Impromptu Winter Salad

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Author Notes: I was struggling to pull together my salad, debating almonds versus walnuts, orange or lemon juice, cheddar or blue...Everything seemed to work once I decided to challenge myself to make a salad using only ingredients found in my fridge and pantry - no shopping allowed! Our navel oranges and Meyer lemons are slowly ripening, and I was given a pomegranate from a neighbor who has a tree. The fruit bowl was full of Pink Lady apples from last Friday's Farmers Market, so I was good to go.Lizthechef

Serves 2, generously

  • 1/2 cup Marcona almonds
  • 1 tablespoon Meyer lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic wildflower honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger root
  • 1 large, organic Pink Lady apple
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 4 ounces organic arugula
  • 3 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • ground black pepper
  1. Heat a small, dry skillet and gently toast the almonds until they become light brown, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a small, deep bowl, whisk together the walnut oil and lemon juice. Whisk in the honey and grated ginger. Set aside.
  3. Cut and core the apple into quarters. Thinly slice the apple (but do not peel it) and place slices in a shallow bowl. Cover the fruit with the orange juice.
  4. Add the arugula to a salad bowl. Crumble the goat cheese into the greens. Add the sliced apple, toasted almonds and pomegranate seeds.
  5. Add the vinaigrette to the salad. Grind black pepper to taste. Toss and serve immediately.
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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

TiggyBee, this is what the site is all about for me - fun, friendship, inspiration. Thanks X0

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Wow...scrolling down all the recipes, your pic really stands out! Great composition and great color!

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, Mare - I have been shooting food for less than a year and label my photography style as "PSP" - "Point, shoot and pray" ;)

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almost 4 years ago TiggyBee

this is why i heart you lizthechef!! : )

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, everyone - such a simple salad. We enjoyed it last night with a cheese souffle and some crusty bread.

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almost 4 years ago TiggyBee

I just love this!

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almost 4 years ago Midge

Beautiful photo!

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almost 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Perfect! Pink Lady apples are one of my favorite kinds of apples too! And i love the addition of ginger. Oh--and GREAT photo, Liz!

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

belated thanks and ps, your twitter tag isn't working - yet.

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almost 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I think it might be now. Try it again and let me know if it works. I had to do something and apparently had to be on my main PC to do it. Just got home from Yosemite a couple hours ago and did it. I wish I understood computers more.....SOOO frustrating at times. Thanks so much for trying!!

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Gorgeous picture! The salad sounds so healthy and refreshing. Perfect!!

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

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Nice salad! I love it when you just throw things together and it comes out good.

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

You are onto my secret in this recipe ;)

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

I love the Pink Lady. Nice choice of everything.

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

The Pink Lady is a new favorite on mine - crisp and sweet. Thanks!

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almost 4 years ago TasteFood

This is a lovely group of ingredients. Great recipe!

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, but your salsa is so lovely with its heat and colors!

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almost 4 years ago TasteFood

Your photo is great, Liz!

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almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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this sounds perfect, Liz!

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks,Liz, it was fun to use just what I had on hand in the kitchen...

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, Elizabeth - the walnut oil goes nicely with apples, I think -

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almost 4 years ago MyCommunalTable

Love the addition of pomegranate. Never have used walnut oil. I bet I would love it. Always delish how you make things.