Chockfull of goodness, the pomegranate lends itself to a variety of dishes. Beat the summer heat with these easy-to-make, lip-smacking recipes.

Summer is round the corner and with it the need to look for recipes that are healthy, pleasing to the eye and, of course, tasty! I love pomegranates that entice with their luminous ruby colour and then seduce with a taste that is dripping with bitter-sweet crunchiness. Below are some recipes that I came across recently and tried. Many of us get put off if the recipe is difficult and ingredients unavailable. But these recipes are simple to make and the ingredients can be easily sourced. Enjoy!

Pomegranate and jam sorbet

Ingredients

150g plum jam

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tub raspberry sorbet (500ml)

75 gm pomegranate seeds

Peppercorns

Method: Heat the jam in a saucepan with the lemon juice and then sieve and leave to cool. Place a scoop of sorbet in a glass, drizzle a teaspoon of the heated jam and pomegranate seeds. Dust with a pinch of finely pressed peppercorns. The peppercorns add a subtle peppery tang that contrasts with the sweetish tart taste of the other ingredients.

Beetroot and pomegranate soup

Ingredients

40 gm butter

1 large onion

800 gm beetroot

1 pear

Sea salt

Black pepper

1.2 litres chicken stock

22 ml pomegranate juice

Grated nutmeg

Fresh cream

Chopped parsley

Pomegranate seeds

Method: Melt butter and fry onions until soft. Add beetroot and stir for five minutes. Add pear, chicken stock and seasoning and simmer for 30 minutes. Liquidise soup with pomegranate juice and nutmeg. Serve with a dollop of fresh cream. Add parsley and pomegranate seeds to decorate.

I actually let this soup cool because of the change in weather and then served it. Avoid cream for a low fat version! It was quite a hit, so try both hot and cold versions and see which one you prefer.

Pomegranate, apple and walnut salad

Ingredients

Rocket leaves

Radicchio

Mustard greens

Pomegranate seeds

2 apples sliced

3 tbsp roasted and pared down walnuts

For dressing

3 tbsp Olive oil

3 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp Honey

Salt and pepper

Method: Toss all ingredients together. Add dressing when you are ready to serve. This salad has many subtle flavours that blend well together. Radicchio has a slightly bitter taste, which goes well with the sweet crunchiness of apple and pomegranate and the earthiness of the roasted walnuts. The honey gives the dressing an extra kick!