Sunday, March 21, 2021

Irish Flag Salad

A light and refreshing seasonal crossover salad from Winter in to Spring that just happens to be the color of the Irish flag!

Irish Flag Salad

I didn't get this posted before St. Patrick's Day but no matter.  This salad isn't actually Irish but it's pretty, and it boasts the colors of the Irish flag!  Wonderfully sweet pears and segments of juicy oranges sit on a bed of spinach and are studded with bits of feta cheese and chopped pistachios, all doused with a sweet citrus vinaigrette.   

This is the perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken, fish, or steaks.  Add in some protein and you will also have a hearty main dish salad.  Enjoy the flavors of this salad as pears and oranges are so light and refreshing and they go perfectly together.  Then there's a little feta for some bite and pistachios for a little crunch.  Throw in a little red onion if you like to bring a more savory note.  This is one delicious salad!

What Ingredients do I need?

  • spinach
  • Anjou pear
  • Cara Cara oranges
  • feta cheese
  • pistachios
  • basil
  • olive oil
  • lemon
  • honey
  • white wine vinegar

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use any pear you would like
  • Use navel instead of Cara Cara oranges
  • Use canned mandarin oranges instead of fresh
  • Use a spring mix or romaine instead of spinach
  • Goat cheese instead of feta
  • Almonds or walnuts instead of pistachios
  • Add grilled chicken or fish for a main entree salad
  • Use a poppyseed or your favorite light vinaigrette

Kitchen Tips and Notes

- Leave the peel on the pear for texture and color

- Supreme the orange, which is a technique to cut away the membranes to create beautiful slices. Slice off the end piece of the orange then slice off the peel and the white pith by following the sphere of the orange down the sides. Set it on it's side and cut along the side of a membrane toward the center. Then slice along the adjacent membrane until the cuts meet releasing the segment.

- Use in season fresh ingredients for the best flavor
- A mild feta cheese is best for subtle flavor
- Adding crunch to the salad gives it texture
- Any sweet dressing would go with this salad

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Irish Flag Salad

Serves 4

2 Cara Cara oranges, Supreme into segments
1 D'Anjou Pear, cored and thinly sliced
4 large handfuls of spinach
1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
1/4 cup basil, torn into pieces

3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons orange juice
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
salt & pepper to taste

In a large salad bowl, layer spinach, pears and oranges, feta cheese, pistachio, and basil. 

In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients.  Drizzle over the salad, toss and serve.

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