Clementine Recipes: Not Only for Snacking

Clementines are the small citrus in bins or mesh baggage that seem in markets throughout the winter months. This 12 months’s crop is tasty, juicy and plentiful (costs are low!).

They’re nice for snacking, dessert or in fruit salads. Clementines additionally make a beautiful addition to nearly any inexperienced salad, or in hearty salads with complete grains and beans. I’ve included 5 of Diana’s recipes beneath to get you began.

In Canada and maybe elsewhere clementines could also be known as mandarins. Technically clementines are a cross between mandarins (Citrus reticulata) and Seville oranges (Citrus auratium). The recipes may be made with any of the tangerine-sized citrus or with oranges sections lower into bite-size items.

To organize clementines for salads, simply peel and part. If they’re giant otherwise you need extra taste from the juice in your salad, lower the peeled fruit in half cross-wise earlier than you separate the sections.

Search for bins of small, agency fruit. I discover that the smaller clementines usually have the perfect taste, though they might be harder to peel. When you get a field with poor taste, search for one other “model” (from the field labels) and check out once more. They arrive from Spain, Morocco, South America and numerous different international locations; I have not discovered any dependable strategy to inform which is able to style greatest. If you could find those from California (often labelled “California Cuties”, in mesh baggage), they appear to be constantly good.

Orange or lemon peels may be grated (“zest”) for flavoring, however DO NOT attempt to use clementine peels this fashion — they’re very bitter.

Editorial notice: Only a few years in the past nobody had heard of clementines; now they’re in every single place and so they promote like hotcakes. I hope that meals entrepreneurs will take notice that SHOPPERS WILL BUY healthful meals if they’re tasty, attractively packaged and fairly priced. Vote together with your pocketbook; purchase heaps and luxuriate in!

Spinach Salad with Clementines

6 cups child spinach leaves

12 clementines, sectioned

1/2 cup walnut or pecan items

1 bunch inexperienced onions, sliced crosswise (non-compulsory)

1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts (non-compulsory)

For the dressing:

3 tablespoons olive oil

Juice of two limes or lemons (about 1/4 cup)

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (non-compulsory)

Place the salad components in a bowl. Stir the dressing components collectively and toss with the salad.

4-6 servings


Clementine-Wild Rice Salad

12 clementines, peeled and sectioned

1 6-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained

2 bunches inexperienced onions, sliced skinny

2 cups cooked wild rice, chilled

1 cup mint leaves (non-compulsory)

1 cup cilantro or Italian parsley leaves (non-compulsory)

1/4 cup rice vinegar

juice of 1 lime

1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise (non-compulsory)

3 cups shredded Chinese language cabbage, chopped romaine lettuce or child spinach leaves (or a mix)

Mix all components besides the greens and blend completely. Toss with the greens and serve.

6-8 servings

Be aware: To make forward, mix every part however the greens and chill. Toss within the greens on the final minute.


Clementine-Black Bean Salad

2 cups cooked barley or different complete grain of your selection, chilled

1 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 inexperienced pepper, chopped

1 bunch inexperienced onions, chopped

12 clementines, peeled and sectioned

1/4 cup honey-mustard salad dressing

Butterhead or different lettuce leaves (non-compulsory)

Mix all components besides the lettuce and chill. Serve on a mattress of lettuce leaves if desired.

4-6 servings


Fennel Salad with Clementines

1 giant or 3 small fennel bulbs

10 clementines

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons fennel seeds

1 teaspoon floor cumin

1 clove garlic, minced

pinch cayenne, or to style

1/2 teaspoon salt, or to style

Freshly floor black pepper to style

Trim the fennel bulbs, discarding the bottom and stems. Lower the bulb in quarters lengthwise after which slice crosswise into 1/4″slices.

Peel the clementines, lower them in half crosswise and separate them into sections. Combine all however 1/2 cup of the clementine sections with the fennel in a serving bowl.

Crush the remaining 1/2 cup of the clementine sections with the again of a spoon. Add the lemon juice and seasonings. Mix with the fennel and clementines and chill for at the very least 1 hour to mix the flavors.

4-6 servings


Clementine-Quinoa Salad

2 cups cooked quinoa, chilled

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

8 black olives, sliced

1 small pink onion, chopped

1 cup chopped celery

1 pink or inexperienced bell pepper, chopped

12 clementines, sectioned

12 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered

Fats-free honey dijon mustard dressing, to style (non-compulsory)

Mix all components and chill till able to serve. If the salad appears too dry, moisten with a bit of white wine or Italian salad dressing.

6-8 servings

Source by Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

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