Watermelon Radish Salad with Orange Vinaigrette & Sugar-Free Candied Walnuts
It's that time of year again here in upstate New York when the farmer's markets start opening. Even with the pandemic going on, the markets are still able to open and offer us the best fresh produce! It's even been stated that it may be our safest bet for food shopping. The vendors have made changes following local and state regulations to make farmers markets safer during the coronavirus pandemic. We've gone to our local farmer's market each Saturday for the past 4 weeks and it been such a treat and makes things feel normal. I would never have thought being able to pick up farm fresh lettuce and other vegetables would be such treat and make things feel like 'normal'.
One of the first salads I made this spring season is a Watermelon Radish Salad with an Orange Vinaigrette. I topped the salad with Sugar-Free Candied Walnuts and Feta Cheese. This could be a meal in itself or served along with seafood or steak. This went perfect with stuffed flounder and steamed cauliflower. A prefect low carb/keto friendly meal.
WATERMELON RADISH SALAD W/ORANGE VINAIGRETTE SUGAR-FREE CANDIED WALNUTS Ingredients: 1 shallot or half of a small red onion 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 4 to 5 tablespoons olive oil 2 packets True Orange crystallized orange essence 1 to 2 teaspoons sweetener (such as Swerve) Kosher salt 2 to 3 watermelon radishes Feta Cheese Sugar-free candied walnuts (see below) Directions: Mince shallot and place in small bowl. Add in white wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, true orange, and sweetener. Whisk until well combined. Can be mixed in a jar as well. Peel the radishes ( though it is not necessary). Thinly slice on a mandoline or slice thinly with a knife. Arrange radish slices on a bed of free greens Season all over with salt. Scatter walnuts and goat cheese to taste over the radishes and greens. Drizzle the dressing over the over top before serving. Sugar-Free Candied Walnuts: 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 1 tablespoon sweetener (Swerve or Allulose) In a small pan, over medium heat stir in a handful (approx 1/4 cup) of walnuts and 1 tablespoon sweetener. Once the sweetener starts to melt, continue to constantly stir for 4 t5 minutes making sure not to burn. Transfer the nuts onto a piece of parchment or a silicone mat. Separate the nuts with a fork or spatula and let cool 5 to 10 minutes If you don't want to make candied walnuts, you can toast them: Toasted Walnuts: Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange a handful of walnuts on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, checking frequently.
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