Citrus Salad with Purple Cabbage & Banana Yogurt Dressing

Each year, at this time of peak citrus, I try to create a new recipe that utilizes all the wonderful fresh fruit flavors and colors. We have been enjoying a variety of this particular recipe for several weeks now. Jules gives this one 5 stars. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Ingredients (for dressing)

2 fresh garlic cloves, squeezed into food processor

2 cups plain yogurt

1 cup creamy goat cheese

2 Tablespoons good honey

1 heaping Tablespoon sweet shredded coconut

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Seeds scraped from 1/2 vanilla bean, (optional)

1/2 orange, juiced

1 banana, sliced

 

I bought all of the fresh fruit from Whole Foods and FreshDirect. I got the shredded coconut from Nuts.com (this site has a wide selection of dates also) ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Directions (for dressing)

1. Put all of the above ingredients into the food processor and pulse until you have a very smooth creamy topping for the salad. If it’s too thick for your taste, just add a teaspoon at a time, of the freshly squeezed orange juice or coconut milk

2. Use this dressing/topping for the following fruit, when citrus is in season, which is right now.

3. Slice into circles and cut out the segments of all the different colors of citrus fruit that are now in season. Other fruit is added for flavor, health and color contrast

 

Blood oranges

Cara cara oranges

Pink grapefruit

Tangerines with interesting colors

A few blueberries

A few green seedless grapes

A few red seedless grapes

Chopped dates

1 heaping Tablespoon toasted then chopped walnuts

 

(Optional): Let all of the fruit soak in Grand Marnier for a few hours.

1 leaf of red lettuce on each salad plate or

1 leaf of red cabbage on each salad plate and/or

With a mandolin, run a section of red cabbage through once, and use the thin strands as a beautiful color contrast, healthy as well.

 

(Optional):1 teaspoon brown sesame seeds and 1 teaspoon chia seeds, toasted together and used for garnish later.

 

Fresh mint leaf, for garnish

 

To Serve:

 

Arrange the leaf first, on individual salad plates, then place the fruit onto the leaf. Just before serving, add a big dollop of the dressing on the fruit. Garnish with a few toasted seeds and a fresh mint leaf.

 

Basically, I am supplying the recipe for dressing over citrus. Part of the fun of doing this easy, delicious salad,, is your creativity in arranging the fruit. I had fun with the citrus colors and the very thin streaks of red cabbage.

 

©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

A favorite chilled white. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

This weekend we saw a magnificent production of G. Puccini’s, Tosca at the MetOpera, where Target Health Inc. is a patron. We urge you to rush to see this lush opera, starting with the vivid curtain, which you can see in the above photo, to the extraordinary voices, orchestration, direction and sets. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

As I play and select my favorite moments, to share with you, from this great opera, I assure you, there is not a dry eye on this side of the screen.

 

The greatest tenor who ever lived.

Luciano Pavarotti – E lucevan le stelle/Tosca (Act 3)

 

Renee Fleming and Joan Sutherland are my favorite sopranos

Renee Fleming – Tosca – Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore (Act 2)

 

Luciano Pavarotti. Recondita armonia. Tosca. G. Puccini. (Act 1)

 

Angela Gheorghiu & Jonas Kaufmann: Puccini – Tosca, ‘Love Duet’ (Act 1)

Jonas Kaufmann is considered by many, to be the best tenor alive today

 

After Tosca, we took relatives from Colorado out to dinner at Sardi’s. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Have a great week everyone!

From Our Table to Yours

Bon Appetit!

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