Recipe 11: Clementine and Nuts January Lunch Salad

'Another recipe today?' I can just hear you thinking. I want to have a nice basic collection of recipes on the blog, so I am working extra hard now to accomplish this before I have to go back to university on January 27th. I also just make many dishes I do not expect to be blog-worthy, but when they are done they look so amazing that I just have to share them. So here we go! The (almost) perfect vegetarian, vegan, gluten-, and lactose-free January lunch salad!
What do you need?
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Clementine(s)
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Soy yogurt (or a raw non-dairy yogurt)
  • Lemon juice
  • Agave syrup
  • Mustard
  • Salt & Pepper
You know what I say when it comes to salads: you can adjust them any way you like, but I am just giving you suggestions! The reason I wrote '(almost) perfect' earlier, is because this would be even better with some pomegranate seeds sprinkled over, as this is also a typical January fruit. I do not have any on hand, however, so I this will have to do!
How to make it?
  1. It is a salad, so it is just a matter of throwing everything together on a plate. I put the lettuce on first, then I cut two clementines in half and spread those throughout the plate. I prepared to add two tomatoes, but ended up using one because it seemed like a better balance with the other ingredients.
  2. If you are using roasted nuts, you can sprinkle those on top immediately, if they are raw and you are looking to get most out of them, I recommend you roast some in a steel pan yourself. This will only take about 5-7 minutes. Do not forget to keep them moving around in the pan, so they will not burn on one side and roast unevenly.
  3. Now make the dressing, for which I used soy yoghurt, lemon juice, agave syrup, mustard, and salt and pepper. It will not get much easier than that. Put some on top of the salad, and you are done!
I love having quick throw-together dishes in winter, especially when I have a very full agenda. This salad was done in five minutes, and I had an amazing pro-running salad that will definitely keep me full until dinner. Shall I tell you a little secret? I love winter. Well, I actually love all seasons almost equally, but winter has a little extra part of my heart. Maybe the fact that clementines might be my favorite fruit has to do with that. Are you fed up with all the clementines in my recipes yet?



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