11/24/09

Raw Cranberry Salad

I have been enjoying this festive cranberry salad for a few weeks now, ever since fresh cranberries appeared in the market.

The recipe is adapted from one found during a Google search:) (The link to the original recipe is currently unavailable to me)

Festive Raw Cranberry Salad

Ingredients:
2 cups fresh cranberries
1 orange, zest before peeling, reserve zest
2 ripe pears
1/2 c. walnuts or pecans, chopped(optional)
4 stalks celery
1/2 cup organic currants, raisins, or dried cranberries
1/2-1 tsp. cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. each of ginger and allspice
2 Tablespoons agave, or sweetener of choice

For "turkey"
Assorted baby greens
1/2 a pear
1 currant cut in half
1 pumpkin seed, shelled
1 small sliver of persimmon or other red or orange fruit

Please note the "turkey" salad pictured used half of the cranberry salad recipe, but with 1 whole orange.

1. Chop cranberries, pears, and celery to 1/4 inch pieces. I used the dice blade on my Vidalia Chop Wizard.

2. If making the turkey pictured, use only 1/2 the orange in the salad itself. Cut 1/2 into slices and the other 1/2 into tidbits and add to cranberry mixture with nuts, spices, zest, and sweetener. Mix well and let stand at least 1 hour for best flavor. I usually leave out the nuts for a lighter, better combined salad.

3. Arrange as shown using baby lettuce, radicchio, sliced orange, and cranberry halves. The turkey is 1/2 a pear with a pumpkin seed beak, cut currant eyes, and a persimmon waddle. Use any red fruit for the waddle, even a red apple peel:)

It looks very pretty on a bed of assorted baby lettuce.

This salad has hunza raisins and no nuts.

This may also be made into a more traditional cranberry sauce by blending all ingredients in the food processor fitted with the "S" blade.



Each salad pictured is 1/2 a full recipe. Full recipe serves 6-8 people.

I hope you enjoy this refreshing cranberry salad as much as I do:)

Please click here for links to more festive Thanksgiving recipes and ideas:)

4 comments:

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

I'd been wondering if there was a way to use fresh cranberries without drowning them in sugar. I'm so glad you posted this recipe! Thank you!

evergreen said...

Hi Fayinagirl...(love the meaning:))

Thanks for your sweet comment...I love being able to enjoy those healthy cranberries while they last!

bitt said...

i've been wondering how to use cranberries raw. thank you.

evergreen said...

Hi bitt!...you're welcome:)

I hope you like it if you try it...this is my current addiction!

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