Pkhali (Spinach and Walnut Salad)

  • Serves

    serves 4-6


Almost any vegetable can be substituted for spinach in this vegetarian appetizer. In Georgia, roasted beet and green bean versions are common.


  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 12 lb. baby spinach
  • 1 12 cups toasted walnuts
  • 12 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 12 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. hot paprika
  • 12 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 12 tsp. ground fenugreek
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • Pomegranate seeds, for garnish


Step 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add spinach; cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer spinach to a bowl of ice water; drain and squeeze out as much water as possible. Transfer to a food processor; purée until almost smooth, 1-2 minutes, and transfer to a bowl. Add walnuts, cilantro, parsley, paprika, turmeric, fenugreek, oil, vinegar, garlic, onions, salt, and pepper to the food processor; purée until very smooth. Mix walnut purée and spinach together; transfer to a serving platter and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

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