winter salad with fennel, orange, and horseradish dressing

 winter salad

winter salad

I know for many, winter can be a huge bummer to say the least.  All I can say to that, is when life gives you meyer lemons, use them.  I have managed to work meyer lemons into almost everything I have made this past week.  The are slightly sweet, super bright and well, very lemony.

If you haven't noticed, it's citrus season! I love blood oranges but lust for cara cara even more.  The soft-hued red-orange color and tangerine-like flavor are my absolute favorite.  They pair perfectly with the bite of the horseradish in this dressing.

Salads are, obviously, the simplest of things to throw together.  But a couple of things to keep in mind is that you should always season your greens with salt  (kosher or sea salt) and pepper (freshly ground) BEFORE you dress it.  It's better for all around flavor distribution.  Also, always use your (clean) hands to toss the salad.  This way, every element gets coated and you are way less likely to overdress it.

winter salad with fennel, cara cara oranges and horseradish dressing

6 c or so of a wintery mix of salad greens (mustard greens, mizuna, escarole, frisée, etc)

1/2 c or so of fennel (bulb), sliced very thin

1 cara cara orange, segmented and cut in half

5-6 radishes, sliced thin

for the dressing:

1/2 c olive oil

4 gloves of garlic confit (or 2 regular garlic)

1 T honey mustard

2 T prepared horseradish

1 T honey

juice of 1 meyer lemon

salt and pepper to taste

Blend together all of the ingredients for the dressing and toss with the salad greens.

 winter salad

winter salad