The Ardent Epicure

An Ode to the Pleasures of Food

Pear, Plum, Citrus and Red Onion Salad

It is now officially spring here in the Norther Hemisphere , regardless
 of the weather. So I say a bright sunshiny salad is in order...

You see, there was a Farmers' Market excursion last weekend. And during 
this excursion, I had my partner in crime along with me. My friend Priscilla
of  She's Cookin' and I were forging our way through the local organic
produce at SoCo Farmers Market

And what did I spy amongst the extensive selection of delights? 
These bright and lovely beauties are Manderinquats, a hybrid of the
 mandarin and the kumquat. With a sweeter rind than the kumquat,
and a bright juicy, slightly tart flesh. Delicious!

I have made a citrus based salad with red onion on a number of occasion, 
and it is always a favorite. But this time I decided to expand on that salad
a bit, by adding a few other tasty fruit choices.

I had some other goodies on hand, fresh organic Bosc Pears, a few plums
and some Blood Oranges. Then I dressed it very simply with a bit of
orange juice, agave and grapeseed oil.

What you will need:
For the salad
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 pears, thinly sliced
2 medium blood oranges, thinly sliced 
3-4 plums, thinly sliced 
3-4 manderinquats, sliced lengthwise and seeded
2 ounces micro greens
2 ounces pea shoots

For the dressing
4 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons grapeseed, or other light oil
1 teaspoon agave, or honey
A bit of finely ground white or black pepper

Let's get cooking: 
For the salad
OK, so there is no cooking involved, but some slicing and
whisking will be in order. The ingredients can be sliced any
way you see fit, but I recommend that you keep a consistent
slice throughout. This will insure that each bite has 
maximum flavor and textural appeal. 

Layer the greens onto individual plates, then layer on the onions.
Continue to layer the fruits on top as desired.

For the dressing
Add all ingredients into a small bowl, whisking briskly to combine.
Note: you can make more dressing if desired.
Serves 4

Alisha~Magic of Spice

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