Winter Salad with Citrus Dressing from the Vanilla Bean Blog
Every week, we’re spotlighting a different food blogger who’s shaking up the blogosphere with tempting recipes and knockout photography. Here, Sarah Kieffer of The Vanilla Bean Blog brings us a bright, citrusy salad dressing to pep up even the gloomiest winter day.
Photo: The Vanilla Bean Blog
Serves 4 to 6
This dressing is on the sweet side. You can tone it down as much as you’d like—there is a lot of room for adjustment here. If you are trying to cut back on sugar, add it 1 tablespoon at a time to the juice and oil mixture until you get a balance you like. I usually use equal amounts of all three ingredients with the tarter citrus (lemon, grapefruit, and limes), and less sugar with the orange dressing. I really prefer Meyer lemons in a lemon dressing, but regular lemons are delicious, too. Honey works well as a replacement for the sugar, just remember you will want to use less, since it has a stronger flavor. A teaspoon or two of poppy seeds would be a nice add-in.
1/3 cup fresh squeezed citrus juice (from oranges, lemons, limes, or grapefruit)
2 to 5 Tbsp. sugar or honey, depending on your preference
1/3 cup olive or canola oil
Mix or shake ingredients together. This dressing is delightful on the salad below.
Sautéed Swiss Chard Salad with Dried Cherries, Goat Cheese, and Pine Nuts
2 bunches Swiss chard, stems and center ribs cut out and chopped, and leaves coarsely chopped separately
3/4 cup Citrus Dressing (above)
Handful of dried cherries
1/2 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
Crumbled goat cheese, to taste
Pepper, to taste
In a medium skillet, heat up 4 teaspoons of olive oil. Add the chard stems and centers and sauté until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the leaves and pour 4 to 6 tablespoons of the dressing over them. Sauté until leaves are wilted and tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the dried cherries and cook for a minute until warm. Turn off the heat and add 4 to 6 more tablespoons of dressing, tossing lightly to combine. Move chard to a bowl or plates and top with pine nuts and crumbled goat cheese, to taste. Add a little pepper if desired.
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