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RECIPE: Liven Up Your Salad

Not sure what to do with that head of lettuce or bag of salad greens? Want some inspiration beyond croutons and grated cheese? Fruit can go a long way toward helping your salad sing.

Everyday fruits such as apples, grapes, oranges and grapefruit, are excellent ingredients. But you can follow your palate and add anything from seasonal fruits to exotics such as star fruit. Here’s an easy yet absolutely delicious salad recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch leafy greens (we love the flavor of mixed
    microgreens)
  • 1 sweet apple such as Fuji or Golden Delicious, sliced into matchsticks
  • Half fennel bulb sliced thin and soaked in water to retain crispness
  • Pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • Handful of sautéed grapes or 1 sliced orange
  • ¼ cup walnuts or almonds chopped (optional)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries (optional)
  • Favorite salad vinaigrette**We love 1 part yuzu mixed with 3 parts olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.

Our fruit-accented salad pairs well with
baked or grilled proteins. Photo by
Jerry Deutsch | THE NIBBLE.

Preparation
1. Sauté grapes in a pan over medium-high heat for 2 minutes or until the grape skins wrinkle.
2. Mix apples with grapes and any citrus fruits you’re including in the salad. The acid from oranges or grapefruit will keep the apples from oxidizing and turning brown. Otherwise, toss the sliced apples in some lemon juice, or wait until the last minute to slice them.
3. Stir all other ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Do not season with salt and pepper and do not dress until ready to serve.
4. When ready to serve, add fruit, season with salt and pepper and dress with your favorite vinaigrette. Toss and serve.

Find other great salad ideas in our Gourmet Vegetables Section.

 

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