Mar 30, 2011

Garden Variety Wednesday #2 & Citrus Spinach Salad

Last fall I told The Husband I wanted to put in a bed for greens.

Madam Chloe must have thought I said "bed for a queen."
So proper.  So regal.
So in trouble.
Because she struck a pose much like this one on top of my spinach seedlings.

So much for the spinach plants.  But we did get several nice batches of leaf lettuce.  I guess spinach makes for a more comfortable bed than lettuce.  Didn't know that.

While we had to buy spinach for this Citrus Spinach Salad (and construct a hasty fence around the "queen's greens bed"), I was able to use green onion from the garden, substitute our backyard satsumas for the oranges, and sub pecans The Boy collected from our tree for the almonds.  We also made a second round of salads using a mix of lettuce that survived the dog's sun-drenched power naps along with the spinach.

We preferred the mix of spinach and lettuce--more variation in texture and flavor.

I love the dressing for this salad--the cinnamon really makes it...and makes it unusual.  I also like the pungency of the green onions contrasted with the sweet satsumas (or oranges).  And the crunch from the nuts ain't too shabby either.

While satsumas don't need to be segmented (they do this naturally), grapefruit and oranges do.  Here's a step-by step on how to segment citrus.

This recipe comes from a friend/former co-worker.  Not sure about the original source.

Printable Recipe

Citrus Spinach Salad

For the dressing:

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp fresh grapefruit juice if you like tart, or the same amount of orange or satsuma juice if you like sweet
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp orange or satsuma zest
salt and pepper to taste
1/8-1/4 tsp cinnamon

Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl.  Cover and chill until ready to serve.

For the salad:

4 cups fresh baby spinach, or 2 cups spinach and 2 cups leaf lettuce
1 grapefruit, peeled and segmented
1 orange or satsuma, peeled and segmented
2 Tbsp finely chopped green onion
1/4 cup sliced almonds (I use chopped pecans)

Add spinach and lettuce, if using, along with the citrus and green onion to a salad bowl.  Toss with enough dressing to coat the leaves.  Sprinkle in nuts and toss again.

This week, I'm linking up with:


Tuesdays at The Table

Around My Family Table



Now for Garden Variety Wednesday #2!

Thanks to Cindy @ Hun...What's For Dinner? for linking up her Blueberry Poppyseed Brunch Cake, Brenda @ Brenda's Canadian Kitchen, for linking up her Spicy Tuscan Soup, and Roz @ la belle vita for linking up her Haricot Vert with Roasted Vegetables last week.

Now it's YOUR turn!

Made a dish with something you nurtured in your garden?
Maybe a neighbor stopped by and shared some of his/her harvest?
Have baskets of goodies from a pick-your-own farm?
Found some treasures at your local farmer's market?

Share your recipes and ideas using fresh produce here!

* In your post, link back to Ms. enPlace or grab a Garden Variety Wednesday button and add it to your post.

* Link your post--not your home page.

* Please, one link per person.

* Since growing seasons differ so much even across the US, old/archived posts are welcome, but please edit with a link back or a button.

* Have fun visiting other blogs!

Ms. enPlace

               Garden Variety Wednesday schedule:
April 13 & April 27               July 13 & July 27                  
May 11 & May 25               August 10 & August 24

June 8 & June 22


  1. I can hardly wait for fresh spinach and lettuce greens! Your salad looks just delicious and I love the dressing! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  2. I just linked up my Pomegranate Lemonade made from the fruit off my trees! I can't wait to see what everyone else links up! Thanks for hosting.

    Around My Family Table

  3. I love the idea of cinnamon in the dressing. Looks wonderful!

    P.S. Our farmer's market opens up this weekend. Hopefully I'll be able to contribute something next time around.

  4. Thanks for hosting! :-)

  5. That is such a precious, don't let her be in trouble!
    Great salad :-)

  6. Cinnamon in the dressing.... hmmm, unusual is right, LOL. Will have to try it this summer!!

  7. What a lovely salad. And that first photo so funny!

  8. That salad sounds delicious! The bright citrus against those leafy greens...mmm I'm happy just thinking about it!

  9. That sounds delightful, I would love it with grapefruit!

  10. Woo-Hoo I'm number 100! Following from Roz - la bella vita! I love this type of salad! So refreshing.

  11. Yeah! 100! Thanks, Patti :-)

  12. Such a refreshing salad--love the sound of the dressing--it sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing it at Souper Sundays. ;-)

  13. I had a similar salad while in Texas, but I really like idea of cinnamon in the dressing. I have been adding cinnamon to a lot of savoury dishes with great results. Yum!


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