As you may have witnessed, through her creation of multiple recipes of this category, Gabby likes salads! With our Winter garden in full bloom, Gabby was inspired to create a salad using seasonal ingredients from this time of year. A garden has been a great learning tool for both of us, not just in terms of discovering how to actually plant, grow and harvest the vegetables, but also to understand exactly what particular fruits and vegetables go with the season. I often find Gabby asking about what produce is in season when we are at the grocery store or starting to develop a recipe. It makes me glad that she is grasping this concept which goes hand in hand with the locally grown, farm to table movement.
One of her favorite winter veggies is kale, which just happened to be ripe for the pickin’ in our garden so she decided it would make a good base for the salad. We took to the internet to research what other winter fruits and veggies were in their prime and she chose romaine, pomegranates, dates, sweet potato and clementines, which I thought was a fabulous mix in terms of both color and flavor.
We decided to use clementines for the dressing instead of in the actual salad. Their fresh and tangy juice worked well with the vinegar, oil and honey mustard. Almonds were thrown in as a finishing touch and the whole salad came together beautifully!
2 cups chopped kale or spinach
2 cups chopped romaine or butter lettuce
½ cup cooked, cooled and cubed sweet potato
1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
1/3 cup chopped dates
¼ cup slivered almonds
¼ cup fresh squeezed Clementine or mandarin orange juice
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey mustard
2 teaspoons olive oil
Add all the veggies and fruits to a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the clementine juice, vinegar, honey mustard and olive oil. Pour the dressing over the salad, sprinkle the almonds over the top and mix well. Chill if not serving immediately. The dressing can served on the side and stored separately for the salad to keep longer.
Makes 5 servings
Serving size: 1/5 of recipe Calories 110 Protein 3 g Carb 17 g Fiber 3 g Sugars 10 g Fat 4 g Saturated fat 0 g Sodium 115 mg