Orange and Cilantro Slaw
I ran 10 miles this weekend. Farthest I have ever, ever ran. I thought my knees were going to fall out. I hear Ottawa is a hilly place and I understand hills are hard on the knees. There are no hills where I live. It’s as flat as a pancake. So I can’t practice hills. When my Garmin registers elevation changes it’s usually because I’ve climbed up onto the sidewalk. So, to say that I am feeling a little bit nervous about my run in Ottawa would be an understatement. Umm – it’s 12 days away! Twelve days!!
Anyway, I have a salad to share today.
Here in Southwestern Ontario, Spring has been very fickle. It’s cold, then hot, then cold again. Mother’s Day came with frost warnings. So its a good thing this salad is so bright and summery. It makes it almost impossible to feel anything but ready for summer. It’s the kind of salad you want to eat outside. Even if it is too cold to actually eat outside.
Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the cilantro. If cilantro is not your thing, don’t make this salad. Personally, I am obsessed with cilantro. I freak out a bit when I find it at the grocery store and I can smell it. I love to smell it.
And some other information I don’t know what else to do with. There is a part of me that wanted to add a finely chopped jalapeño to this salad. I think the zest and heat would be a nice complement to the sweet orange dressing. And well, cilantro just about begs for jalapeño. But, as I was hoping the kids would nibble on some carrots and cabbage, I didn’t dare. I’ve been accused far too many times of putting something spicy in. And I just don’t want to lie to my children
anymore. I’ll just leave this with you to consider, do with it what you will.
This salad is perfect for a summer potluck or picnic. It will add colour and flavour to any backyard BBQ spread. This salad is easily made ahead and pack-able. Pack the salad and the dressing separate and toss together a few minutes before serving. However, it keeps well and I was enjoying some leftovers the next day. Still crunchy.