Yesterday I was determined to get back on track. I went to the Ft Myers Farmer's Market. It is a "green market" but not organic. This means that there are no crafts and stuff. It only sells what has been grown. I so miss Worden Farm Farmer's Market but enough of my whining! I was able to get some things that I had needed - local oranges, mangoes, lettuce, shallots and information. So I guess I need to at least support the local farmers at this market even though most of the stuff was imported. They need the money to plant in the fall and we all have to make a living somehow!
I served this with a nice fresh salad with some home made dressing and blue cheese crumbles and a roasted chicken. Another foodie friend Heather at Gild the Voodoolily, had just roasted a chicken the night before and I thought I would use some of her tips. I always butter and garlic the skin but she suggested putting the butter and the garlic under the skin so I did this and coated the skin with olive oil, salt and poultry seasoning. I was soooo good and went perfectly with the salads!
Citrus Sunflower Green Bean Salad
serves 6-8//adapted from Techniques of Healthy Cooking
For the salad:
- 1 1/2 pounds green beans, washed and trimmed
- 3 blood oranges, cut into segments *You need 4 oranges total in this recipe
- 1 sweet white onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 4 ounces salted and roasted sunflower seeds
- salt and pepper
For the vinaigrette:
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/2 cup vegetable stock
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
- *1 blood orange, juiced
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 shallot cloves, minced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- salt and pepper
Cook beans in boiling water for a few minutes, until barely tender. Drain and run under cold water to cool.
Combine beans, blood orange segments, onions, sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Season a little with salt and pepper.
To make the vinaigrette, combine cornstarch with 1 teaspoon water and mix to make a “slurry.” Set aside. Bring stock to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the slurry and stir until the stock thickens, about 2 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Combine with the remaining ingredients and whisk well.
Pour vinaigrette over the bean mixture. Toss and serve. Can be made a day ahead of time. The leftover salad will last in the fridge for a few days.