Spring Salad with Orange Rosemary Vinaigrette

A couple of weeks ago, I made a little trek from Lubbock to Dallas in order to see the musical “Kinky Boots” with a few BFF’s. If you have not seen this musical, see it. Cyndi Lauper wrote all the music and lyrics and basically we’re Best Friends Five-Ever. And that’s more than forever.

Before the musical, we all met at this pizza pub for dinner and a few adult beverages. Ignore the fact that this bar made my whiskey old-fashioned cocktail with Fireball Whiskey. The vinaigrette served with the salad atoned for this egregious sin.

You read that correctly. This vinaigrette was so good, we passed it around the table to try and pick out specific flavors. It was so good, I have tried to recreate it twice. Mind you, with no help from this restaurant’s less than friendly staff.

*dusts haters off shoulders*

Anyway, after trial, error, and a few tasting note references, I have named this dressing “Orange Rosemary Vinaigrette.” It is super easy and goes great with a Spring Goddess Salad.

Also, just because the name is "feminine" does not mean you have to wear body glitter to eat it. However, it also does not mean you can’t wear body glitter while eating it.Spring Salad with Orange Rosemary Vinaigrette

Spring Salad with Orange Rosemary Vinaigrette

Arugula/Baby Spinach Lettuce Mix

1 Large Tomato

½ Red Onion

½ Cup Walnuts

½ Green Apple

Feta Cheese

Vinaigrette:

1 Tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

½ Navel Orange, juiced

Salt & Pepper, to taste

¼ Teaspoon Ground Coriander

½ Teaspoon Orange Zest

1 Spring Rosemary, minced

2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar

In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients for the vinaigrette (besides the balsamic vinegar). Stir regularly and bring to a very low simmer, so the rosemary does not burn. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes covered, and let cool until ready to use. When you’re ready to add it to the salad, add the balsamic vinegar and mix well. Make sure to stick your face in the pan real quick so that you can smell how delicious it is going to taste.

Chop up the veggies and fruit into bite-size pieces. Make sure they’re a size that will make you feel dainty when you eat them. If you’re eating a salad with huge pieces, you don’t very well look like a goddess now, do you?

Toss the lettuce with the vinaigrette and top the salad with your chosen fruit and veggie sacrifices.

This is perfect for a BBQ or really just sitting in front of the TV in fat pants.