Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Spring Greens Salad with Honey Orange Dressing

Happy solstice! Summer is here, and it sure decided to come in strong - temperatures almost hitting 100F. Even so, I was able to find a somewhat shady spot on some slightly overgrown stone steps to enjoy a little Litha meal.

Since it's so hot I wanted to make something simple and light, focusing on some of the flavors of this time of year - honey and citrus. I'm especially fond of including citrus flavors, because it helps to link the longest day to the shortest day, another citrus heavy holiday.

Spring Greens Salad with Honey Orange Dressing
4 tbsp light olive oil
3 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp sesame seeds
Dried Basil
Salt and Pepper

Whisk the orange juice, honey, vinegar, mustard and sesame seeds together until combined. Quickly whisk in the olive oil, and blend until well combined. Add in a good pinch of dried basil, and a pinch of dried nutmeg. A little of each will go a long way for this dressing. Salt and pepper to taste. Toss the dressing with mixed spring greens, or just spinach if you like. A few slices of orange on top are a nice addition.

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