Orange, brie and almond salad

June 28, 2009 at 3:23 pm 1 comment

orange salad

One benefit of growing your own food is the constant challenge to find creative ways to sneak excess vegetables into everything you make. Between selecting and planting the seeds, nurturing them through their early days and constantly hauling jugs of rainwater and compost around the yard to feed the plants, it’s a lot of work to grow vegetables. After all that effort, there’s no way I’m letting any of it go to waste!

A couple of months ago I scattered some lettuce, spinach and beet seeds in a planter on our sunny back deck and now we’re blessed with a bounty of home-grown salad greens. And they keep growing faster and faster! This means every day is a salad day. Here’s a salad that I made for lunch today with our fresh salad greens and other ingredients that were handy. It’s a keeper.

Pile salad greens on as many plates as there are people to feed. Top each plate of greens with a handful of almonds, a few slices of brie cheese, some crumbled crunchy crackers (I recommend Raincoast Crisps or the Calgary-produced version called Flats or your favourite gluten free cracker) and one small orange, peeled and divided into sections. I usually leave the inner membranes on oranges – the extra fiber is good for you. Always, always buy organic oranges – citrus fruits are among the worst for being sprayed heavily with pesticides. I like to keep grated citrus peel in the freezer for adding to baked goods like scones and cookies, and you can imagine how hard it is to remove all traces of pesticides and chemicals from the peel even if you do wash the fruit well.

For the dressing, grate some citrus peel from an orange or lemon into a small bowl. Cut the fruit in half, squeeze out the juice and add this to the grated rind. Mix in a teaspoon of honey (local!), a teaspoon of poppy seeds and a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil (we’ve recently switched from the ubiquitous extra virgin olive oil to cold-pressed organic canola oil from Highwood Crossing, which is based just outside of Calgary). This is enough dressing for two people.

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  • 1. islandgardener  |  June 29, 2009 at 10:51 am

    This sounds just delicious!

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