Monday, May 18, 2009

Salad Greens with Orange Balsamic Dressing

My mother-in-law says that her son - my Hubby can "sleep on a bed of vegetables." (That's my translation from Chinese.) She meant this figuratively, of course. I found this to be true early in our marriage. Hubby can eat a meal without meat (you know, the usual viand or ulam of chicken or beef or pork or fish...) Hubby can eat a meal even without rice (that is, if I serve him pasta, or noodles, or bread). Hubby can eat a meal without soup. But he will complain if I serve him a meal without vegetables. He just has to see greens on his table during meals.

I am happy our kids learned to eat veggies at an early age. And we didn't have to force them to learn. I think this came naturally as we have veggies on our table everyday.

Salad greens is a common veggie we have. We eat them raw, of course, drizzled with homemade dressings. Our current favorite green is lollo rosso lettuce. But sometimes, we have romaine. Depends on what's available fresh... Sometimes we add cucumber, onions, tomatoes. Sometimes we add fruits such as apples, or oranges or mangoes or grapes. The possibilities are endless. What is important is that I create a variety of flavors at every meal.

150 gms lettuce greens
a handful of grapes
a handful of cherry tomatoes
an orange, peeled, segmented
1 white onion, sliced

Wash all of these very well, and drain all the water. Arrange on serving plates. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing.

Orange Balamic Dressing

1/8 t salt
1/4 c orange juice (I use freshly squeezed orange juice)
2 T Balsamic vinegar
1 T Dijon mustard
1 1/2 t olive oil
1/4 t pepper

Mix all the dressing ingredients well. Either by using a fork, or a hand mixer, or shake them in a clean bottle, etc. Drizzle over the salad greens or serve on the side.

This is a delicious, both sweet and tart dressing that is becoming our favorite. All natural and homemade with nutritious ingredients.

Sharing these healthy salad greens with FIC: Food in Color with your personal favorite color as this month's theme. Actually, this is the family's favorite food color - Green! FIC food event is launched by Sunshine Mom of Tongue Ticklers and hosted this month at Tasty Curry Leaf. Check out her blog first week of June for tasty and colorful dishes.

Also sharing these healthy salad greens with SWC - Cooking with Greens, hosted by Sowmya of Creative Saga. Check out her blog after June 6 for the round-up of healthy and delicious green dishes. As Sowmya had said, it is very important that we have our cup of greens daily. I know this dish is not exactly cooked. But greens are better served raw! Then you will be able to get the full benefits of the nutrients present in green food.


Mary Bergfeld said...

I love the ingredients you are using in your salad dressing. It sounds terrific.

Galatians 5:22 said...

I love cherry tomatoes! Especially with salad! I'm gonna try them with ur interesting dressing soon.. :)

Unknown said...

Great to know you are a veggie family.The recipe is simple yet healthy.I am yet to try the orange balsamic dressing or for that matter lollo rosso lttce.Thanks for the heart healthy green entry.

Unknown said...

i agree raw food is more nutritious and healthier..nice salad recipe ..thanks a lot for sending this for swc - greens

HyperBaby143 said...

Hey... I like this dressing.. sounds tangy and fragrant

Soli Deo Gloria said...

Thanks, Mary! Have a good day!

Hello Galatians! Hope you let me know how yours will turn out :)

Hi Sweatha! Hope you get to try lollo rosso! ")

Soli Deo Gloria said...

Hello Sowmya! Looking forward to the round-up! :)

Hi Hyperbaby! I agree! It is sweet and a bit tangy, even the kids like it! :)

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