Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Green Salad with Mandarin Oil & White Vinegar dressing

If you are looking for a simple salad that is a little different, this mixed spring greens salad has a zesty salad dressing which is light and refreshing, and an ideal choice after the heavy meals that most of us have eaten over the holiday period.

It takes minutes to make, and was an instant winner at the holiday gala at the Gourmet Fusion store in Solana Beach. Even those who thought that the olive oil pressed with mandarin would be too strong a flavor with the light salad, were delighted at the subtle flavor the oil mixed with white vinegar added to this dish.

To make the salad we used a Spanish oil and vinegar sold in the Gourmet Fusion store.

The oil we used is Mallafre Catalonian extra virgin olive oil pressed with mandarin oranges.

The Sotaroni vinegar is a semi-sweet 12-year reserve white Moscatel vinegar which is made from pure Moscatel grapes that have been aged in American oak barrels. It was the winner of several awards, including the 2007 NASFT Finalist for best vinegar, and when you taste this vinegar you understand why!

To make this delicious salad, all you need is:

1 packet of mixed green salad
1/2 can of small mandarin oranges
2 tablespoons Mallafre mandarin oil
1 tablespoon Sotaroni white Moscatel vinegar

Rinse and pat dry the mixed salad, and place in a salad bowl. Mix together the oil and vinegar and pour over the greens. Toss together to distribute the dressing, and place the mandarins on the top. Serve as a light main course, or as a side dish with crusty bread.

This Spanish oil and vinegar, can be found in the Gourmet Fusion store, inside the Leaping Lotus, 240 S. Cedros, Solana Beach, along with many other Spanish gourmet products.

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