Eden of Wanderings and Wonderings had the honor of choosing the first salad for our Sunday Salad Samplers group. She says she was inspired!
The salad that I made was inspired by Palma and Jerry's creation using blood oranges, so I could call this Palma and Jerry Salad... or Foraging the City because it involved my hunting for my main ingredient... Blood Oranges.
I did not have any recipes, so here goes what came to my mind -
Palma & Jerry Salad w/Blood Oranges
Some greens - use your favorite or a combination of favorite greens
Blood Oranges - at least two or three if they are small
Berries - I used yellow and red raspberries when available
Dried Cranberries - because I had some and love them
Crumbled cheese - like Feta
Roasted candied pecans
Croutons, if you wish
Eden's really simple put together method:
(I found out that slicing the blood oranges and then peeling them with a knife going around the circumference of the slice was much easier than peeling and segmenting them. This will take the most time, so start with preparing the blood oranges.)
On your salad plate or your serving bowl, start with a bed of greens. continue by assembling the ingredients on top.
Just before serving, you can add the cheese and your favorite salad dressing. I had croutons on the side but no one used them.
I made the salad a few days ago. Bill provided the greens straight from his garden. Aren't they pretty?
Then came the berries - raspberries, blackberries, and dried cranberries. It looks like I kind of overdid the berries, so maybe a little less next time. I wish I had gotten some orange cranberries from Trader Joe's because they would have been perfect with this.
Then came the blood oranges, but they proved to be a little problem. I sliced them first as Eden suggested, but then when I tried to peel them, they wouldn't stay together and came apart in segments. So, my segmented blood oranges didn't look as pretty as they should have, but they still tasted good.
The rest of the ingredients are ready to go - avocado, a little Maui onion, toasted sliced almonds, gorgonzola cheese, and the blood oranges, of course.
It turned out to be a beautiful and colorful salad, and delicious too. This one is a keeper!