My grandmother used to have a house dress, house hair, and house shoes. She made no apologies for boiling her fresh vegetables half way to kingdom come. She sat with her Bible at every spare moment.
I… well, I have a house sweater. It’s big and grey with floppy sleeves and giant buttons. It’s just a house sweater, unless of course I decide that it can handle a quick trip to the store or a quick meet with a friend. It really should stay in the house, as beat up and unattractive as it is… but sometimes it’s just too warm and cozy to part with. I don’t even want to talk about introducing the house sweater to someone that you’re dating. That’s a whole other beast to tackle.
My grandmother would support my house sweater. She’d nod in quiet understanding. She’d also love that I have her Bible on my nightstand, and I read and reread all the bits she underlined in red pen. This salad? She would not understand. It’s entirely too fresh and crisp and… unboiled. I suppose that’s the difference between her Tennessee blood and my California living.
Blood oranges are here and I couldn’t be happier. Every orange is different. The red tinting can be subtle or totally bonkers. Beauty fruit. I’m so into it!
I combined sweet blood oranges with creamy avocado, salty feta cheese, and crunchy sunflower seeds.
Spinach too. Fully of flavor and health. On the real.
This is the sort of salad that you can eat and feel like you’re indulging in a good life. Not like you’re on a diet. Not like you’re depriving yourself of peanut butter cups. This salad is a treat in itself… and totally justify peanut butter cups for dessert.
This salad was inspired by a really lovely book. Tender by Nigel Slater. It’s like an encyclopedia for vegetables with gorgeous, simple, indulgent recipes for each vegetable. I love the photographs and recipe lay outs. Very laid back and personal, but beautifully intentional. The man knows has a gorgeous respect for food.
Thanks sister! Major gift!
This recipe is in paragraph form… that means take it easy and enjoy the process. Just go with it. Don’t have feta cheese? Try goat cheese crumbles. No sunflower seeds? Toasted walnuts would be lovely. No blood oranges? Grapefruit is the way to go!
Spinach Feta Blood Orange Salad
inspired by Tender
Spinach is beautifully matched with citrus and salty feta cheese.
For each person, portion about two handfuls of clean, baby spinach. Peel and thickly slice a blood orange, or whatever citrus you have on hand. Catch as much of the juice as you can and pour it back over the salad with a good drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of fresh cracked black pepper. Toss the spinach with oranges, sliced avocado, a hearty portion of feta cheese crumbles and sunflower seeds. Serve immediately and enjoy.