W is for Watercress Winter Salad

W is for … Watercress Winter Salad – Candy Coated Culinista

I just love when I can get my hand on those winter fruits. It’s one of the few things I look forward to when it’s frigid and icy.

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
Winter Salad

• Watercress, bunch, stems removed
• Spinach, medium sized bunch, stems removed
• Parsley, handful, stems removed
• Persimmon, ripe & sliced
• Physalis, handful halved
• Kumquats, sliced
• ¼ pomegranate arils
• Blackberries, handful
• Extra creamy Danish blue cheese, crumbled
• ¼ cup pecans tossed in vinaigrette
Persimmon Kumquat Maple Vinaigrette
• 1/3 persimmon, rough chop
• 2 kumquats, rough chop
• Splash of apple cider vinegar
• 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tbsp pure Canadian maple syrup

Assembly
Winter Salad

1. Place watercress, spinach and parsley on a large serving plate.
2. Add persimmons, physalis, kumquats, pomegranate arils, blackberries and set aside.
Persimmon Kumquat Maple Vinaigrette
1. In a food processor add persimmon, kumquats, apple cider vinegar, olive oil & maple syrup until smooth and combined.
2. In a small bowl place pecans along with a tablespoon on vinaigrette and toss.
3. Sprinkle blue cheese and pecans over the salad and drizzle vinaigrette.
4. Serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This is a wonderful winter salad with such a great combination of well everything it was a delight to eat. It doesn’t take a little longer than a regular salad; but it’ worth in.

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Spring Superfood Salad

Spring Superfood Salad - Candy Coated Culinista

Spring Superfood Salad – Candy Coated Culinista

This is one of the best cooking club recipes I have done to date and it was so simple and flavourful. I would definitely use this for a dinner party as the salad course; it’s bright and just taste of the spring. See my picture here in their gallery.

Slightly altered from Chatelaine

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 35 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
Salad
• 2 oranges
• 2 red or pink grapefruit
• 3 medium red beets, peeled and chopped
• 3 medium yellow beets, peeled and chopped
• 2 cups baby spinach
• 2 cups mixed greens
• 2 cups baby romaine lettuce
• 1 large handful of organic grape tomatoes (purple, yellow & red), sliced half
• 1/3 red onion, sliced into thin rings
• Handful of sliced almonds
• 100g feta sliced
• Fresh dill, chopped
• Fresh cilantro chopped
• Fresh parsley, chopped
Mimosa Vinaigrette
• 2/3 cup orange juice
• ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
• ¼ cup white wine vinegar
• 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
• 2 tsp agave nectar
• ¼ tsp sea salt
• ¼ tsp black pepper

Assembly
Salad
1. Preheat oven to 425° and roast beets for 35 minutes.
2. Peel the Oranges and grape fruit and slice into medium slices.
3. Prepare all the remaining ingredients and place on a plate.
4. Peel beets and cut in half and the slice about 1 cm thick.
5. You can toss the salad at this point or lay it out on the plate in a nice neat fashion.
6. Place feta on the side.
Mimosa Vinaigrette
1. Whisk all the salad ingredients together and drizzle over salad.
2. Serve.

Tips
• Don’t keep the salad dressing for the next day. The olive oil started to get hard and scab over the top of the dressing, not pleasant. I had made a little extra for lunch the next day and noticed the salad dressing I had put in a container had started to curdle in a sense.
• I roasted the beets as I didn’t want raw beets, but if you like raw beets you can try that also.
• Use any greens & herbs you like, baby kale, beet greens, swiss chard anything you like

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I could have this every day and be quite content. Mr. C loved this salad too, lots of flavours and textures and the dressing which I didn’t have the highest expectations for tasted great. This salad is hearty and eats like a meal. If vegetarianism tasted and looked like this I could actually do it…. maybe.

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