About 4 to 6 Servings
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 head of red leaf or green leaf lettuce, cut into small pieces
1 orange, peeled and cut into slices
1 green apple, cored and cut into slices
¼ cup toasted or raw almond slivers
¼ cup dried cranberries
To Prepare Dressing:
In a small bowl combine all of the dressing ingredients. Whisk until ingredients are well blended. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
To Prepare Salad:
In a large bowl, toss lettuce, orange and apple with the dressing. Sprinkle almonds and dried cranberries on top. Serve fresh or chilled.
If you can’t find fresh oranges, opt for mandarin oranges with no sugar added. Dole offers mandarin orange fruits cups packed in their own juice.
Walnuts work just as well with this salad recipe. You can also try using blonde raisins or dried currants instead of dried cranberries.
David H. Rahm, M.D. is the founder and medical director of The Wellness Center, a medical clinic located in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Rahm is also president and medical director of VitaMedica. Dr. Rahm is one of a select group of conventional medical doctors who have education and expertise in functional medicine and nutritional science. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Rahm has published articles in the plastic surgery literature and educated physicians about the importance of good peri-operative nutrition.