Madam Chloe must have thought I said "bed for a queen."
|So proper. So regal.|
So in trouble.
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.
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.
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.
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