I made this salad for Sinterklaas in the Netherlands. It is a huge occassion in the Netherlands, pakkiesaand being important for children as Sinterklaas and his helper Swarte Piet bring a huge bag full of presents!
The red paprika seemed to go well with Sinterklaas’ outfit and since Swarte Piet is from Spain we had to have citrus. Off course that is where citrus was from traditionally before South Africa started produsing and exporting and for balance I added all the colours of the rainbow! Red wants green and then you need yellow and eventually your salad is quite South African.
Fortunately my olive oil was from Spain, so that was a good fit. The balsemic vinegar is from Modena which isn’t quite Spain, but that can’t be helped.
An unusual combination, but the sweet of the manderines (naartjies) and the balsemic vinegar makes a good contrast with the sharp radish and the slight bitter of the spinach. Green beans for something crisp to bite into and the nuts and salami add texture and substance. The soft lettuce leaves and olive oil makes it juicy.
Oak leaf lettuce, green and purple
Baby Spinich (a more or less equal amount as the lettuce)
Red paprika 2
Yellow paprika 1
Green beans (flat or round) a hand full
Radishes about a bunch
Naartjies 6 or 7
Sliced mini salami about 125gram
Mixed nuts (preferably unsalted) 220gram
Cream of Balsemic Vinegar
A good olive oil
Chop the paprika and green beans and marinate in the balsemic vinegar and olive oil. Don’t hold back with the oil and vinegar, it becomes the dressing for the whole salad. The longer you marinate the softer your ingredients.
Peel the naartjies and remove the white bits, mix the segments in whole otherwise you have a mess.
Chop the radishes fine.
Shred the lettuce and spinash according to your own beliefs, add the rest of the ingredients, and there you go!