Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Italian Blend Salad with Orange Strawberry Dressing and Toasted Almonds

This is a very beautiful and colorful salad which is very simple to make and yet tasty and healthy. I served this salad with sauted onions and baby Bella mushroom. This salad can be paired with any other recipe or meat if you want to. I loved this combination of sweet and ranginess from the salad and buttery, earthy and spicy flavor from the mushrooms. I hope you guys will also try and feel good about it.

Orange Strawberry Dressing:
2 Oranges
1/2 box of Strawberries de-steamed
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 tsp Lemon juice

1/4 cup Almonds

1 bag of Italian blend Salad

Onion Mushroom Saute
1 box of Baby Bella Mushroom, wiped clean with a damp kitchen towel or paper
1 big Red Onion sliced
1 tsp Red Pepper flakes
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tsp Soy Sauce
1 tsp Hoisin sauce
1 tsp Olive oil
1 tbsp Butter (Unsalted)

Italian Blend Salad with Orange Strawberry dressing with Toasted Almonds:
1. First zest the orange and add to a bowl. Then peel off the skin and make sections of the orange and add the sections to the same bowl. Finally squeeze the remaining part of the orange to get some of the juices.
Here is a video demonstrating how to zest, peel and section an orange.
2. Wash the strawberries, remove the stems of the strawberry and quarter it and add to the same bowl of oranges.
3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well, make sure you don't break the fruits.
4. In a pan on medium heat add the almonds and toast them for about 5 mins until slightly golden brown and off the flame and let it cool a bit.
5. This should be done just before serving, In a large salad bowl or platter, arrange the Italian salad greens, and over the top add the Orange Strawberry dressing and top it with the toasted almonds.

Mushroom Onion Saute:
1. Slice the wiped mushroom and keep aside.
A little help with a video on how to clean and cut the mushroms.
2. In a pan add oil and butter and when the butter melts, add onions,mushrooms, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and saute it until they are soft and all the water is evaporated.
3. Add the soy sauce and hoisin sauce and saute if again for a min and serve hot with the salad.

Re-posting this recipe to send to the event "Salad Spread" hosted by Taste Junction