Sunday, December 28, 2008

Orange and Goat Cheese Salad



I hope everyone had a great holiday and enjoyed time with friends and family. This year for Christmas Eve dinner I did a seafood lasagna. I am quite sure some of you might desert me if I write up one more thing containing orange or orange zest. I love citrus though. I believe citrus is the most underutilized powerhouse of the kitchen. Don’t believe me? Next dish you make, sweet or savory either squeeze some fresh lemon, lime or orange unto it or use a little fresh zest from one of these beauties. It just picks up a dish. It adds a layer of flavor that makes all the difference in the world. The only key with citrus is to add it at the very end. It gets bitter if cooked too long.

This is just a simple salad. It contains only lettuce (your choice), onion, toasted walnuts (pine nuts would be great too), orange and goat cheese or feta. I made this salad twice. The first time I simply used a very good EVOO and a ton of fresh pepper. For Christmas Eve dinner I used a bit of vinegar, EVOO and again a ton of fresh pepper. It was the perfect salad for a seafood meal and pretty as well.

5 comments:

Chef E said...

This sounds lovely, and looks good...

Swestie said...

I like that pretty plate!

♥Reeni said...

I totally agree with you about the citrus. It just seems to wake everything up, and nine times out of ten I forget it! Your salad looks delicious!!

Jude said...

Sounds light and refreshing. I need to get my holiday detoz started.

Chef E said...

I do not think the sprouts are meant to be big, but after soaking them over night and then letting them sit in a shallow bath they are soft but a tiny bit crunchy and go well with cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion as a salad!