Salad Series {post #6} Salad in the Raw – Simple and Sweet!

Baby Winter Greens, Honey Bell Tangelo, Mixed Raw Seeds, Soy-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Pottery handmade by Catalina Aguirre Hoffman

Life sure is sweet at our house this week.
For as many years that I’ve been living in Florida, I’m kind of embarrassed to say this is my first Honeybell Tangelo (which is a cross between a Dancy tangerine and a Duncan grapefruit). How could I have possibly overlooked them?! People were starting to crowd around them at the market stand, stopping to ask me if they were the luscious, super sweet and juicy Homeybells. As the swarm of people started to close in on me, I quickly tossed a few in my bag while the getting was good – having just learned they’re only in season and available for the month of January (and at their peak as I type). I WAS PLEASANTLY SHOCKED at the amount of juice that came out of this little piece of fruit, and sweet like candy – you know when you eat something so good you can’t help but giggle? Well, maybe that’s just me. I was well into my second one, thinking about a third before realizing I had to save some for my salad!

I also found some beautiful little tomatoes from Lady Moon Farm – I’m not sure which were sweeter the Honeybells or these cherry tomatoes. Sometimes I feel like the luckiest person on the planet living here in South Florida, the sun shines all year – which means we get produce that probably many of you have to wait for summer to enjoy…I know, just don’t hold it against me ;)

I’m really loving these baby greens (yes, I did use them in my last post, and I’m sure you’ll see them again before my salad series is over!). THAT’S A GOOD THING, it’s a mixture of baby swiss chard, tatsoi, spinach and arugula, if you can find them at the market make sure to pick some up.

My friend U came up with this raw seed mixture over the summer.  I’m hooked and have completely stole the recipe from her (thanks U!) -  It goes into most of my salads during the week, such nice textures and flavors. I usually have a batch of this soy – balsamic vinaigrette ready to go in the fridge – one of our favorites. A batch of this seed mixture stored in a jar and this vinaigrette on hand – you’ll have no excuse not to eat a fresh green salad every day ~ and enjoy it!

For the raw seed mixture – any combination of your favorite seeds in equal proportions. I use pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, chia and a good amount of ground flax seeds (I grind my own).
For the salad - A few handfuls of baby mixed greens, 2 Honeybell tangelos (or what you have available), mixed cherry tomatoes, a good sprinkle of the raw seed mixture and a drizzle of soy-balsamic vinaigrette (below).

16 Comments to “Salad Series {post #6} Salad in the Raw – Simple and Sweet!”

  1. It looks delicious and so beautiful!

  2. Is it the photography? The recipe? Or is it Kelly? Yes! Yes! And yes! (And so beautifully written, it makes me wonder how I survive as a writer)

  3. I apologize for being a bad friend- I cannot believe that these years have gone by without me bringing you a honeybell. please accept the oversight!The post is beautiful and delicious, I’m making the vinaigrette right now.

  4. I agree with Jerry up there! This is a beautiful salad that would make anyone inspired to have salad for lunch every day. I really want to start making me own salad dressings. I don’t know why I just don’t get on with it and do it! I’ll bet some of those beautifully sweet Tangelo oranges might have spilled over into Texas. I can’t wait to keep my eyes open.

    • Hi Sarah! I think this should be the vinaigrette that will jump start you into making your own dressings :) You’ll never go back. You probably have them in your area – I know there available in CA. You might have to ask for them, I haven’t seen any marked as Honeybells, just tangelos.

  5. What a beautiful salad! It’s art on a plate. And, the tangelo sounds delightful.

  6. Your exceptional photos entice us to enjoy the wonderful serendipity of what the season offers us in your lovely salad. Just exquisite!

  7. Kelly, I loved this salad and vinaigrette. It was absolutely wonderful. It was really easy to make and there is nothing better than a fresh salad and with a new and flavorful vinaigrette. Great job on this, and your photos are amazing!

  8. how do you do ? i always thank you for sending your foodstyling pictures.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    what a natural ,simple salad ! i love this styling.

  9. I’m fond of your so beautiful, aesthetic and amazing photographies ! Congratulations !

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