Avocado with Pomegranate Molasses, Tomatoes, Citrus, and Basil

June 18, 2012
3 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 2 to 4
Author Notes

I'M BAAAAAAACK! I hope that was creepy when you read it in your mind. I've been stuck in this really intense, conservatory style, acting program (super fun, don't get me wrong) with no time for recipe-making, which is sad. I've been quietly making my fellow classmates roasted chicken and strawberry jam sandwiches, but when my sister, arielleclementine, told me that y'all we're doing an avocado contest, I just had to contribute! I make a habit of peeling avocados and eating them like hand fruit while standing alone and pants-less in my kitchen. This salad is vegan -- which is so unlike me, as I also often eat blocks of cheese like hand fruit -- but the bright citrus and tangy-sweet tomatoes are full of flavor, especially when backed by the creamy richness of the avocado. I hope you enjoy my recipe. I promise I wore pants while creating this dish. —Helenthenanny

Test Kitchen Notes

WHO: Helenthenanny is the reigning champion of the contests Your Best Dish with Blood Oranges, Feta, and Mint and Your Best Holiday Cookie.
WHAT: Forget statement jewelry: This is your summer statement salad.
HOW: Roast tomatoes until they’re caramelized and bursting, then add them to a bed of arugula topped with a sliced avocado. Dress everything with a sweet and tangy combination of citrus juice and pomegranate molasses. Top with basil for freshness and pumpkin seeds for crunch.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The union of avocado, arugula, and lemon once again proves itself to be irresistible, and now there’s the added excitement of sweet pomegranate molasses and warm, roasted tomatoes. We’d proudly serve this late summer salad at a dinner party, but we’d be just as happy to eat it by the bowlful on the back porch (pants optional). —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup sungold cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon
    1/2 teaspoon pomegranate molasses, divided

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 handful arugula
  • 1 to 2 pink variegated lemons
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 small handful roasted and salted pepitas
  • 2 to 3 fresh basil leaves, chiffonaded
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Place a piece of parchment on a baking sheet (line the pan with foil if you're concerned about protecting it) and arrange the tomatoes in the center. Pour the grapeseed oil and 1 tablespoon of the pomegranate molasses over the tomatoes and rub them until they're well-coated. Sprinkle with kosher salt. The molasses will pool on the baking sheet, so be sure all of the tomatoes are swimming in that pool. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until tomatoes are beginning to burst and look a bit caramel-y.
  3. Lay out a bed of arugula on your serving dish.
  4. Combine the juice of the pink variegated lemons with the lime juice and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of pomegranate molasses in a small bowl. Set aside for a moment.
  5. Slice the avocado into large sections (I sliced mine lengthwise, because that seemed sexier to me) and arrange them over the arugula. Sprinkle slices with kosher salt.
  6. Pour the citrus mixture over the avocado and arugula. Add tomatoes straight from the oven so that they're still warm when you serve it. Top with pepitas and chiffonaded basil.
  7. Take off your pants and enjoy!
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21 Reviews

Stephanie G. September 12, 2022
Great textures and colors in this recipe. Yum!
monica M. June 12, 2020
Delicious! Thank you so much
monica M. June 12, 2020
d e l i c i o u s !!! Thank you so much
Judith S. July 23, 2015
Loved your intro....laughed out loud!
arielleclementine August 4, 2014
Thank you, food52!! And everyone! Helen is resting after several nights of contractions- her first baby, a little girl named Josephine, is due any day now! She is thrilled about the wildcard win and wanted me to thank everyone for her! Also, this salad is delicious! And also, my sister is the funniest person on the planet! And, in a not-so-crazy coincidence, she was pantsless when I told her the news!
lastnightsdinner August 4, 2014
Yeah, baby! (And speaking of baby, I hope we get to meet her soon!) Congrats, Helen - this looks amazing!
AntoniaJames August 4, 2014
Goodness, how did I ever miss this one? Love at first sight, truly. Great recipe, hilarious headnote. Wish we lived in the same area code (or same metropolitan area) . . . . if you're ever in the Bay Area, please let me know so that I can organize a Food52 potluck in your honor. Congrats on the Wildcard Win! I'm making this salad tonight. Cheers! ;o)
Greenstuff August 4, 2014
Need a "like" button. Ditto.
Ascender April 30, 2022
Use the upvote button!
Brette W. December 18, 2013
I just starting cracking up so hard at this headnote that all the other editors stopped what they were doing to ask what was going on.
dani June 23, 2012
Yummy Miss Helen!
jenniebgood June 21, 2012
This is such a lovely presentation - and sounds absolutely delicious too boot!
Helenthenanny June 21, 2012
thank you!!!
LeBec F. June 20, 2012
hmm, this is a terrific way to combine unctuous with tart, and I love the textures. I am def making this soon! thx so much,
Helenthenanny June 20, 2012
Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!
aargersi June 19, 2012
PANTS OFF DANCE OFF! Fueled by delicious salad. Nice dish Helen!!!
Helenthenanny June 20, 2012
Thanks friend!! Pants off is the only way to have a dance off, in my opinion!
em-i-lis June 19, 2012
ooh, this looks wonderful!!!!
Helenthenanny June 20, 2012
Thank you!
arielleclementine June 18, 2012
hahaha!!!! pants!! and yay for a fantastic recipe- it's an inspired combination of ingredients and i wish i could eat another whole platter-full! way to go, sister! <3
Helenthenanny June 20, 2012
Thanks sister :o}