Thursday, 18 June 2009

Cranberry, Orange & Almond Salad with Orange-Fennel Dressing

June ought to be called Salad, because that's what it is: one salad after another. Most veggies are just getting going, but gardens, market or otherwise, are churning out the lettuce. Spinach too. Not local, but still in season, are Valencia oranges. I found a bag of organic ones for a reasonable price at the grocery store, and remembered how much I like an orange and almond salad - even better with a few cranberries thrown in.

4 to 6 servings
20 minutes prep time

Cranberry, Orange and Almond Salad with Orange-Fennel Dressing
Make the Dressing:
the juice of 1 medium Valencia orange
1/8 teaspoon of orange zest
1/4 cup almond or hazelnut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed, ground
1/4 teaspoon green peppercorns, crushed
hot chile to taste

Wash the orange, and grate a little of the zest into your mixing bowl or jar. Juice the orange, and add it to the container, along with the oil and the salt. Grind the fennel and pepper together, and add them. Add a little chile if desired. Crushed red pepper flakes would be good - grind them with the other spices - or what I actually used was Korean red chile. You could use cayenne, but with a degree of caution. Whisk or shake it up, and drizzle over the salad when it is ready.

Make the Salad:
1 small head of lettuce
2 cups baby spinach leaves
3 or 4 Valencia oranges
1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Wash, dry and tear up the lettuce and spinach, and arrange them in a salad bowl or on individual serving plates. Peel the oranges, and arrange the segments over the lettuce and spinach. Ditto with the almonds and cranberries. If you are feeling meticulous, it is not a bad idea to toast the almonds in a dry skillet first, and let them cool before topping the salad with them. Drizzle over the salad dressing.

Last year at this time, I didn't make but did eat Salade Nicoisish. See? Salad.


Joanne said...

Summer to me screams two things - salads/fresh veggies and walking. Lots of it. I guess that's why I've always tended to gain weight in the winter and lose it in the summer.

I can imagine the orange and fennel together would be great for a dressing!

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