Wednesday, June 6, 2012

(Mom's Favorite) Citrus Salad with Fresh Fruit

This is a refreshing salad that goes perfectly along side a savory dish that may need a little sweetness to wash it down.

Citrus Salad with Fresh Fruit

Adapted from Catherine Walthers' Raising the Salad Bar

Salad:

4 C fresh greens 
(I usually use all baby spinach, but you can add romaine, arugula, or any other tasty green)

1/2 C thinly sliced red cabbage
handful of sliced almonds

~ 1/2 to 3/4 C sliced strawberries
One orange, peeled and chopped

~ 1/3 C freshly grated cheese, such as Parmesan or Gruyere 

Feel free to add in other fruit such as blueberries, pears, or apples!

Dressing:

~ 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
~ 2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
~ 1/3 C orange juice

Toss the salad ingredients together in a bowl - I like to use a glass bowl for this salad so the you can see all of the pretty colors.

Using a dressing jar or a small bowl and a whisk, mix the dressing ingredients together. Obviously my measurements aren't exact, so add more or less of each ingredient as needed. My mom always says that you can make any dressing by combing a fat, an acid, and a sweet; all you have to do is balance them out. This dressing is a prime example. 

Once you have concocted the desired flavor balance, toss the dressing into the salad and enjoy!


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