Monday, September 06, 2010

Caramelised Orange and Spinach Salad


I had an orange, a bag of baby spinach, two red apples and a bag of sour cherries at my disposal. And I had to create not one, but TWO courses. I think it's fair to say that I was pretty screwed. But a challenge had been extended and accepted and a girl had to do with a girl had to do, right?

And so I stepped up to the plate. Still feeling slightly delicate after Friday's party (some pics here) mind you... Nevertheless I wielded my culinary genius and came up with a beauty of a starter. It's fresh, dainty and citrus-y. And it even ticks some nutritional boxes - the vitamin c in the oranges boosts the absorption of the iron in the spinach. Told you it was culinary genius...

readysteadycookI am submitting this to LadyRaven's Ready Steady Cook challenge as my starter. Watch this space to see what I will come up with for a dessert using one bag of sour cherries and two red apples. It's bound to be interesting... 

PS: In case you missed the other two courses, here they are:
Main - Slow Roasted Lamb Ragu on Potato Noodles
Dessert - Sour Cherry & Apple Clafoutis

Caramelised Orange and Spinach Salad
Serves 2

1 tsp + 2 tbsp olive oil
1 orange, sliced into rounds
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
1 bag (350g) baby spinach leaves
herbs of your choice to garnish (optional)

1. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add oranges and sprinkle with sugar. Allow to caramelise, adding a bit of water if necessary to prevent the oranges sticking to the pan. Turn once to brown evenly on both sides. Remove from heat.
2. Make a simple vinaigrette by combining the remainder of the olive oil with the lemon juice and season to taste.
3. Divide spinach leaves amongst the serving plates and arrange orange slices on top. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and serve at once.

Scatter over some toasted nuts (cashews or pecan nuts) or sesame seeds for extra crunch.

18 comments:

tandysinclair.com on September 06, 2010 10:11 am said...

well done :)

Claudz on September 06, 2010 10:30 am said...

Looks delish!! Great job!

Ally_R on September 06, 2010 11:17 am said...

M, that looks just divine! :)

Marisa on September 06, 2010 11:43 am said...

Tandy - Thanks Tandy. Have some good ideas for dessert too, stay tuned.

Claudz - Thank you!

Ally_R - Tasted pretty good too. :-)

diva on September 06, 2010 11:46 am said...

with limited ingredients, our lunches always gets more interesting and creative. i like this! simple! i love oranges and spinach - i probably need this for a health kick! x

Marisa on September 06, 2010 12:33 pm said...

Diva - Hehe, not sure how healthy this one is with the caramelized bit, but it's the thought that counts, right?

Joanne on September 06, 2010 2:24 pm said...

The pictures from the party are awesome! You guys really went all out.

I love that this salad boasts an additional nutritional boost. Gotta absorb that iron somehow...

Arnold on September 06, 2010 5:26 pm said...

This is something I have never attempted but it looks great. I will be hunting for some baby spinach leaves and then I will give this a try.

Marisa on September 06, 2010 7:38 pm said...

Joanne - Funny, I was thinking of you when I wrote the bit about the vit c & iron! :-)

Arnold - Would also be superb as a focaccia topping I think.

Juno on September 06, 2010 7:44 pm said...

What a gorgeous photograph. I love the simplicity of this salad. Well done.

Faith on September 06, 2010 9:14 pm said...

This is really awesome! Nice job using ingredients you had on hand. It sounds delicious and is as pretty as a flower!

girlichef on September 06, 2010 11:17 pm said...

Nice job! I love the caramelized orange...mmmmm!!

Marisa on September 07, 2010 7:17 am said...

Juno - Why thank you!

Faith - Sometimes we surprise ourselves when we are limited!

Girlichef - Agreed, caramelised anything is delicious.

Katerina on September 07, 2010 10:50 am said...

This is a lovely salad. I like the combo of fruits and veggies.

Kate Morgan Jackson on September 07, 2010 2:06 pm said...

Great great job! Looks scrumptious.

Eliana on September 07, 2010 4:45 pm said...

WOW - you are so resourceful because this looks amazing and so delicious. I'm imagining how it tastes in my head right now.

Leaine's Kitchen on September 08, 2010 3:38 pm said...

I love the sound of this challenge - sounds like such fun! I'll def keep my eye open for the next one. Beautiful salad - so original and creative!

Vegspinz on September 22, 2010 7:32 am said...

Carmelized oranges?? Brilliant! I Bet it tasted really good!

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