Oranges show up on the list of 44 affordable healthy food under $1 and I have to agree. When it comes to saving money on produce, the best (and sort of obvious) tip I have is to buy what’s in season. Oranges are showing up front and center in the produce section right now, coming in by the truck load from California and Florida (as there are no oranges trees in upstate NY, also sort of obvious).
We’ve been enjoying clementines in particular – they’re small, easy to peel and everybody here likes them (which is definitely not something I can say about all fruits and vegetables). And of course, oranges are good for you. Vitamin C, fiber and folate are the front runners in their nutritional profile, they are good for heart health, vision and disease prevention too.
I plucked a clementine from the 5 lb box yesterday and instead of peeling it to eat as a snack, I sliced this sucker in half with a salad for lunch in mind.
Squeezed into a bowl with a dollop of olive oil,
and whisked together with my fork with a little salt, pepper and garlic powder at the bottom of my favorite big blue mixing bowl, right before loading in my salad ingredients.
I transferred everything to this salad plate for photo purposes only,
most days I’m eating straight out of the blue bowl.
This salad was comprised of red leaf lettuce, canned salmon (also on the list of affordable healthy food items, but we’ll revisit this one in a future post) with some red pepper and cubed avocado.
I stopped buying bottled salad dressings about a year ago after reading Deep Nutrition and came to understand why it’s important to avoid vegetable oils as often as we can. Just about EVERY bottled salad dressing (even the “organic” ones!) have some vegetable oil in them, and I’ve come to find it’s much easier on my psyche to just make my own (I haven’t run the numbers, but I would guess it’s cheaper this way too).
This was the first time I’ve ever used fresh squeezed orange juice in a salad dressing (usually it’s apple cider vinegar or balsamic, lemon, lime or Dijon mustard for the “acid”, typically paired with olive oil and seasoned simply with some garlic powder, salt and pepper) and I have to say, orange juice as salad dressing was a winner!
It was delightfully sweet and a nice change from my usual salad dressing ingredients. I went looking for more orange juice salad dressing recipes after I enjoyed this so much, I plan to make this again today but am inspired to add a little balsamic into the mix as well after looking at this Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette Dressing. Lots of possibilities here, I’m excited to play around with this orange juice as salad dressing idea.
Simple, easy, good for you and delicious – thanks Oranges! Let’s be friends.