11/13/10

A Simple Salad with a Sensational Oil and Vinegar Dressing


Whenever I'm on the road for more than a couple of days, it always feels extra great to be back home sleeping in my own bed and cooking my own food. As much as I enjoy eating out, I truly love to cook and always miss my kitchen!

This time was no exception, so last night for dinner I prepared a yummy shrimp stir fry (quick and healthy) and today I decided to have a salad for lunch. Too many meals out usually equals too many unnecessary calories, so I was craving something light and healthy.

If that isn't beautiful I don't know what is!

Enter my fine friends over at O Olive Oil.. as you probably know I'm a HUGE fan of their artisan vinegars and citrus olive oils. Well, recently they kindly offered to send me a sampling to try and the only problem I'm having is that I love every single one and can't decide which one to use next. Good problem to have, I know.

Honestly, some of their vinegars are so good I could literally drink them straight from the bottle. In fact, there are at least a couple that they recommend you could use in cocktails. I'll certainly be giving those a try.

Meanwhile, back to the simple salad with the sensational dressing.. no measuring needed, just choose your ingredients, drizzle and toss.



Simple Salad a with Sensational Oil and Vinegar Dressing

Ingredients:
mixed greens
dried cranberries
Marcona almonds (or regular almonds)
apple chips, lightly crushed (or fresh apple or pear, thinly sliced)
O Honey Apple Vinegar
O Clementine Olive Oil

Place the mixed greens, cranberries, almonds and apple chips in a bowl. Drizzle O Honey Apple Vinegar and O Clementine Olive Oil atop, toss, and serve. You could add goat cheese and/or chicken for a more substantial one dish meal.

If you only wanted to try one of these - either the vinegar or the oil - I'd go with the vinegar in this case. You could certainly get by using regular olive oil, but the Clementine does add a layer of citrus infusion.

The O Honey Apple Vinegar is just like you might imagine - a smooth and silky apple cider-type vinegar with a hint of sweetness from the honey. The O Clementine Olive Oil has just a hint of mandarin orange infused in the delicious olivey oil. You can find a smattering of O Olive Oil products at various markets, like Whole Foods, Bristol Farms and Gelson's. You can also order online direct from O Olive Oil or from any of the multitude of online stores offering deals.

These are the apple chips I used and they were amazing! I got them from Whole Foods Market
and they're made by Good Health Natural Foods


12 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness that looks delicious. And great photos too! Certainly an awesome alternative to the usual boring salad. I'll have to look into trying this when we go grocery shopping soon.

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  2. Veronica,
    great recipe and photos as always!

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  3. Yummy...welcome home! Have you had any of Round Pond's olive oils or vinegars? We visited their vineyard/olive grove in Napa last spring. They're really fab...especially the Meyer Lemon oil! www.roundpond.com

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  4. The salad sounds awesome!! There is something about a fresh and light salad that just hits the spot after being on the road. They taste so cleansing and that dressing looks incredible!! Do they sell in VA?!!?

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  5. Beautiful colors!!! Looks delicious!

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  6. Your photos are amazing! Looking forward to trying some of those oils. I usually bring salad to family events, and this recipe would be perfect!

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  7. I get in such a rut with my salads. I love seeing a new simple recipe with a great new dressing!

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  8. Nice salad! I love and crave salads all year long! I also love vinegars - my current favorite is from Trader Joe's. It's an sweet orange vinegar, and, like you, I could practically drink it! It's that good!

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  9. Beautiful photographs Veronica. Salads always look great anyway but your photography makes this one look even nicer. We're not blessed with lots of vinegar varieties in Turkey, unfortunately. :(

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  10. I make a salad similar! So good! I've never heard of O vinegar, thanks for the link!

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  11. Sometimes it's the simplest ingredients that can make a great salad. The olive oil table at the Foodbuzz Festival was great too. Their lemon olive oil was fabulous. It would be super on a salad.

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  12. Veronica - absolutely sensational looking salad - what a perfectly wonderful combination of ingredients (gorgeously photographed too, I might add). I am so envious of those gorgeous oils and vinegars you can get. I think I need a trip to the States just so I can come back with a suitcase full of this stuff :-)
    Sue

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