Monday, November 9, 2009

Jeweled Citrus Salad

I'd been sitting here trying to figure out what to write about this salad, when my four-year-old came up to me to argue the sanity of the tooth fairy. She had a tooth pulled today, and the dentist's parting words to her(after giving her a sparkly little tooth-shaped necklace containing the pulled tooth) were "And don't forget, the tooth fairy is going to visit you tonight and leave you double since you were such a good girl!". Since the sedative was still taking her for a ride, she didn't think to bring it up until now, when she asked me what the tooth fairy does. "She takes your tooth and leaves you some money." "No she doesn't! She gives you another tooth! I'm going to have two teeth! YAY!!!" "No, she doesn't give you another tooth. She takes your tooth, but she gives you money for it." "But I don't want her to take my tooth. Why does she do that?" Oh, why indeed, Ms. Next-Time-Limit-Your-Parting-Comments-To-Something-About-IceCream-Pedodontist!

ANYWAY...I was asked to come up with a salad this past weekend that would go with Raspberry-Walnut Vinaigrette. Mmmm, citrus of course! I love fresh citrus in salads; they look so colorful and festive, especially when paired with plump red craisins. Sweet, salty and juicy is just my kind of salad. I do wish I had thought to add in some red onion, to add a little spice. Next time....

Jeweled Citrus Salad

1 bag mixed salad with raddiccio and spring greens
handful pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 handfuls Craisins
2 oranges, segmented and chopped
2 red grapefruit, same
shaved Parmesan(or you can substitute feta, Gorgonzola or bleu cheese)

Mix all ingredients. Serve with Raspberry-Walnut Vinaigrette


  1. your daughter is darling lol! I can't wait till my daughters talk abou the tooth just got all her teeth and the other one only has a couple so its too soon yet lol. And I love the salad.....sometimes salads get a little drab around here..especially in the fall/winter time.

  2. Such a cute Tooth Fairy story! I love kids! :D

    Your salad is wonderful. I love the sweet, salty, and tangy together!