Monday, January 11, 2010

Spanish Salad

The other day, I was having something light for dinner, a frittata to be exact.  You know how in the books they always say, “just serve with a salad and you have a light lunch or dinner”?  Well, I love that.  It sounds so European to me, even though I have no idea if the Europeans have light lunches and dinners served with salads or not.  Mainly because I rarely stray from Soddy Daisy TN, where light lunches and dinners are definitely not the rule. 

So anyway, I was having a frittata and Cuisine at Home suggested that I serve it with a Spanish Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette.  Since I practically always do what I’m told (unless it’s my husband telling me to do something, that I usually manage to forget).  Now, I don’t know what makes this particularly Spanish.  It seems like an unusual combination doesn’t it?  Green olives, oranges, tomatoes, almonds?????  But it works.  It makes a mighty tasty salad, one that is a little more substantial than your usual salad. 

Spanish Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette

makes 4 servings (8 cups)

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 8 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce
  • 4 oranges, cut into segments
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup halved green olives
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Whisk together the oil, vinegar, shallot and Dijon in a small bowl (or do like I do and put in in a jar and shake).

Toss together the salad ingredients and toss with the dressing. 

35 comments:

Fresh Local and Best said...

This looks like a wonderfully refreshing salad. I like the tangy and sweet flavors from olives and oranges.

George Gaston said...

Pam, what a terrific salad! This would go well with the Morocco recipe I posted today. Definitely going to bookmark this recipe. Many thanks...

megan said...

i love the interesting salad ingredients. i love oranges and almonds on salads too, so this sounds great

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

This looks so good! Hey, Pam, Martha Stewart (on at this moment) is all about cats!

Kat said...

I love salad! This one looks so delicious. Great photo of it.

Marjie said...

I have posted about a spinach salad with oranges, almonds and a dressing similar to this. I like the idea of adding tomatoes! And since you once said you don't fly, it's hard to imagine you going to Europe. So I guess we'll both have to wonder whether this is truly "European style" dining.

Maria said...

Lovely salad!

A Year on the Grill said...

what a beautiful photo, and the oranges make a great addition

Katherine Aucoin said...

This salad is like a breath of fresh air...very Spring-like.

Pam said...

So pretty and tasty - yum.

Kim said...

LOL - I always do what I'm told too, except for when it comes to my husband. The salad looks great.

You asked me about the FN mag. I like the design of it (a lot like Rachel Ray's mag). It's filled with a lot of articles and has a good amount of recipes. For example, this issue had a story about how the Neely's designed their kitchen, a behind the scenes of Sandra Lee's new show, Food News, articles of fun or new cooking tools. There are always quick weeknight recipes and usually a feature article on a host (this month's was Ina, featuring 3 of her recipes). I always love the copy that page where I have found the recipe for auntie anne's soft pretzels, olive garden's salad and breadsticks, frozen yogurt, bloomin onion, and my new favorite broccoli cheese soup. I get a lot of foodie mags and it's my favorite. If I was only going to subscribe to one, the FN would be the one. If you like reading the articles like I mentioned above you would probably like it. Have a good one!

buffalodick said...

By the time I get done making a Chef's salad, it's more real food than salad!

Sarah said...

Looks fantastic!

Kasha said...

That picture is so crisp and lovely that I actually tried to grab a bite off the computer. It looks delicious and I might have to have it for reals. Thanks Pam!
Kasha

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Nice-looking salad, Pam... Bet those oranges add alot to the flavor...

Thanks!
Hugs,
Betsy

noble pig said...

Oh I'm feeling so continental and European at the moment!!

La Table De Nana said...

I wondered also why it was spanish:) Spanish olives :)

It looks fresh and delish..I've made a salad w/ clementines and almonds forever..have you made that one? W/ Tarragon? I must admit it's been a while..

grace said...

i was just gonna ask, what the heck makes this spanish? i'm not sure either, but i do know i was inspired to say "ole!" when i saw your picture. :)

merrilymarylee said...

DARN! Should have read this before I went to grocery store. It looks worth a return trip, however.

Jacqueline said...

A colourful and tasty salad i'd say :)

Lori Lynn said...

Oh, I love the ingredients in this one!
LL

Chris said...

Saving this for the summer, I know Alexis would LOVE this.

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

How refreshing after all of this holiday food! Great shot of it too.

Still giggling over that 'Plungerhead' wine label from Lodi! Too funny.

Celestial Charms said...

Looks so lovely. A big plus is that it is light and healthy. Have a great week!
Maureen

5 Star Foodie said...

Sounds like a delicious salad with terrific flavors! I'm loving this unique combination!

The Gypsy Chef said...

Your picture looks good enough to bite into! I love to add oranges and nuts to my salads in the winter but I never thought of sherry vinaigrette. Great idea! I'll will give this a try.
Love your other blog, Sidewalk Shoes 365. I am enjoying the pictures. Thanks for sharing.
Pam

Nancy said...

This looks heavenly. I love sherry vinegar. I think I'll make this tomorrow night. Thanks for sharing.

Joanne said...

I have a feeling Europeans "serve with a light salad" for dinner, but probably not lunch. Since lunch is supposed to be the hearty meal of the day.

This salad looks fantastic! I love the sour/tangy olives with the sweet orange.

maybelle's mom said...

i love sherry. and the salad looks yum.

I must say, I was really tempted to be a smartass and tell you to do something...

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Sounds like a great combo! I would love to learn more about Spanish cuisine this year.

claire said...

Ohh this looks so good.. am definitely making it. Thanks!

comfycook said...

This has all the elements of my favorite kind of salad. Love the oranges and nuts.

Kate at Serendipity said...

LOL, this European serves things with a salad for a light lunch or dinner! We love to do that, especially in the summer when there are all sorts of veggies around to make the salad interesting...

I'm thinking that what makes this Spanish is a combination of things that are typically Spanish: oranges, almonds, olives, and the sherry vinaigrette. that's just my guess...

Thanks for posting this, Pam.

Kate said...

This salad looks lovely and I love the combination of flavors! I am searching the pile for this magazine!

I will definitely make this salad...

Lisa said...

This sounds so awesome, especially since i have been dreaming of Spain this week. I've got to try it!