Candied Ginger Orange Salad #OrangeInspiration
with feta, toasted pinons & a maple orange ginger yogurt dressing
A green salad topped with Cara Cara oranges, a sweet, almost pink orange, crystallized ginger, pinons and a creamy orange ginger yogurt dressing.
Sometimes the people that seem so strong, the ones you never suspect are suffering, are the ones who are breaking down inside, or suffering from a disease you never knew about. Two of my friends landed in the hospital this week … two of the strongest people that seemed so infallible. I think it comes as a powerful reminder that there are a whole lot of people wandering around life, acting strong, acting like there’s nothing wrong, when really everything is falling apart inside. You just never know, when you meet or talk to someone, what they are really dealing with inside.
So my friend Justine from Full Belly Sisters has a story: her father is a survivor of sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. This week, Justine is participating in Cycle for Survival, an event held to raise funds for rare cancers like the one her father had, and a group of us bloggers are joining together to support her in this effort by sharing orange foods. Naturally orange foods are not only gorgeous and delicious; they are chock full of antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and phytonutrients that are good for your skin, eyes and heart, and they may also decrease your risk of cancer, so orange foods are so fitting for this cause.
If you’d like to learn more about the event or make a donation, here’s the link: http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/justine. I too know the pain of cancer, too: not that long ago, my uncle died from a very sudden onset of cancer. I went to see him one weekend when my dad told me if I wanted to see him, I should go, then got the call on Monday that he was gone. It was such a shock to everyone around him and so hard to deal with.
All these things are powerful reminders that there are people amongst us that need our help and sometimes we are so stupidly involved in our own trivial problems that we don’t even recognize it. Whether we give to a cause, or donate our time to a local charity … or even if we just reach out and let our friends and family know we care, it’s important. People need people. Each one of us can make a difference in someone’s life. And while you’re at it, eat an orange salad and take care of your own health.
- 1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons ginger sugar (or 1 teaspoon sugar + 1 teaspoon finely chopped candied ginger)
- About 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
- About 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed orange juice
- Mixed greens
- Peeled, sliced oranges (I used Cara Cara oranges)
- 2 - 3 chunks of candied ginger, chopped
- About 1 Tablespoon pine nuts (pinons), toasted
- About 1 Tablespoon crumbled feta cheese
- Cover your salad plate with greens.
- Arrange the orange slices on the greens, then sprinkle with candied ginger, pinons, & crumbled feta cheese.
- Drizzle with yogurt dressing and enjoy!
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Here are some other bloggers who’ll be participating in #orangeinspiration this week: