Food that will keep winter cold at bay

Mixed green salad with fruit
Mixed green salad with fruit

Staying healthy through the long winter months has been a challenge, but we are almost at the finish line.

Luckily, there are foods that can help you stay strong and keep colds away, and are easy to incorporate into your favourite meals.

One favourite is citrus. I wanted to show you how great citrus is as an addition to the beloved green salad.

Mixed garden salad with fruit

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves 6-8

FOR THE SALAD

  • 2 bags mixed salad leaves (lettuce or rocket)
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, halved
  • 1 cup orange slices (from about 2-3 mandarin oranges)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or your favourite nuts)

For the honey-lime vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

To make the salad, place the lettuce in a large serving bowl. Top with fruit, cheese and nuts.

To make the dressing, add all ingredients to a mason jar or container with a tight fitting lid.

Shake to combine until the honey is dissolved and the dressing is well mixed. Pour the dressing over the salad. Toss to combine and serve immediately.

Food trend

Exotic fruits are taking centre stage, largely influenced by the growing trend of consumers adopting healthier plant-based diets. "New fruit" to look out for includes the dragon fruit: the texture of the flesh is very much like the juicy flesh of kiwi fruit, with similar tiny, edible black seeds inside. It tastes a bit like a mix of pear, kiwi fruit and watermelon.

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