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Winter salad bursting with robust flavors!

Posted on August 17, 2013 by in pork, salads

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winter salad

Winter salad? I was not too sure about this idea. Who in their right minds would eat a salad in winter and that in most probably the coldest week of the year.

Winter salad idea came to me when I walked through the Foodlover’s Market the other day and they had mountains of dates on display. They looked so plump and delicious that I could not resist buying some. A bonus is that my daughter loves them so it solved  lunchbox  dilemmas too! Dates are very healthy and can satisfy your craving for something sweet before you grab the nearest chocolate. The sugar content of dates is about 80% of the fruit and it is also a great source of potassium!

winter salad

I have to be honest, the last thing on my mind when I saw the dates, was nutrition! I have evil thoughts about dates wrapped in bacon, because that is my most favorite parties snack from way back when! Devils on horseback and although I have no idea how this name ties up with the snack I have worked it out in my head that the amount you will consume is quite devilish and that is why these snacks are called  that!

Back to my winter salad! A winter salad has to have body, something that will stick to your ribs. Bold in flavors and textures and a good winter salad must warm you up! So why not disguise my Devils on horseback in a salad with citrus  flavors of winter? Having the sinful devils on horseback in a salad, also kind of  prevents you from eating too many!

A simple salad dressing with balsamic vinegar and olive oil and your winter salad with bring a ray of sunshine to your plate.

winter salad

Winter salad

serves 6


250 g streaky bacon ( 12 strips )

24 pitted dates

250 g salted cashew nuts

120 g big pillow bag young salad leaves – rocket, watercress, baby spinach

2 oranges

For the salad dressing

125 ml olive oil

80 ml balsamic vinegar

5 ml Dijon mustard

10-15 ml honey

24 toothpicks

winter salad


Preheat oven to 180 C. Cut the bacon on half so that you have 24 halves or bacon. Wrap each date with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place the wrapped dates on a baking sheet and bake until they are golden brown and crispy. Keep warm.  Peel the oranges, remove the  bitter white pith and with a very sharp knife, cut segments from the orange. If you need visual advice, click here!You can either make one big salad or 6 individual salads. Place the devils on horseback on the salad leaves (4 per person) and scatter the cashew nuts over the whole salad.

To make the dressing

Place all the ingredients in a tall jug and with your stick blender blitz it until it becomes thick and velvety! Pour over the salad and enjoy!

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6 Responses to “Winter salad bursting with robust flavors!”

  1. Doreen Seaborne 17 August 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Nina, winter salads are awesome. I do not eat bacon, so would replace that with salmon or trout… awesome….

  2. Simone 19 August 2013 at 8:02 am #

    I’m all in favor of winter salads! I eat them quite often in winter too and this one looks pretty good to me!

  3. Hanli 19 August 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Ek maak dit vanaand, lyk heeeeeeeeeeerlik

  4. tami 19 August 2013 at 9:51 am #

    I would eat that salad any time of the year. Spring is around the corner and it’s time to bring out the crisp greens again and turn away from the stodge 😉 xx

  5. usha singh 20 August 2013 at 7:46 am #

    this is a great salad–for me i will just leave out the bacon and all the other flavours will just be perfect–thanks


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