This beautiful, yet simple salad is a cut above the ordinary—stunning with its range of colors and flavors. Orange, beet and arugula are a classic combination, and the fennel seed adds a pleasant crunch and hint of licorice flavor. If you don’t enjoy the taste of fennel, substitute a sprinkling of toasted walnuts.
Kale salads are all the rage these days—packed with uber-healthy, raw nutrients. Still, some diners remain on the fence, given the leaf’s chewy texture. Kale lovers know a few tricks to soften things up and win the skeptics over. A few fruity additions are sure to help.
Fennel and orange are magical together. Toss in some fresh spinach, feta and olives. You’re set. If you’re not a huge fan of raw fennel, no matter. Add half of a bulb instead of a whole one and increase the amount of spinach. Either way is a winning combination.
In summer months one of our favorite salads is an Italian bread cube and tomato-studded masterpiece, called Panzanella. It’s made with day-old bread that’s firm and crisp, and soaks up the juicy tomato goodness creating a sweet and crunchy-soft bite. In this winter version, orange takes the place of the tomato, creating a different sort of sweet that’s every bit as good, if not traditional. We toss in some of the season’s favorite partners as well — roasted beets, crisp romaine lettuce and fresh herbs like parsley, arugula and cilantro. Continue reading
A vitamin-laden cupful — kale and lettuce offer vibrant green color as well as bright, fresh flavor. You can vary the fruit — add an apple, pear, or even fresh pineapple. Try tangerines instead of oranges. Purée in the blender for a thick fiber-rich pour or toss into a fruit and vegetable juicer for a smoother drink. The optional ginger offers a tropical, sweet-spicy boost that compliments the mango. You can vary the green as you like — a touch of arugula lends a peppery kick, spinach offers a more delicate texture and deeper green hue. Continue reading