Sunday, December 8, 2013

Clementine Salad with Pomegranates

Clementines can be both expensive and difficult to find as they are only available November through March. Substitute tangerines-honey tangerines if you cannot find them. 

Clementines are the tiniest of the mandarins. Imported from Spain, Morocco, and other parts of North Africa, clementines are a cross between a sweet orange and a Chinese mandarin. They are small, very sweet, and usually seedless. Most people think of clementines as small tangerines, but they're a different variety entirely, with a distinctive taste.

December offers a small window of opportunity to use pomegranates and clementines, two seasonal fruits. This festive looking salad would shine at any holiday meal.  
Clementine Salad with Glazed Walnuts and Pomegranates

Cook's notes: There are many ingredient options for making this salad. I have included them in the recipe. Some time savers are buying pomegranate seeds in produce section as well glazed nuts. 

recipe adapted from myrecipes.com and serves 4-6
Salad Ingredients:
  • 2 cups clementine sections about 6 clementines 
  • 8 TB. pomegranate seeds or 1 package of dried cranberries or cherries
  • 1 package glazed walnuts, pecans or almonds (produce section)
  • 1 large package of mixed salad greens or baby spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup green onions finely chopped or red onion slices 
  • optional adding in 4 roasted pears or avocado chunks
Salad Directions;
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl

Dressing Ingredients:
  • 3 TB. white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. grated clementine zest
  • 1/4 cup clementine, tangerine or orange juice
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp.thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp.sugar
Dressing Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a blender
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Some holiday ideas to make, bake and share.
Candy Cane Reindeer-made with craft materials including brown pipe cleaners

 Christmas Tree Cone-made with a waffle cone, green frosting and M and M's

Reindeer Noses-made with malted milk balls and a red bubblegum
Reindeer Peanut Butter Cookies made with your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe or refrigerated slice and bake cookies, chocolate covered pretzels and  M and M's

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