baby spinach, orange & feta salad
I’m pretty much a lousy patient. For starters, I’m notoriously bad about calling the doctor in the first place. Give it a day or two, it’ll pass. I’m sure of it. (That gene’s on my mother’s side.) Frequently I’ll forget and need
reminders nagging to take my medicine, or I’ll fail to drink enough water when I do. And that whole “bed-rest” thing…that’s for someone who’s, you know… sick!
I made an exception this time. Allow me to boast (I may never have another opportunity like this one again) – this time I was an exceptional patient. (Except for that whole wasteful bed-rest thing.) I’ve been fighting (well, not me alone) a very nasty infection. I’m pleased to announce : we’ve won! I took my medicine. I drowned myself in fluids. I ate my spinach. And you should too! (How quickly we turn smug and start to nag!)
Baby Spinach Leaves, Orange & Feta Salad
in a Walnut-Citrus Vinaigrette
Baby spinach leaves
Orange – especially Blood Oranges if you can find them! – thinly sliced
Feta Cheese, crumbled
Pea shoots or seed sprouts
Olive Oil & Walnut Oil
Juice of fresh Lemon
Freshly-Ground Black Pepper
Toasted Walnuts – Optional
For each share of salad, about 2 cups of beautiful baby spinach leaves, washed, dried, tumbled into a bowl; peeled and thinly sliced orange, dropped on top. (Reserve as much of the fallen juice as you can.) Vinaigrette – couldn’t be easier. Equal amounts of olive oil and walnut oil. Equal amounts of freshly-squeezed lemon juice and orange juice. (Start with equal parts oil & citrus juice…adjust to suit your taste.) A few grinds of black pepper, and pinch of flaky salt. Stir, drizzle, toss.
Crumble feta cheese over top. Scatter pea shoots or seed sprouts. Toss around a few toasted walnuts if you like. Enjoy with hot soup and crusty bread.
This is SUCH a refreshing delicious healthful salad…you will not believe til you’ve tasted it, how good that walnut oil is as part of the mix!
Print a copy.
NOTE to my blogging buddies – sorry to have missed so much these last couple weeks. I probably can’t go back and read or comment on everything I’ve missed…I’ve seen such a wealth of it slip by… but I have missed you.
Inspired by Nigel Slater