Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Summer Orange Salad - Perfect for London's crazy weather :)

A request was made to come up with a summer salad that included oranges. I'm normally not that big a fan on salads seeing that us Asians are known to cook a lot of our vegetables. But this was a refreshing salad, with a tinge of warm feeling in it, perfect for any time of the day :)

1 whole naval orange (sliced into bite size pieces)
8 cherry tomatoes (halved)
5 sprigs of fresh coriander leaves (finely chopped)
1 tbsp five spice powder
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 whole lime (for juice and rind)
A bunch of salad leaves (doesn't matter what you have)
3 slices sun dried tomatoes
8 - 10 pitted olives (both green and black)
A knob of butter (approx. 10gms)
A handful of toasted pine nuts (or sliced almonds)
2 slices of ham (any kind) - roughly chopped
freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste

  1. In a heated pan, add in butter, when butter starts melting, add in sliced oranges.
  2. Let it cook on high before adding in five spice powder and sugar. Continue stirring until oranges are cooked through. Let oranges cool on the side.
  3. Assemble your salad with all the ingredients. Be sure to slice your sun dried tomatoes and olives into bite size pieces. 
  4. For the dressing, combine olive oil, pepper, salt and juice of one lime with some lime rind. Stir vigorously or place in a tupperware with a lid and shake shake shake!
  5. Finally pour in cooked oranges and toss!
  6. Voila, you have a fantastic salad for summer!
  7. The ham is optional and can be replaced with precooked prawns or chicken slices.
I had a fantastic time devouring this gem of a meal, light and well balanced and giving you that tinge of sourness and sweetness altogether with peppery bits at the end!

Looking to indulge in more salads soon,
The Innovative Baker

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