This No Dressing Salad (winter edition) recipe was made with blood oranges, tomatoes, avocado and pumpkin seeds (pepitas). Such a great combination and refreshing enough to carry you through winter.
No Dressing Salad Recipe
You guys, I’m so excited! I love books and I finally purchased this book called, The Flavor Thesaurus, by Niki Segnit. When working on recipes, I always try to find a good balance of flavors that add salty, sweet, sour, bitterness and a touch of spice to most dishes. My process for recipes usually starts with having an idea for a dish or getting inspired by a recipe. My next step is to do research on my idea, this stage is when I study what flavor profile I can use to take some of my dishes to the next level. Some situations are harder than others so I was hoping this book would help in those times where I get stuck (I was so right).
My first No Dressing Salad recipe was so well received, I get many messages asking for substitutions or other combinations, so I decided to do a winter edition. I had an idea to make a kale and citrus salad, looked in my fridge to see what I had, wrote some initial ingredients on some paper and this gave me a chance to look through my new book for that missing ingredient!
I started out with kale, mangoes, avocados and blood oranges on the list. I already knew that mangoes, avocado and citrus, such as orange go well together, but what cheese should I use for this? I was actually thinking goat cheese but when I looked in my new book for something that complimented citrusy items I was surprised to find cheddar. I just so happened to have shredded cheddar cheese in my fridge. Score! The rest of the ingredients in this salad are onion, cilantro, cherry tomatoes and pumpkin seeds.
To round out the flavor profiles we have a salty earthy flavor from the pumpkin seeds, sweetness from the oranges and the mango, sour from the lime, bitterness from the kale and finally a slight spice from the red onion. Now you have a peek into how I come up with some of my recipes.Print