Word to the wise.

If you’re going to “paint the town red”…do it with tacos.

And not five two many glasses of champagne, fruity cocktails, and a tequila shot. Mmmkay?


Let’s just say I took this week’s I Heart Cooking Clubs theme a bit tooΒ seriously this weekend when I went to a friend’s bachelorette party on Saturday night.

And then let’s also say that I paid a hefty price for it on Sunday. As in, I couldn’t think, eat, or move until 5pm. And I may or may not have been running a fever.

So…that was awesome.


Thank god we had a ton of this taco filling leftover in the fridge so the.boy could have something to eat in-between my orders for “another blanket”, “no blankets”, “water”, “gatorade”, “get away from me”, “come lay down with me”.

Ever and anon.

Such a lucky guy.


Suffice it to say I won’t be doing thatΒ again.

Although I will need to make more of this tomato and pomegranate salad because not only did I not get to eat my fair share of it, but it’s just so easy to throw together and perfect for summer. A bunch of chopping and voila. Dinner is served.


One year ago…Rustic Rhubarb Tartlets
Two years ago…Martha Stewart’s Lattice Top Blueberry Pie, Peanut No-Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pesto Cheesecake, Pea, Mint and Parmesan Crostini
Three years ago…Roasted Green Bean and Fennel Pasta Salad
Four years ago…Ricotta Cheesecake, Rosemary Grilled Tuna with Zucchini and Eggplant Relish

I turned what was originally a salad into tacos because I wanted to make it more of a main meal, but you could totally just serve it with or without the beans as a side dish.

Tomato and Pomegranate Salad Tacos with Garlic Dressing
Serves 4-6, adapted from Ottolenghi


  • 2 pints heirloom cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 4 medium vine-ripened tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sumac
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pomegranate, seeds removed
  • 8 oz dried beans, soaked overnight and boiled until tender
  • 8-12 corn tortillas
  • 2 oz grated cheddar cheese (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the tomatoes, pepper, and red onion.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, sumac, vinegar, pomegranate molasses, olive oil, and 1/2 tsp salt until ell combined. Pour over the tomatoes and gently mix.
  3. Stir in the pomegranate seeds.
  4. Heat the corn tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds and fill with the tomato salad, beans and a bit of grated cheddar cheese.


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68 Responses to Tomato and Pomegranate Salad Tacos with Garlic Dressing

  1. Simply Life says:

    Oh what a fun idea for tacos!

  2. Sarah says:

    Oh man, I love pomegranates. I bet they’d be an awesome hangover cure. Add carbs, make it a taco – makes total sense.

  3. That salad looks wonderful! Love the taco idea, and it sounds like a great side dish too.

  4. Great idea for the tacos and so easy to put something on the table -right? Glad he was there to comfort you. Feel better !

  5. Bad hangovers, like really bad hangovers, tend to be the worst thing ever. So glad you are feeling better today! And the boy was very lucky to have leftovers of this.

  6. Ugh, I mostly stopped drinking a few years ago thanks to a few not-so-fun hangovers! Hope you’re feeling better today πŸ™‚ And glad the boy had this to munch on, it sounds seriously amazing!!

  7. Sam says:

    I used to make tacos like this (although clearly not as good because I didn’t put pomegranate in them). They were my go-to summer meal. I’m going to have to try them this way next time!

  8. london bakes says:

    Oh dear, I have a lot of sympathy having had a few too many glasses of fizz in the sunshine yesterday. I definitely could do with some moderation at the moment…

    This salad looks like it would be totally restorative though. Love the pomegranate in there!

  9. So unique! This taco filling looks wonderful – could eat it by the spoonful!

  10. I too could eat the whole plate of filling with a spoon!

  11. SallyBR says:

    Oh, dear… There is NOTHING I hate more than a hangover. My last one was 4th of July 2010. Memorable. I played a round of golf under 100F weather and then quenched my thirst with white wine. Next came the 4th of July party. You get the picture. July 5th had me laying on the sofa until about 5pm. Never EVER again.

    on a more pleasant note, loved the tacos!

  12. That Girl says:

    I love tomato salads in the summer. Pomegranate is a great addition

  13. Ooooh, sorry about the hangover. That just sucks. When i recently went to a bachelorette party, i managed to get away with drinking just one shot of vodka and no more. This taco salad though is out of this world. Looks really good!

  14. Ah, hope you’re feeling better! it always seems like a better idea at the time than it does the next day… At least your recovery included these delicious tacos. Something about fresh veggies and tortillas and cheese always cures that ails me. Hope it worked for you too!

  15. Dixya says:

    i hope you feel better..on a different note, this taco is so calling my name – making for dinner tonight minus the pomegranate.

  16. What a wonderful combination of red (and yellow) goodness to top those tacos!

  17. Beth says:

    Ouch! Sorry to hear that you were suffering. At times like that, there’s nothing better than finding something like this in the fridge. (Both for you and the.boy.)

  18. Painting the town with red WITH tacos?! Where do I sign up?!

  19. I don’t drink, mainly because I can’t handle the hangovers. I have only drank until passing out (unintentionally) once in my life and that was enough!

  20. definitely perfect for summer πŸ™‚ aaand, i’ll never do it again = famous last words!

  21. Can you seriously get pomegranates there this time of year? We can only get them in the coldest winter months! Jealous. Your tacos look fabulous!

  22. Eileen says:

    Oh man, I hope you feel better! These tacos do look like a great way to recover, though. πŸ™‚

  23. This sounds fantastic! Love these flavor combos.

  24. Yikes Joanne – glad you are feeling better – that sounds rough!

  25. Lynn says:

    Oh my – a hangover is the worst. Good looking tacos!

  26. Jessie says:

    You poor thing – feeling like poo is the worst. I hope all the vitamins and minerals in this yummy and healthy dish helped out a little. Pomegranate in tacos is such a good idea!

    I hope you’re feeling better today – it sounds like the.boy took good care of you!

  27. Michelle says:

    This is a perfect summer meal. Hope you are feeling better!

  28. Christine says:

    Hangovers are wicked. Glad you’ve recovered! This taco filling would be great with scrambled eggs or better yet, a poached egg on top. Yum!

  29. That salad is so pretty! It’s like summer in a bowl. Love the flavor combination Joanne. Delicious!

  30. Look at those friggin’ gorgeous colors! You really have an eye for a beautiful vegetarian meal, Joanne! These tacos are so creative and cute. Scrumptious meal!

  31. tigerfish says:

    The tomato and pomegranate salad looks so refreshing and appetizing that I can just dig in from the bowl !

  32. Amy says:

    A nasty hangover might be worth it if these tacos were waiting for me upon recovery. Just kidding. Maybe.

  33. Aw man this looks awesome! Wish I had this for dinner tonight. Sounds like a good hangover cure to me!

  34. Holy hangover cure! I will have to remember this…lol!! Really though they sound and look delicious. Hangover or not!

  35. I was skimming through my feedly reader when I really should be making dinner, and I couldn’t help but hop over here…these sound Ah-mazing!

  36. Hotly Spiced says:

    I hope you’re feeling better. I bet you were the life of the party! I love how pretty this salad is.

  37. Blond Duck says:

    I hope you feel better! I’m all about tacos right now!

  38. Deborah says:

    I am so loving the pomegranate in this!! I know I could down these tacos pretty fast.

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  40. Juliana says:

    Perfect taco for this hot weather…looks so refreshing and so tasty…great recipe Joanne.
    Have a great week πŸ˜€

  41. These tacos are absolutely gorgeous! Hope you are feeling better πŸ™‚

  42. We are experiencing a major heat wave and these tacos look like the perfect remedy!

  43. Donna says:

    Only YOU could combine tomatoes and pomegranates . . . and make it fabulous! Happy Fourth to YOU.

  44. Amy says:

    Hope you’re feeling better by now. The change of season doesn’t help much with flu/cold or whatever it is. This Tomato and Pomegranate Salad Tacos with Garlic Dressing sounds wonderful and refreshing. Perfect for the hot summer days.

  45. daphne says:

    I am sure the pomegranate would have added some tang to it! Hope your fever has gone down and u r much better!

  46. Kari says:

    That does not sound like a fun day πŸ™ Ugh. I hope you’re fully recovered now – this surely would have helped – and agree that this is a far safer way to have fun than anything involving alcohol!

  47. Ahahaha. “get away from me” “come lie down with me” – I know this well. Sometimes the only thing you can do for a hangover is settle in and enjoy it and watch some trashy tv. But damn these tacos sound wonderful, I LOVE the sound of pomegranate in it!

  48. Katerina says:

    Yes, I’ve been there too but with no one to yell at haha! The tacos look extremely delicious and you should definitely do them again!

  49. Johanna GGG says:

    nothing like drinking a fruity champagne cocktail and thinking you are just doing yourself a favour by imbibing all that fruit and then remember about the alcohol when it is too late πŸ™‚

    hope the tacos helped the boy to look after you in your hour of need πŸ™‚

  50. What a great idea for tacos! I love these! And ugh, any time I have too much fun at night I pay for it the next day big-time. Being old is no fun! πŸ™‚


  51. This is so freaking unique! I can’t even imagine all the fun flavours this would have. TOTALLY need to try. Also, miss you!

  52. Kim says:

    LOL! I’ve had so many “I won’t ever do that again” kind of nights. I always say I’ll never do it again but then I always do. And let me say, hangovers get so much worse with age. And kids. Having to deal with kids the next day is total torture.

    I love how you changed up this recipe, added beans, and turned it into tacos. Let’s not forget the garlic dressing. Totally my kind of meal!

  53. Zosia says:

    I like using pomegranate molasses and arils in savoury dishes but would never have thought to combine them with tomatoes (and beans and cheese!). Looks delicious.

  54. Nessa says:

    The combination of pomegranate and tomato sounds very interesting and yummy πŸ™‚

  55. Reeni says:

    I’m a lightweight – one sip puts me under the table so I definitely feel your pain! This is a gorgeous salad taco – love this idea! I’m thinking it would be good with shrimp too.

  56. Natalie says:

    I know the feeling all too well…hopefully you’re recovered by now πŸ˜‰

    and YUM to the tacos!

  57. Dining Alone says:

    Been there, done that πŸ™‚ This looks tasty and I love chopping!

  58. Great taco idea! Summer totally makes me crave tacos.

  59. grace says:

    these are definitely the lightest, most vibrant tacos i’ve ever seen. clever creation!

  60. Karen says:

    Looks like this would be good as a salsa, too.

  61. Hi Joanne,
    I love it that you have added beans and had this with tacos! Looks good! I’ve made this too this week for IHCC! Love it!

  62. Oh yeah, I remember some of those “mornings after the night before” and vows never to do it again. Despite all the repeat performances, you do eventually get old enough that you really, truly don’t want to do it again. Until then, enjoy yourself.

    This salad just screams summer to me, and combined with the beans and turned into tacos, seems like perfect hangover cure food to me.

    Hope you’ve recovered by now xo

  63. Ashley says:

    What a fun flavor combination! I love sumac, and it doesn’t get used nearly enough. I’ll definitely be trying these out…although hopefully not after a night of one too many cocktails πŸ˜‰

  64. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I love the ingredients in these tacos πŸ™‚ I bet they taste fantastic!!

  65. Laura says:

    That is seriously yum and seriously unique. Love it!

  66. I like the idea of adding pomegranate to these — and love the photos!

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