So I really wanted to call this salad a "Festive Salad" but now that it's past Christmas and the New Year, I guess I'll call it the "Resolution Salad" (and yes, I made it pre-Christmas but I'm only now getting around to posting it). Plus, really and truly, salad's are versatile and edible all year round. Hence, why not kick-off to a healthier New Year with this salad?
I utilized what's in season: pomegranates and tangerines! Which are abundantly available right now and I learned a really neat way to slice the tangerines which makes it look floral and calls for beautiful presentation. And as usual I experimented and created a tangy salad dressing which off-sets all the sweetnesses of the fruits in the salad. Easy peasy!
- mixed greens (baby spinach & arugula) - 3 cups
- tangerines - 3 small tangerines
- pomegranate - 1/2 cup
- goat feta cheese - 3 tablespoons
- red onion - 1/3 of an onion (julienne cut)
- cranberries - 3 teaspoons
- walnuts - 1/3 cup
- brown sugar - 1/2 teaspoon
- olive oil - 3 teaspoons
- orange juice & zest - 3 tablespoons
- balsamic vinaigrette - 1.5 teaspoons
- salt - 1/3 teaspoon
- honey - 1/2 teaspoon
- worcestershire sauce - 1 teaspoon
- dijon mustard - 1/2 teaspoon
Peel your tangerines and instead of separating the slices by hand, slice it the way you would if you were to slice up lemon (full circles). Top the salad with a few slices! Then sprinkle red onions, cranberries, pomegranates and goat feta cheese (you can use any soft cheese).
Set the stove to low-medium heat and add your walnuts along with 1/2 a teaspoon of brown sugar. You're basically making roasted caramelized walnuts, keep tossing for about 2 minutes until it turns to a slightly darker brown and you smell that awesome warm roast, then sprinkle the walnuts over the salad. (I like to serve the salad while the walnuts are still warm).
Drizzle the dressing (beat up all the ingredients listed above in the ingredients section).
If this doesn't call for a tasty, colourful, refreshing and not to mention pretty salad, I don't know what does :)