Rhubarb Citrus Salad with Black Pepper Vinaigrette

Not many people know about rhubarb these days. This beautiful, nutritious salad will be a surprise and hit at any gathering. Rhubarb contains a pigment called parietin, which in studies shows fights cancer. Rhubarb is a good source of calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C and iron. It is also a great source of fiber and has been used for constipation. Spinach is a superfood. It is loaded with tons of nutrients in a low-calorie package. Dark, leafy greens like spinach are important for skin, hair, and bone health. They also provide protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 3 stalks rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1-in. pieces
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 blood oranges or tangerines
  • 3 oz. baby spinach (about 4 c.)
  • 2 bunches watercress, thick stems removed
  • 1/4 c. toasted almonds
  • 1 oz. ricotta salata, shaved

Directions

  1. In small bowl, whisk together honey and vinegar. Add rhubarb and toss to coat.
  2. Let stand at least 5 minutes and up to 10 minutes, then add olive oil, 1/2 teaspoons salt and 2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, cut away peel and white pith from oranges, then thinly slice.
  4. In large bowl, toss spinach and watercress; fold in orange slices and divide among plates. Spoon rhubarb and dressing over each salad and top with almonds and ricotta salata.

We would like to thank Good Housekeeping for this distinctive recipe.