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Flavorful Fridays: Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

July 16, 2010

As I mentioned last week, summer is the best time for fresh salads. The markets are overflowing with fresh produce, which is perfect for creating flavorful and nutritious salads. One of my best resources for delicious salads is my aunt. I give her credit for introducing me to salads that break the “just veggies” rule and combine fruits and vegetables into one rainbow-colored salad. Now, everything that comes out of her kitchen–from her pasta to meat–is quite tasty, but she has a special knack for creating memorable salads.

We celebrated the fourth of July with my family, and my aunt once again created a mouth-watering dish. I think I might have even gone back for a third helping of her salad. She was kind enough to share the recipe for her citrus vinaigrette, which I’ve included below. The exciting thing about this vinaigrette is that it goes well with so many different fruits and vegetables. You are only limited by your tastebuds and creativity, so have fun with creating delicious salads to be topped by this vinaigrette. I’ve included the fruits and veggies that my aunt used in her salad.

Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing

Ingredients:

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup orange juice
3 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar (my aunt does 2 Tablespoons of red wine vinegar and 1 Tablespoon of balsamic)
1 Tablespoon honey (use a Tablespoon of honey dijon mustard, to give it a bit of a zing, but it’s good either way)
¼ teaspoon black pepper
This is great served over assorted mixed greens with a variety of vegetables–green beans, corn–and fruits–oranges, grapes, kiwi, dried cranberries, apples, pears, cherries.
Pour the dress over the greens of your choice. Serve and enjoy!
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