Saturday, December 10, 2016

Nutty Orange & Spinach Salad

Not only the summers but also winters is the perfect time to experiment with salads. Winter is also a good season for Salads due to abundant fresh vegetables and fruits flooding in the market. Nutty Spinach and Orange salad is a delightful green salad which has the right nutrients to keep our body healthy. 

Serving:  1 large bowl
Approx. Time:  15 minutes 

For Salad:
20-25 Spinach leaves (firm & fresh small sized leaves)
2 large Oranges 
8-10 Toasted Walnuts
6-8 Cherry Tomatoes
A sprig of fresh mint leaves
1 tspn toasted Sesame seeds (Til)
2 tbspns toasted Almond flakes

For Dressing:
1 tbspn Olive Oil
1 tbspn Vinegar
½ tspn Soy sauce (preferably light)
½ tspn Salt
½ tspn Pepper powder 
1 tbspn Sugar (or Honey)

For Garnishing:
1 tspn toasted Almond flakes, 
1 tspn Sesame seeds

Lightly toast the Walnuts, Sesame and Almond flakes separately on medium flame for five minutes each or till you start getting aroma. Alternatively, you may microwave the nuts for 2 minutes. Set it aside for cooling. Ensure that the nuts are crisp.

Soak the Spinach leaves in a bowl containing ice and water. Leave it in the water for approximately 15 minutes. Remove from water and pat dry on a kitchen towel. Remove the stems and tear into big pieces. 

Peel the Orange and remove fibres from each segment of the Orange. Also remove the seeds from each orange segment. 

Mix the Olive Oil, Vinegar, Soy sauce, Salt, Pepper powder and Sugar (or Honey) in a small bowl and whisk till the dressing turns slightly thick.

At the time of serving, take Spinach leaves in a large bowl and pour the dressing over it. Marinate the leaves for two to three minutes. Then add the Orange segments, toasted Walnuts, Cherry Tomatoes, Mint leaves, toasted Sesame and Almond flakes. Lightly toss the salad to mix well. Remove the salad into serving bowl or plate. Garnish it with toasted Almond flakes and toasted Sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

1. You may substitute the Spinach with lettuce leaves or use combination of both.
2. You may also add citrus fruits like Kiwi, Sweet lime etc. to add texture and taste to the Salad.

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