Simply Balisha

Simply Balisha

Friday, March 14, 2014

Freshness in Spring

Coming home from the pool...I noticed the river ice melting, birds flocking, water running along the road, sun shining, tree branches changing color in the distance, and people donning spring coats. Spring is in the air at 50 degrees. Spring always makes me think of fresh...fresh air, clothes airing on the line, fresh scents and fresh salads. Here's a recipe for a spring salad that I enjoy in the springtime.It's from the internet...but it's the same one that I love.

Spring Salad
1 and 1/2 orange, juice only
1/2 lemon, juice only
1/2 small red onion, chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon fine grain salt
4 big handfuls of salad greens, washed and dried
1/2 cup walnut halves, toasted
1/3 cup black olives, (the wrinkly, oily ones), pitted
In a medium bowl whisk together the juice of 1/2 orange, lemon juice, most of the red onion, olive oil, and salt. Whisk together until emulsified, taste and adjust with more salt or lemon juice if needed.
Peel the remaining orange and cut into segments, removing any seeds you might encounter. Set aside.
When you're ready to serve, place the salad greens in a large bowl. Toss very gently with a generous splash of the dressing. Add the orange segments and walnuts. Give another toss. Taste and decide if you need to add more dressing, if needed, add a bit more at a time, giving a good toss between additions. Make sure the nuts and citrus haven't all gone to the bottom, help them back up to the top if needed. Serve salad topped with the remaining red onion and olives.

Along with wilted lettuce...these are my two favorites. If you would like the recipe for how I make wilted lettuce....I'll put it here soon. Today, I won't be making this...we are having fish and will probably have coleslaw. This is the weekend for corned beef and cabbage. We are expecting company...hope he likes it.Well, the fish is waiting...I wish it was fresh fish just out of the water....nothing like it as far as I'm concerned.


  1. You have definitely made me hungry. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  2. I remember Grandma making welted lettuce when I was a kid. I never knew what she did to it but I sure knew it tasted good. LOL!
    Sometimes I wish I had a large spot for veggies but then I think I probably could not manage it and flower beds too so... LOL! Everyone is longing for spring and warmer temps. One day of them already spoiled me. Today it is so windy you would lose a kite. LOL! Have a good week.

  3. Sounds great! Can't wait to see blooms.

  4. Salad on the menu here tonight, and spaghetti with Ken's homemade sauce, and your dressing sounds light and delicious. The next several days hold mid-winter temps for us so anything with "spring" in the name is welcome:)

  5. This salad with the oranges and the citrus dressing sounds delicious. I love citrus. Isn't it nice to see everything thawing out?

  6. This salad is just beautiful, Balisha. I am planning to use your recipe tomorrow. Thank you!!
    We are so lucky to live here next to the sea where we get the most wonderful fresh fish anytime. Wish I could just send some along to you. Do you have a Trader Joe's near you? They have really nice, high quality, wild caught frozen fish.