Garden-greens Salad with Fennel, Roasted Walnuts and Peach Dressing

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My latest invention: Peach dressing. I love to come up with dressings that bring a salad out in a new and interesting way. Well, it is peach season! What is more obvious than adding half a peach to the dressing in my blender? The dressing is wonderfully orange, a bit sweet from the peach, a little spicy from the garlic and has a creamy consistency.

All in all, this is a great, fresh summer salad. You can use any kinds of greens you have in your garden, (or at your local farmer’s market or grocery store…) Arugula would be good as well, or spinach or any kind of lettuce. Just make sure you slice the fennel thinly. The garden greens are delicate in nature and if the fennel is too chunky they get buried but it.

Ingredients:

(For 4 people)

A handful of kale, washed, dried and sliced very thinly
A handful of sorrel, washed, dried and sliced thinly
A handful of beet greens, washed, dried and sliced thinly
½ a head of green leaf lettuce, washed, dried and torn into pieces
½ of a Fennel bulb, washed, dried and sliced very thinly
½ cup of dry roasted walnuts

Dressing:

The dressing will be enough to be used for other salads. Just put it in a jar and store in the refrigerator. If you make on Sunday, you will have your dressing for the whole week!

1 lemon, squeezed
1/2 peach
2 cloves of garlic, squeezed
2 cups of olive oil
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
1 1/2 table spoons of honey

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend.

Arrange the different greens on a platter or in a bowl, put the fennel slices and walnuts on top and drizzle the dressing over the salad.

Combine with freshly grilled vegetables and or a slice of grilled fish and you will be good to go!

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Red Chile Sauce

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This is the healthier version of the sweet, red chile sauce that you can buy bottled. This one has honey instead of sugar – and it is homemade! It is great as a dipping sauce. You can also marinate tofu in it and bake it.

Makes 1 cup
Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
3 large cloves of garlic
2 red chiles
1/4 cup of rice vinegar
1/2 cup of honey
3/4 cup water
1/2 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon of cornstarch

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend. Heat in a small sauce pan over medium to high heat for about 3-5 minutes. Add the cornstarch, stir, and keep it on medium heat for about 3 minutes until it begins to thicken.

Red Chili Sauce