Salad/ Vegetarian Mains

Spring Salad with Ginger Dressing

Spring Salad with Ginger Dressing

Now that spring is officially here I have been thinking about salads more. Something refreshing and crisp, and most importantly, green! I thought I’d share a spring salad I threw together for lunch the other day – mixed greens, endives, fresh corn, pea shoots, avocado, shaved carrots and sunflower seeds. Simple preparation and fresh ingredients makes this salad perfect for spring. The healthy ginger dressing is a combination of fresh orange and lemon juice, tahini, dates, champaign vinegar, and grated ginger, worked beautifully for me. This salad leaves you feeling satisfied and nicely full! The oranges were from my tree and they were really sweet so i used 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to get the right balance, but you can adjust to your taste. I hope you would enjoy this simple, healthy and delicious salad! 

Serves 4-6
Ingredients:

For salad:

  • 8 cups mix greens
  • 1 Belgian endive, leaves separated, washed and dried
  • 1 carrot, thinly shaved
  • 1 ear fresh corn, husked
  • 1 ripe Hass avocado, seeded, peeled and sliced
  • 1 handful pea shoots or sunflower sprouts
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried goji berries (optional; or cranberries )

For Ginger Dressing:
Yield: approx 2/3 cup

  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 2 large medjool dates
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
  • Salt, pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Blend all dressing ingredients well in a high speed blender, scaping down sides to incorporate. Pour into a salad dressing bottle and enjoy. This dressing will keep well for up to 3 days.
  2. Place the goji berries into a small bowl or glass and pour the hot water over them. Steep for 30 minutes or longer, until the goji berries are plump. Strain the berries for salad.
  3. Shear off the corn kernels with a sharp knife over a bowl.
  4. Use a Y-shaped vegetable peeler to shave the carrots into thin, even slices.
  5. Start with a generous portion of each and pile on a dinner sized plate to serve one.
  6. Pour the ginger dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Enjoy immediately!

This will be my entry for Fiesta Friday this week.

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33 Comments

  • Reply
    Nancy
    May 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

    The salad looks delicious…nothing like beautiful fresh produce to inspire a healthy lunch. But it’s the dressing…that dressing, yum! It sounds fabulous, light and flavorful. Thanks for sharing your recipe. 🙂

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 2, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Thanks Nancy! This salad really hits all the corners of your palate! I think the dressing was my favorite ingredient in this salad:)

  • Reply
    Tasty Eats Ronit Penso
    May 2, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Such beautiful presentation! Love the idea of dates in the dressing! 🙂

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 2, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you! I like to use dates to sweeten up the dressing! You can also use agave nectar or honey but I thought for this recipe dates will be better. Also gives a little texture.

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        Tasty Eats Ronit Penso
        May 2, 2014 at 5:54 pm

        I use date syrup a lot in dressings, but I agree, the real dates would give better texture. Really nice idea. 🙂

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    cookingwithauntjuju.com
    May 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    A healthy salad for sure and I like your ginger dressing a lot 🙂

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 2, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you! The ginger dressing is full of flavor and no fat ( well, tahini has some:) yes, overall really light and healthy salad!

  • Reply
    frankiesfeast
    May 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    This looks so yummy!! I wish we weren’t going into winter here, I feel like I haven’t had my share of delicious salads like this!! Next nice day we get I’ll be trying this!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 2, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks! It’s been hot this week here in San Diego, so I have been eating lots of salads this week!

  • Reply
    Victoria
    May 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    This looks yummy! I’m a big fan of Ginger!

  • Reply
    Patty Nguyen
    May 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    What a beautiful salad! And how tasty your dressing must be with dates in it!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks Patty! I think that dates add a little texture to the dressing and sweetness!

      • Reply
        Patty Nguyen
        May 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm

        I love dates and would enjoy this dressing!

  • Reply
    birgerbird
    May 2, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I love the way you composed this salad, that is just how I like to do my salads, then mix it all up. This dressing sounds really up my alley, I almost always use a tahini lemon base to my salad dressing, but with dates? Mmmmm!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks! Dates add a little sweetness and texture to the salad dressing!

  • Reply
    lapetitepaniere
    May 3, 2014 at 12:36 am

    This salad looks so fresh and bright 🙂

  • Reply
    saucygander
    May 3, 2014 at 5:05 am

    That is one fresh and delicious salad! I love that you’ve added goji berries and pea sprouts, and used a ginger dressing. These flavours guarantee I will love this, and I’m sure everyone at Fiesta Friday will too!! 😀

  • Reply
    aiming4simple
    May 3, 2014 at 7:50 am

    So colorful, healthy, and refreshing! I’ll have to be on the lookout for pea shoots and sunflower sprouts. I’ve never tried them before.

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 3, 2014 at 8:16 am

      Thanks! I like to add pea shoots to salads b/c they so mild but any sprouts will do.

  • Reply
    spiceinthecity
    May 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Wow! Love the idea of the ginger dressing & the dates must taste so amazing in a salad 🙂

  • Reply
    mademoisellegourmande
    May 3, 2014 at 11:55 am

    This looks lovely. The ingredients promise a tasty salad! I’m always looking for some new tasty salad ideas. Thank you for sharing this one. 🙂

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks! I am glad that you liked the recipe. Thanks for stoping by:)

  • Reply
    Johnny / Kitschnflavours
    May 4, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Loving that dressing! I’ll be trying that out, as I have dates to use up. Besides, anything to do with ginger is a must. Having said that, I’ve never used it in a dressing before. And I can imagine a version of this would be good with a stir-fry.

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 4, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks, I hope you do! You can use it for stir-fry as well but I would add some soy sauce, a little bit of garlic and something to add a bit of heat like chili pepper or red pepper flakes. Then, I think it will be perfect for stir-fry!

  • Reply
    chefjulianna
    May 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Love your salad and your dressing!!! I eat salad everyday for lunch and intend to eat your salad this week! Thanks for this beauty! 😀

  • Reply
    Ngan R.
    May 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    This salad looks beautiful! Healthy and flavorful. I’ve not had a ginger dressing before and am eager to try this. I bring a salad most days for lunch and look forward to trying this soon!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks! I hope you do! I would love to hear your feedback:) thanks for stopping by!

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