Toss together a spruce tip salad with bright citrus fruits, crunchy vegetables, and the unique herbal flavour of those tender young tips at the ends of the branches on the spruce tree in your back yard. (Skip to recipe.)
I know, I know. Here I am with another spruce tip salad for you. I'm not very creative this week, am I? After last week's green salad with spruce tips, this doesn't look all that different, does it?
Well, you're right. This salad actually uses the very same dressing as last week's salad, but I just couldn't help popping in again to share this version, since the brightness of the orange in the salad and the lemon in the dressing do a lovely little dance with the citrus notes of the spruce tips.
Spruce tips are a short-lived spring delicacy, but if you're lucky enough to still have those light green tender tips feathering the ends of your spruce tree branches, you might want to pop outside and pick a few. You can use them even if they're starting to open up somewhat - as long as they're still light green and soft and pliable when you touch them. You can see the pictures in this post to check.
Citrus and Spruce Tip Salad
- 2 large naval oranges
- 1 long English cucumber
- 1 long stalk celery
- 6 radishes
- 2 green onions
- ¼ cup chopped spruce tips
for the citrus vinaigrette
- ¼ cup flavourless oil (like grapeseed or avocado)
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
Cut a slice off the top and bottom of each orange with a sharp knife. Set the orange upright on one of the cut ends, then make downward cuts all around the orange, removing the peel and any white pith. Cut the peeled orange crosswise into ¼-inch (.5cm) slices. Cut each slice into quarters.
Cut the cucumber into quarters lengthwise, then slice crosswise into ¼-inch slices. Thinly slice the celery stalk diagonally, and thinly slice the radishes and green onion. Chop the spruce tips finely.
Combine all the salad ingredients in a bowl. Whisk the dressing together until well blended, then pour over the salad and toss well to coat everything.
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