A Great Way to Add Spark and Interest to a Simple Meal.
Anyone who is familiar with my cooking knows I have an affinity for citrus of all kinds. I’ve probably made more orange salads than any other single thing I’ve ever cooked. They work with so many different flavor combinations. Roasted beets go particularly well with oranges and that’s what I’ve done here.
The medjool dates I got were extra plump and soft, so I thought they’d be a great addition to this salad. Needing some crunch and balance, I sliced a couple scallions and added fresh mint leaves.
The salad only needed good olive oil, a drizzle of pomegranate molasses, salt and pepper for a dressing because the other flavors were so bright from the citrus and earthy from the beets. But I wanted some nuts on top and decided to sauté chopped whole almonds in a little olive oil and sumac. Now, the salad was complete. If you’ve yet to try sumac, I highly recommend you do so. It is a bright and tangy spice that adds spark to most anything.
This is the kind of dish I talk about all the time when I mention having one outstanding element in your meals. With a salad this good, the rest of the meal can be very simple and yet, it will feel special. I much prefer spending time bringing exciting flavors to the meal in the form of a great salad rather than tossing together a salad as an afterthought. That gets boring. Try shaking things up with an interesting salad and the rest of your meal will be elevated. I promise.