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winter salads


In these darker days of winter I am prone to eat heavier foods. I adore winter stews, braised meats and rich pastas but lately walking the streets of China Town I have been really inspired by the winter fruits and vegetables lining the street side markets. This led me to experiment with some new winter salads. The salads are really fresh, clean and simple and a welcome reprieve after my holiday binge. I tend to use cookbooks for inspiration and then improvise with ingredients. I am not posting the recipes for these yet as I have to work out the ratios. They are fairly simple and easy to work out but I will post soon.

One flavor combination I used comes from Terry Walters of Clean Start. We photographed her book Clean Start a year or so ago and I fell in love with many of her recipes. The maple lime dressing is from one of Terry's recipes. I love the combination of sweet maple and the and tart lime. I always add a little Bhutanese red pepper to it for a little kick. I used it on the Apple and Endive salad with mint but you can use it on just about anything. I took those same elements and added buttermilk and cumin seed to it for the dressing for Grapefruit Breakfast salad. I also used the combination of maple and lime for the Crazy Rainbow Carrot salad but added shaved ginger. I love taking a flavor combination and using it in different ways. 


Maple Lime dressing inspired by Terry Walter's 


2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

The juice of one whole lime ( more if the lime is not juicy!)


  Warning! This dressing is addictive!







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 crazy rainbow carrot ginger salad with maple lime and cilantro


pink grapefruit breakfast salad with maple lime buttermilk dressing with cumin seed 



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I nearly pinned everyone of these salads. I love winter salads. Forces you to try new ingredients and flavor combinations. I particularly LOVE the idea of the grapefruit with cumin. Beautiful post.

01.17 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Wow. Gorgeous. I love how it's the markets that were the starting point for you, and then cookbooks for inspiration. That is my favorite way to be inspired to make new dishes. These are stunning!

01.17 | Unregistered CommenterKimberley

Absolutely gorgeous! So inspiring Andrea!!

01.17 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

It is hard to decide which one of them to make first...they all look so good

01.18 | Unregistered CommenterSanda

Absolutely adore winter salads of all kinds and you have given me so much room for ideas and inspiration here! Lovely!

01.18 | Unregistered CommenterMeeta

As always, gorgeous and completely inspiring! Thanks, Andrea

01.18 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

Beautiful and creative! I have been enjoying kohlrabi slaw, also my favorite radicchio and grapefruit, and soon puntarelle with anchovy and lemon...

Beautiful. Every single photo. Just beautiful and lovely.

Oooh these look delicious! I can't wait ...

01.20 | Unregistered CommenterTali

Andrea, I've visited this post a few times now because it is so remarkably beautiful....and tantalising! The dressing is so simple, but really one to relish...it's quite addicting! Thank you for sharing your dalliance in salads, we are all inspired X

these all sound amazing and look equally as beautiful!!

01.29 | Unregistered Commentercarrie

Wow, great styling in this series. I'm glad I've found this blog!

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