Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful, fun, and yummy holiday season. As the blog moves into 2012 I want to take this time to thank everyone who keeps up with my blog and is brave enough to make some of the recipes. Smiles with Salt will continue to grow this year and have updates more regularly! Also, be sure to look at the “Recipes” page to see links to all the recipes I post.
Now to the good stuff…a healthy, flavorful, seasonal salad to kick off the New Year.
roasted cranberry winter salad
serves 4 (side salads)
lettuce of choice (I used one head of romaine with a handful of spinach)
1- 12oz package of fresh cranberries
2 tsp olive oil
2 oranges cut into supremes (see how-to at the end of this post)
4 oz goat cheese
1/2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic or red wine vineger
juice from oranges
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 275 degrees
Wash and dry lettuce. Tear lettuce into bite size pieces if necessary
Toss cranberries in 2 tsp oil and lay on greased baking sheet or parchment paper lined baking sheet
Roast in oven for 30 minutes
While cranberries are roasting cut oranges into supremes (how-to at the bottom of this post). Cut oranges over a bowl to save the juices. If you don’t want to spend the time cutting supremes you can use slices or rounds
Mix goat cheese and honey, set aside
Make the vinaigrette by mixing oil, vinegar and orange juice from oranges you have cut. Season with salt and pepper to taste
Once the cranberries are done and have cooled, assemble the ingredients for the salad. Serve dressing on the side or toss with salad right before serving. If tossing the salad with dressing do not add all the dressing at once. Depending on how much orange juice your oranges produce you may not need to use all the dressing. Enjoy!
How to Supreme Citrus Fruits
Be sure you are using a sharp knife.
Cut off the top and bottom of fruit so it can sit on a flat bottom
Moving from top to bottom, cutting down, take off peel
After the peel is removed hold orange over a bowl and start to cut in between each membrane. Once you have cut on each side of the supreme it should fall right out.
Continue slicing out supremes until there is only membrane left. You can also squeeze the membrane over the bowl to get extra juice if desired