No Dressing Salad (winter edition)

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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!

Ingredients:

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.

Flavor Profiles:

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.

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No Dressing Salad (winter edition)


  • Author: Elena
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

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.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 cups of kale (finely chopped)
  • 2 blood oranges chopped
  • 1 mango chopped
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (pepita seeds)
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice

Instructions

  1. Chop kale and place in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Pour lime juice over the kale, making sure to fully cover.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.

Notes

I use my hands sometimes to make sure all of the lime gets on the kale, this will help soften it just a little.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Lunch
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: no dressing salad

Elena

Elena

I'm Elena, the driving spirit behind Savor Paradise, where the Culinary Travel Lifestyle meets unique Airbnb experiences. Join me in a flavorful journey, discovering exceptional recipes and hidden Airbnb gems, as we embrace the adventure of culinary travel.

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