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This time I’m bringing salad. This salad.
This salad was inspired, believe it or not, by a salad I had at a popular chain restaurant. One of those places where I typically order the chicken Caesar salad “hold the chicken, the cheese, the bacon and dressing. Just bring me some vinaigrette on the side, please.”
But this salad was a total surprise. Edamame, seeds, tomatoes, sweet vinaigrette and dates. Dates! Yes, dates. I’ve never considered adding dates to a salad and I tell you, I have added them ever since.
So I mixed up this sweet ruby-red grapefruit juice based vinaigrette and added some fresh papaya, because I had some. The papaya has this delicious honey flavour, but you could substitute mango, mandarin oranges or even apples.
To add a little bit of crunch and get my fix of super-vitamins I added some raw beets and sliced celery. Don’t be afraid of raw beets. I love chopped raw beets in salads. I don’t bother grating for this kind of thing. Just peel and chop. Raw beets are actually very mild tasting. Very fresh. And a surprise if you are sharing this salad.
The quantities below made one hungry-girl meal sized salad (I did not share). If you were serving this as a side, you could get 2, maybe 3 portions. Just double as needed to serve more.
The dressing keeps well for several days refrigerated and you will use about 1/4 for the salad below, or a 2-3 tablespoons depending on how dressed you like your salad. Keep the rest and use within one week.
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