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Arugula, Fresh Peas and Orange Salad

A simple salad with arugula, fresh peas, and orange #salad #arugula #sweetpea @mjskitchen.com

This simple spring salad with arugula, fresh peas and orange was inspired by Anne’s Lemon Tarragon Vinaigrette over at A Salad for All Season.  Anne recommended using the vinaigrette over a plate of greens or a side vegetable, so why not both in a salad.  The flavors in the vinaigrette are a nice complement to this light salad with arugula, fresh peas, and orange topped with toasted sunflower seeds.  (Yes, I forgot the sunflower seeds for the photos. Whoops!)

Its flavors and textures make this salad a nice side for just about any meal.  We’ve had it with lamb chops, spicy smoked short ribs, and a Fennel-spiced Ham and Mushroom Pasta. It was a great complement for each of these entrees.

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Easy Salad with Dino Kale, Cara Cara Orange, and Pepitas

Easy, breezy salad with kale, Cara Cara orange, and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) with a light dressing | mjskitchen.com

 

We’ve been making massaged kale salads for several years now, using whatever fruit is in season – peaches, mango, apples, oranges. All are very tasty, but our favorite is this salad made with dino kale, Cara Cara orange, and pepitas with a light dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and honey.  This salad is crunchy, tart, sweet, and citrusy, and it’s SO EASY to make…20 minutes or less.

It can be served with just about anything or alone as a meal.  We really like it with spicy foods, like red chile enchiladas, because the sweet citrus helps to dampen the burn.  It’s also a wonderful complement with grilled flank steak, smoked chicken or turkey, pork kabobs, and smoked beef tri-tip.  It’s also a nice salad to take to picnics and potlucks because the kale leaves hold up to the dressing for quite a while.

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Cara Cara Orange and Persimmon Salad

A simple salad of cara cara orange and persimmon | mjskitchen.com

Cara Cara oranges and Fuyu persimmon are my favorite winter fruits.  It was not until I had a flat of both sitting on the counter that I thought of putting them together in this simple salad.  If any two fruits below in the same bowl, it’s these two.  We have been eating this salad a couple of times a week since November.  By using different flavored sea salts, one can slightly alter the taste of the salad to best complement the meal and to provide a different finish.

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Spicy Orange Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Orange roasted sweet potatoes roasted in ghee and tossed with orange juice and chile powder mjskitchen.com

 

Who doesn’t like roasted sweet potatoes?  There are probably a few people that don’t, but I’d bet the majority of you do.  We certainly love them and have them quite often.   During the colder months, I roast them in the oven, and during the warmer months, on the stovetop.  My usual preparation is pretty much the same as what I use for Roasted Fingerling Potatoes – an infused oil, salt and pepper, and some type of chile powder. However, I changed it up a bit with this Spicy Orange Sweet Potato dish.  Ghee (a type of clarified butter) is used in place of olive oil, and after roasting, the potatoes are tossed with orange juice and then sprinkled with chile powder.  For this batch I used a new chile pepper from my friends at Ford’s Fiery Foods and Plants – murupi amerela.  This is a completely different pepper than the urfa biber I introduced in the Fiery Chocolate Shots – quite a bit hotter and more of a citrus flavor than that of dates. To learn more about murupi amerela or to see alternative chile powders you could use, be sure read my Kitchen Notes.

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Avocado, Orange and Cucumber Salad

Avocado, Orange, Cucumber Salad - A great side for spicy foods. mjskitchen.com

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I don’t remember when I discovered that a dinner salad could be more than iceberg lettuce and bottled dressing, but WHEW- I’m so glad I finally did!  Of course I do have to say that there was a time when iceberg lettuce was the only lettuce you could find at the grocer, thus its past popularity.  But now let’s ponder this question.  Does a dinner salad really have to have lettuce at all? Actually – No.

A dinner salad can be just about anything you want it to be. It can be made with just a few ingredients or a whole host of ingredients, none of which are lettuce. The main thing I enjoy about making a salad is incorporating different textures and flavors, and – in my opinion – the fewer the better. This avocado, orange, cucumber salad is representative of the type of salad that Bobby and I love to eat. It only has three main ingredients – avocado, orange, cucumber, and the dressing (if you can call it that) is a little lime juice, some sea salt and a dusting of red chile powder.  It’s a refreshing little salad that makes a great brunch, lunch or side at dinnertime.

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Sweet and Spicy Citrus Salad

A spicy citrus salad made with orange slices and spicy pepitas | mjskitchen.com

 

Remember those sweet and spicy pepitas in my last post?  Well, here’s a great way to use them to add a little spice to some sweet oranges, tangerines or grapefruit.  The oranges in the picture are Cara Cara’s, a type of naval orange and my favorite orange. They’re almost the color of grapefruit aren’t they? If you haven’t tried one, you don’t know what you’re missing!  I can find them at my local co-op only during December and January so I try to eat as many as I can.  They make great afternoon snacks and salads.

This is a simple salad of orange slices, sweet and spicy pepitas, an herb or two and a simple dressing.

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Triple Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce with three types of cranberries

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If you read my previous post – Cranberry Bread – you know I love cranberries with orange.  Therefore it shouldn’t be surprising to see that my cranberry sauce is a lot of cranberries with a touch of orange.

Several years ago I tried a Triple Cranberry Sauce that used orange marmalade, orange juice, and orange zest.  It was good, but TOO much orange in the sense that it competed with the cranberries.  So with that recipe as inspiration, I started experimenting to come up with the perfect cranberry sauce for family’s  palettes.

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Citrus Salad with Toasted Seeds and Maple Dressing

Salad with oranges, olives, and toasted seeds

An easy citrus salad that can be made with whatever orange type citrus you like best or happen to have at the time. We love it when we can find Cara Cara Naval Oranges, but any juicy sweet orange or grapefruit or combination works. A great complement to spicy dishes.

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