Salads don’t really have to be boring, nor does it take a lot of time to “throw” fresh ingredients together for lots of great flavors. In this fruity nutty salad with an orange ginger vinaigrette, I cheated a bit and bought a pre-packaged and already washed of greens. Cut up two of my favorite fruits and added pecan nuts. This delicious and refreshing salad was served for lunch.
10 ounces of washed packaged mixed lettuce greens
4 ounces fresh strawberries, washed, tops cut off and then cut into quarters
1 sweet orange, peeled and segments cut into pieces
2-3 ounces of whole pecans with some broken into large pieces
Orange and ginger vinaigrette (yields 1 cup):
1/3 cup orange juice
Juice from 1/2 orange
Grated orange from 1/2 orange
1/2 inch fresh ginger, grated or 1-2 teaspoons dry ginger
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Whisk together the first six ingredients, blending it well. Then continue to whisk while drizzling in the olive oil. Chill the vinaigrette for at least 1-2 hours. However, for flavors to best come together, make it the day before needed.