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Sophie’s seasonal salad, with a vegan & GF avocado, coriander & orange dressing! ( Vegan option too! )

on 07/06/2013
Divine & seasonal!

Divine & seasonal!

Yesterday, I made this fabulous & amazing seasonal salad. You can make it totally vegan if you leave out the smoked herring! 😉 Yeah! This salad has everything you want in a salad. It is crunchy, tasty, a bit bitter & a bit sweeter with a deliciously avocado, orange juice & fresh coriander leaves yoghurt dressing. It goes so well with the fresh orange slices, the crunchy toasted pine nuts  & everything else! I used unsweetened soy yoghurt in the tasty avocado coriander dressing! I used 2 ingredients from my garden in here,…

This salad is great for a dinner party in the Summer when you eat on the terrace or in your garden, on a Sunny evening! Check these beauties out! Enjoy! 😉

Yummy! Yummy! Yummy! Perfect for entertaining!

Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!
Perfect for entertaining!

Tasty vegan & Gf avocado, yoghurt & fresh coriander orange dressing! It looks like real mayo with herbs, doesn't it???

It looks like real mayo with herbs, doesn’t it??? Don’t let the looks deceive you,…! 🙂

Recipe: For 2 persons

Ingredients:

250 gr smaller witloof ( Belgian endive ), cleaned, hard bottom cut off & hard, bitter inner part cut out, leaves used like that. They are like little boats. See pic above! Prepare them just 10 minutes before serving, because they can go brown a bit after cutting!

4 teaspoons dark raisins

2 fresh oranges, peeled & sliced horizontally into bigger slices ( pits & white parts removed ! ) You needd 3 ticker parts per plate/ keep the rest for later use!

18 young Swiss chard leaves, with multicoloured stems,  I used them from my garden, cleaned, the stems cut up into smaller pieces with scissors

1/3 cup toasted pine nuts/ How to roast them? Take a fitting non-stick pan & heat up on low. Place your pine nuts in here, in 1 layer in it. After a few minutes, the nuts begin to get brownish in colour & will get fragrant. Turn the heat onto lower but don’t let the nuts burn,…Turn them over & they must be brownish on both sides! Turn the heat off. Now, you have toasted pine nuts!

80 gr of smoked herring fillets: take the skin off, you don’t want to eat that, cut into smaller bite-sided pieces

1/2 handful of fresh garden cress ( tuinkers ), I used home-grown!

* For the avocado-yoghurt-coriander-orange dressing: ( Vegan & Gluten-free ):

1 ripe avocado, peeled & big stone removed, flesh scooped out with a large spoon

juice of 1/2 lime

50 ml fresh orange juice ( justly squeezed )

150 ml of unsweetened soy yoghurt

25 gr of fresh cleaned coriander ( cilantro ) leaves, stalks & leaves used here, torn into smaller pieces

Black pepper

Maldon sea salt

Method:

1. Take your food processor  & add avocado flesh, pour your lime juice over here, not more than that!!! Add fresh coriander, orange juice, soy yoghurt & 5 grins of black pepper & 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Mix or pulse on low-speed until you will get a consistency like above. Taste! It has to taste fabulous! You must taste the yoghurt, the coriander & the orange juice in here! The avocado makes it all smooth & luscious! I added 10 grins of black pepper & another 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Pulse again. You want to see green spots all over & in your sauce. Taste again! Yummy, not? I poured my sauce into a serving sauce pot & placed cling film over it & put it in the fridge to stiff up a bit, like 15 to 30 minutes, to cool off a bit & to be a bit more thick!!!

2. After your dressing has been in the fridge, plate it all up. Take 2 white large plates & place your witloof boats, on top of each plate, in a row, see picture above! On the lower half, place your Swiss Chard leaves, in half a bow, see picture above! Then scatter your 4 teaspoons of raisins over the top of the witloof, onto each plate 2 teaspoons. Divide your toasted pine nuts all over each plate, all over the salad. Place garden cress, evenly divided, onto each plate , in the middle. Place your 3 orange slices, onto each plate, in the middle & on each side. Scatter the raw Swiss chard stem pieces, over the top of your witloof, onto each plate. It already looks very colourful, hey? Now, scatter your smoked herring pieces all over your salad, but not too much. Smoked herring can be over powering, so you must not add too much! 80 gr in total, 40 gr onto each plate is enough!!! Finally, take your sauce out of the fridge & mingle everything well with a spoon, ladle your dressing, over the bottom half of your plate, onto the Swiss chard leaves & enjoy instantly, with a loved one, in your garden, on the terrace! 🙂 Afterwards, I added more sauce! Happy eating! xxx

 

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64 responses to “Sophie’s seasonal salad, with a vegan & GF avocado, coriander & orange dressing! ( Vegan option too! )

  1. Tandy says:

    Love the dressing!

  2. junglefrog says:

    Nice salad Sophie! Looks delicious!

  3. Amber says:

    What a gorgeous salad!

  4. Poppy says:

    I love the sound of that dressing and it looks very rich and flavourful 🙂

  5. Oh yum, that looks good!!

  6. Liz says:

    oh, that is pretty. orange and avocado is such a good pairing. Tell me more about your garden–what do you grow?

    • Sophie33 says:

      Hey, Liz! Thanks you, it is fun creating recipes, I love it! I grow cherry tomatos, different lettuces, Swiss chards, spinach, edible flowers, aubergines, pumpkins & red hot chili peppers! I also grow thornless blackberries & soms strawberries!

  7. That dressing sounds way too fantastic. Pinned it so I can find it next time I make a grocery list! Yummm!

  8. I love the way you mad the title as ‘seasonal” ingredient….
    wow, i love the idea making a orange and corriander dressing!

  9. redrice57 says:

    Love your photos, Sophie. Great recipe. You must come over and visit us in Hampshire!

  10. I love avocados so darn much. Looks like a great fresh recipe!

  11. Yum! This looks really good! 🙂

  12. twbarritt says:

    What a beautiful salad! I have so much fun in the spring and summer combining all the colors and textures available into beautiful salads. I love the combination of fruit and vegetables! Good job!

  13. hotlyspiced says:

    I love the look of the dressing but Sophie, where did you get the gorgeous spoon? That would be so handy xx

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thanks, Charlie! That special spoon was delivered by that lovely white sauce pot. It can sit on the edge of the sauce pot for easy use! It was a cool gift from my aunt who lives in Spain. She bought it there! 😉 Thanks! x

  14. Susanne Haun says:

    It looks great! And I’am hungy now!

  15. boeddhamum says:

    Nice flavours, Sophie!! So good on a sunny day in the garden; I hope your plants are enjoying the sun too!!

    • Sophie33 says:

      yes, but they don’t like too much sun in our garden, my friend! We have a micro-climat on our walled garden! 🙂 Enjoy this tasty salad, Linda & it is all also GF!

  16. I totally love the dressing!

  17. Tammy says:

    I also love the dressing. Love that you put coriander in it.

  18. Only one week of school left here– I’m ready for summer salads and this looks great! thanks Sophie~

  19. scott2608 says:

    Sounds great and looks very refreshing!

  20. lou says:

    Hello Sophie,
    What a delicious salad.and very original. well done!
    Mamalou

  21. Bernice says:

    This looks absolutely fabulous! I never had herring but I might use grilled chicken sliced. I love salads packed with yummy ingredients in the summer.

    • Sophie33 says:

      Grilled chicken must taste good too. I must try that! Smoked mackerel woud be nice as a tasty replacement! 🙂 Yummy too!

  22. Liz says:

    This salad looks great, is healthy and the photos are great too. Thanks for visiting me! and liking my post!!!

  23. What a delicate balance of extremes, all in one harmonious salad! Bitter, sweet, spicy, and savory, plus the crunchy and creamy textures, it sounds like every bite is a little bit different. Definitely not something you could get bored eating!

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thanks so much, Hannah! That’s exactly what I am talking about! You really get it here! Thank you! xxx

  24. lefoodsnob says:

    Certainly does look like real mayo with herbs! That salad looks delish! And I’m not even much of a salad fan. 🙂

  25. Ina Gawne says:

    Delicious looking salad Sophie! Love all the flavors going on here!

  26. Amy Jo says:

    Sophie, Beautiful salad! That avocado dressing is on my list of things to do now.

  27. summerraspberries says:

    Hmmmm this salad looks good!

  28. Koko says:

    This salad is the perfect meal, and the dressing sounds brilliant! The colours and textures are so diverse, yet come together so perfectly! I would love to have this salad and a warm, sunny night on the patio! Yummy!!!

  29. Bashar A. says:

    This does looks delicious 🙂

  30. liveblissful says:

    Love the flavor combination of the dressing!

  31. gotasté says:

    I have been eating too much meat in the past week. I must make this! Great recipe my friend.

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