Sunday, January 18, 2015

Citrusy Winter Slaw


Arizona is a great place to live in the winter. Most days can be spent outside, hiking, biking, playing tennis or whatever it is that you like to do. In the month of January or close there after we literally have citrus coming out of our ears. In our yard alone we have a pink grapefruit tree and a lemon tree. Some neighbors have the same but others also have orange and pomegranates trees too. The unspoken system works like this, if you have extra you set some out in front of your house on the curb. Usually they are placed in a large box or crates with extra bags on the side so neighbors can pick and choose what they need. It’s a great incentive for taking a nice walk around the neighborhood.

Anyway when I saw this Winter Slaw recipe in my new cookbook "Make It Ahead" by Ina Garten; I ear tagged the page and waited until January. The salad is a wonderful combination of kale, Brussel sprouts and radicchio dressed with a simple lemon vinaigrette. The day I made this salad I added the dressing about 20 minutes before serving and just let the salad sit on the counter lightly wilting itself. The Parmesan cheese and sunflower seeds were added in right before serving. I made extra of the dressing and the slaw veggies and stored them separately in the fridge for another meal the next day. This salad is a great combination of crunchy, tart, salty and sweet. Enjoy!


Ingredients:

6 to 7 large kale leaves, stems removed (cut into thin slices)
6 to 8 Brussels sprouts (trimmed, cut into thin slices)
1/2 small head radicchio (cored, cut into thin shreds)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 to 2 depends on the lemon itself)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
2 to 4 ounces Parmesan cheese (shaved with a vegetable peeler)
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Salt if needed

To prepare:

Place prepared kale, Brussels sprouts, radicchio and dried cranberries in a large bowl.


In a medium sized bowl add lemon juice, olive oil and honey. Whisk together. Pour enough dressing on the salad just to moisten it, set aside about 20 minutes. When ready to serve, add more of the dressing if necessary. Top with Parmesan and sunflower seeds.

*Because of the Parmesan cheese I did not add salt, thought that it was salty enough*

Recipe slightly adapted from the cookbook "Make It Ahead" by Ina Garten.








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Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

79 comments:

  1. Wow, that is just wonderful - being able to walk around the neighbourhood and pick whatever you like from outside different homes. I'm moving to Arizona! :-)
    The salad sounds just delicious ... and so, so healthy, too! This is a great salad for a get-healthy January!

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    1. Hi Helen, winter is great here, that is for sure, thanks!

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  2. Walking around the neighborhood picking citrus sounds like great inspiration to live in a well established neighborhood and to make this salad. How very pretty and I know it would knock the winter blues out of our meals!

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    1. Thanks Tricia, I am going back and forth right now between heavy and light meals.

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  3. How wonderful to have all that fresh fruit in your neighborhood–I would love that! Your winter slaw looks so fresh and colorful!

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I have grown to really love kale.

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  4. I am sure I would like that book..I have a hold at the library..
    The scones were great and now this.
    I just met a very nice lady from Arizona in Florida.
    Sounds wonderful to have your pick of such great fruits!

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    1. Thanks Monique, this is the best time of year to be here, the citrus makes it even better.

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  5. I love how you share your abundance as neighbour's. This salad looks so colourful Cheri :)

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    1. Thanks Tandy, it is a great way to meet your neighbors.

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  6. Citrusy salad is one of my favourites, a good dose of orange just works :D
    Lovely flavour!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Sorry I meant lemon, I don't understand my head :P

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    2. Hi Uru, I bet it would be good with orange too! Thanks!

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  7. Love the combination of flavors and textures in your salad, Cheri. I gave that cookbook to my DIL...guess I better borrow it!

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    1. It's a great cookbook Barbara, my daughter bought it for me.

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  8. I have to check that cookbook out, sounds like a great one.

    Also, I'm such a big fan of citrus salads, but yours is one of the best I've seen. Radicchio, kale, Brussels sprouts and cranberries with a good dose of lemon. What's there not to love?

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    1. Hi Mike, it is a great cookbook, Ina's always are. If you make this salad, be sure and make extra's.

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  9. I've been making a kale slaw for the past week and it's so addicting! This is right up my alley. :) And being in Arizona for the winter sounds so great! We love visiting AZ. :)

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    1. Hi Marcie, I agree kale slaw is addicting, we had ours 3 days in a row. Thanks!

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  10. I'm totally making this. I have everything I need in the fridge, so this is dinner tonight!!! It's perfect, and I'll just add a shredded hard boiled egg or two for my protein. Yum!

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    1. Hi Susan, adding the egg is a great idea, shredding it sounds even better, very clever!

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  11. Hi Cheri,
    Wonderful and refreshing salads ^-^!

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  12. This salad sounds wonderful, Cheri! We have a lemon, orange, and lime tree in our yard. Thanks for a great way to use the lemon juice. I can't wait to make it!

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    1. Hi Shari, oohh, a lime tree, you have a great assortment of citrus.......

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  13. This salad sounds so refreshing and the citrus a welcome treat this winter. I love how you all share your bounty with each other - such a lovely practice! I wish we could grow here but thankful it is so readily available in markets for us to enjoy. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Mindy, hope all is well in the Pacific Northwest, take care!

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  14. Isn't this season wonderful? We have actually come home from work to find an anonymous bag of Meyer lemons at our doorstep! It's great! This slaw sounds great, too, and very healthy!

    Hope you are doing okay... Hugs from the south! David

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    1. Hi David, yes I am doing great, my husband is still fighting that horrible flu thats been going around...... Meyer lemons are the best, you are so lucky!

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  15. This slaw looks like the perfect ray of sunshine in the middle of winter! So many beautiful colours and flavours. I love the sound of your neighbourhood too! What a wonderful community to live in :)

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    1. Thanks Amy, we do enjoy our neighborhood. Take care!

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  16. It's a coleslaw with lots of lovely colour and your winter's sound rather perfect xx

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  17. I have that cookbook and you've reminded me that I need to crack it open! What a fabulous salad--chock full of so many wonderful veggies!

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    1. Thanks Liz, yes, it is a great cookbook, cannot go wrong with Ina's tried and true.

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  18. Arizona sounds fantastic this time of year, and this recipe looks delish!

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  19. Cheri, this winter slaw has some of my favorite ingredients! loving the flavor combo you got here! yumm!

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  20. This is the perfect celebration of winter produce! And proof that you CAN eat fresh and clean in the winter!

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  21. This is the perfect celebration of winter produce! And proof that you CAN eat fresh and clean in the winter!

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  22. Hi Cheri. Yes, and once you live in Arizona and move to the east coast, its not only the temperate climate of the weather you miss in the winter, but the sunlight! My youngest daughter just returned from a business trip at the baseball stadium in Mesa. Your salad looks magnificent, so fresh and colorful! Funny but this is the second time someone has mentioned Ina Garten the past two days. Delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Peggy, Ina's recipes are always "tried and true", I've always done well with them. Thanks!

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  23. This salad has my name written all over it! I love citrusy slaws - this one looks perfect!

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  24. You make Arizona sound like heaven. What a wonderful place to be!

    Dena

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    1. Thanks Dena, winters are, it's the summer heat that's unbearable.

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  25. That is so nice that all the neighbours share their produce, sort of like a community garden. Such a wonderful winter salad - love it!

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    1. Hi Karen, you know I never thought about it like that but you are right. Thanks!

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  26. Wow, this slaw has such fresh, bright flavors! And is gorgeous, to boot. Really terrific dish -- thanks so much.

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  27. This salad is right up my alley, Cheri. How lucky you are to have all those beautiful fruits available to you! I love the colours - you created a real beauty here!
    I am travelling at the moment so having a hard time keeping up with blogs but I will catch up eventually :)
    PS Your pics are beautiful!

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  28. What a lovely salad that I know I would enjoy. My parents used to have a lot of citrus trees and it was so fun to pick the fruit with my children when we visited. I miss those trees!

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    1. Thanks Abbe, we really enjoy ours this time of year.

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  29. This salad look really wknderful Cheri!
    xo

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  30. I want to live in your neighborhood! We're taking a short break to California in February and there is always loads of citrus on the trees at that time too. I love everything about this salad. It sounds delicious and packed with nutrients!

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    1. Thanks Susan, California has the best avocados, have a great trip.

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  31. This citrusy winter slaw makes me want summer to be here like yesterday! Sounds amazing!

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  32. What a terrific salad! And I love your routine of leaving extra fruit out for the neighbours. I think I'd be walking all the time if that happened in my neighbourhood!

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    1. Hi Beth, we usually walk twice a day, thanks.

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  33. That is a lovely slaw!! So many lovely flavors. I would love to serve it along with a pizza. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Damn delicious!!!
    lovin the citrusy tangy dressing....

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  35. Salads are the best and this one looks like a winner. I might pair it w your coconut shrimp tonight!

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  36. Oh myyyyyyy.
    Superfoods... in a salad... in winter... oh yes please!

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  37. Sure miss the farmers markets in Scottsdale..all year round! I am absolutely making this slaw. I can think of a million things I can serve this with. Just perfect! ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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    1. Hi Devaki, did not see this comment until today, yes, I agree Scottsdale has a couple of great markets, I'm going again this Saturday!

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  38. This looks incredible, glad I found this, I will have to try this in my own kitchen soon.

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    1. Thanks Atlas, this salad is one that we have quite often, hope you enjoy it.

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