Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Recipe: Cranberry and Orange Winter Salad

Lately, I have really enjoyed "green" salads.  By "green" I mean salads that are heavy on the greens and light on other add ins.  I make my own salad dressings because I truly love the flavor of vinaigrettes and don't like the taste of store bought dressings.  They are gummy, sweet and bland.  I prefer the simple flavors of vinegars and herbs.
This salad is a great winter salad.  It uses fresh ingredients and has an deep orange kick, from the orange reduction in the dressing.
It is a refreshing taste and a bit unusual.
The dressing should be made in advance as the orange juice has to reduce and then cool.

For the Dressing:
1 cup orange juice
2 T minced shallots
2 T white balsamic vinegar
2 T olive oil

For the salad:

6 cups (more or less) salad greens
1 - 2 peeled oranges, segmented and sliced into chunks
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Make the dressing in advance.
Reduce 1 cup of orange juice in a small saucepan to about 1/3 cup.
Remove hot reduction from the pot and place in a small glass bowl.  Add chopped shallots to warm orange reduction and cool.  Set aside.
Just before serving, mix in vinegar and oil.

Combine the salad greens, cranberries and almonds in a large salad bowl. Toss ingredients.
Drizzle dressing on top and toss.  Season with salt and pepper.
Serve immediately.


piero canuto said...

It sound delicious, I will try it!

DamianC said...

I'm going to make this for our Christmas Dinner salad!
Is it ok to use regular Basamic Vinegar instead of White?

DannyB said...

Any vinegar will work well. The balsamic will add a nice sweetness. If you were using a red wine vinegar or something tart, I would add honey to offset the tang!

Laurie said...

This was delicious!!! Loved it!