Mediterranean Orange Salad


This has become a favorite pre-dinner salad over here recently.  Oranges are at their finest at this time of the year.  When paired with chopped dates, pomegranate seeds, red onions, feta cheese, almonds and salad greens they make the best salad!  The orange vinaigrette dressing adds the perfect touch.

Salad:

  • 4 cups mixed salad greens 
  • 2 navel oranges, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/3 cup slivered pitted dates 
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  1. Place mixed greens in large bowl and toss with enough dressing to coat leaves.
  2. Line serving platter (or individual salad dishes) with mixed greens.  
  3. Arrange orange slices and onion on top of greens.  
  4. Sprinkle over the pomegranate seeds, dates, almonds and feta cheese.  
Vinaigrette Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small serrano pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

Combine all dressing ingredients in small bowl and whisk until smooth or process with hand-held blender.  Can be made in advance and kept in a jar in the fridge.  Shake before using.

*You will use less than 1/2 the dressing.  It keeps well in the fridge for a week or two.

Serves 4.

8 comments:

  1. This sounds yummy! I notice that 1/4 cup olive oil is listed twice in the dressing. Is it 1/2 cup or 1/4 cup olive oil for the dressing?

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    1. 1/4 cup olive oil is correct. I have removed the double entry. Thanks for pointing that out.

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  2. This really appealed to me today.....looking forward to trying it.....can already taste it. Thanks!

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  3. This looks 'yummy'. I live alone but had to copy the recipe: I will use this for company. Thank you, Sandy in California

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  4. I am wondering about the pomegranate seeds - do I need to purchase a pomegranate or can I buy just the seeds? And the slivered, pitted dates - do you buy whole dates and sliver them? Also, the Serrano pepper - are they available this time of year? Your recipe looks yummy and I would love to try it!

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    1. The seeds (also called arils) are available in the produce section of my local grocery store. Or you can purchase the whole pomegranate and de-seed it yourself. Score the fruit into quarters; carefully pry into four sections and then holding each piece open side down over a bowl, hit the back of the fruit with a wooden spoon to release the arils. They will fall right out. They add a nice crunch to the salad, as well as beautiful colour and great health benefits! I buy whole pitted dates, and then slice them. Serrano peppers are available in the markets over here but if you can't find them, I'm sure a small jalapeno pepper would be fine too.

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    2. Thanks so much, Judy - I appreciate all the advice and tips very much!

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  5. Oh that looks so good and that dressing mixture sounds like a winner! Oranges in season and fresh maple syrup from around here - what a great combination.

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