaniard. So here’s a recipe for my “I miss home” dish:

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Ingredients:

– 3 or 4 cooked beetroots
– 200 g pumpkin
– 1 pomegranate
– 1 tablespoon of chopped onion
– 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic
– 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
– 2 tablespoons of oil of olive
– salt
– 1 tablespoon of red paprika (the spicy one)

Directions:
1. First, heat the oven to 250ºC
2. Peel the previously cooked beetroots and chop them into little pieces.
3. Chop your pumpkin into little pieces.
4. Add all ingredients into a big plastic bowl and toss them. Add all spices, lemon juice and oil. Make sure everything is well mixed.
5. Leave everything to roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Before eating sprinkle some fresh parsley.

It’s not that difficult, is it. The preparation of the salad shouldn’t take you longer than 5-6 minutes. The salad can be served with red meat if you’d like (or just with a glass of red wine).

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