Baby Spinach and Kumquat Salad with Orange Sesame Dressing

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on January 22, 2010

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Kumquats are gorgeous little citrus fruits with a sweet rind and sour flesh. Think of them as bright flavored, miniature oranges. You can eat kumquats whole, rind and all. They add a lovely, fresh, sweet-sour pop to this baby spinach salad. If you dont like or dont have kumquats, just use orange segments (or similar citrus fruit) instead.

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Staying with the citrus theme, I used an orange and sesame dressing for this salad. Using frozen orange juice concentrate is the secret here. The concentrate gives the dressing great flavor without watering it down (like regular orange juice would).

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Fresh Baby Spinach and Kumquat Salad with Orange Sesame Dressing Recipe

serves 2

for salad
4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, loosely packed
6-8  kumquats
6 small red onion rings
2-3 tablespoons toasted pecans (I didnt use pecans)

for dressing
4 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
salt and pepper

Wash and pat dry the spinach leaves. Wash and cut each kumquat into 3 or 4 rounds. Cut the red onion into thin rings. Assemble all ingredients for the salad in a serving dish.

Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing. Serve with spinach salad.

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1 Asha January 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm

LOVE LOVE the Orange and Sesame seeds dressing, looks delicious.

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2 lisaiscooking January 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm

I’m really enjoying a lot of citrus right now, and kumquats are fantastic in salads. Your spinach salad looks lovely!

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3 Pavani January 22, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Oh my.. that salad looks so yumm.. Beautiful and vibrant pics.

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4 nags January 23, 2010 at 12:18 am

so great to see you back with your GORGEOUS pics :)

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5 Nithys January 23, 2010 at 12:33 am

Perfect clicks. They make it look all the more exciting. :) Awesome salad too.

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6 Rosa January 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm

A gorgeous salad! Really tasty and colorful one!

cheers,

Rosa

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7 Soma January 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Sala your pictures make me want to linger in your place all day long.. LOVE the dressing!
The colors here are putting me the summer mood.

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8 Kristi Rimkus January 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm

What a beautiful salad. Terrific pictures. I’ve saved your recipe for future use!

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9 lisa @ dandysugar January 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I love citrus right now– this is a great recipe for any season. The kumquats are also a fantastic addition to this salad. Wonderful pics too! I’ve been enjoying reading through your posts and bookmarking your great recipes!

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10 Manasi January 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Looks GORGEOUS!!!! the dressing sounds awesome!

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11 Beatrice January 23, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I like the idea about using orange juice concentrate — I wouldn’t have thought of it, but I bet it’s really good!

I LOVE kumquats.

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12 radha January 24, 2010 at 5:45 am

Lovely colourful pictures with great recipes to match. WOW!

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13 Cynthia January 24, 2010 at 10:27 am

Awe-inspiring! You blow me away every time! Don’t stop!

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14 Veggie Wedgie January 24, 2010 at 5:15 pm

This looks delicious!!

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15 Jacqueline January 24, 2010 at 7:51 pm

It’s a long time since I enjoyed Kumquats, but this vibrant salad is so appealing. Beautiful, beautiful photos :)

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16 Sophie January 26, 2010 at 6:18 am

An interesting & ooh so tasty salad!!!

I so love the dressing! Yum!

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17 Wizzythestick January 27, 2010 at 11:52 pm

This is too fantastic looking for words.

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18 Dana January 28, 2010 at 3:21 am

OK, so not only is the photography totally amazing but now you’ve become a bona-fide food stylist. Want to come and teach me a thing or two? Or want to just take my photos for me? :)

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19 meeso January 30, 2010 at 11:40 am

Wow, this salad is gorgeous and has such presentation! Absolutely beautiful!

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