Fresh Herb Salad with Kumquats and Pistachios

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Come-what? Kumquat!

Despite this tiny citrus fruit’s funny name, it’s unique flavor and sweet(ish) edible rind make them one of winter’s finest gems, and a fabulous addition to green salads.

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I like to slice kumquats pretty thinly when adding them to salads, in order to remove any tiny seeds and because a little bite of kumquat pairs so nicely with other flavors.

Here I’ve combined sliced kumquats with Earthbound Farm’s Herb Salad blend -

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which is a combination of spring lettuces and tasty little fresh herbs -

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as well as pistachios (for a salty crunch) and avocados (for a rich, creamy texture).

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Add a very simple orange vinaigrette and you have an easy – yet unique and impressive – winter salad.

Fresh Herb Salad with Kumquats and Pistachios

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 2 as an entree, or 4 as a side salad

Ingredients

  • One 5 oz bag Earthbound Farm Herb Blend
  • 8-10 kumquats, washed and thinly sliced (remove any seeds you find)
  • 1 small avocado, cut into chunks
  • 3 Tbsp shelled salted pistachios
  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Pinch each salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Place the greens in a salad bowl or on a large platter.
  2. Top with the kumquats, avocado and pistachios.
  3. Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl, then drizzle the dressing on the salad.
  4. Serve right away.

Notes

If you can't find the Herb Blend, use any baby greens you like, along with 2 Tbsp of one chopped fresh herb (parsley, dill, basil or mint).

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  1. Okay, possibly a “dumbest question ever” contestant: I’ve heard of kumquats, but I’ve never seen them in a grocery store. Judging by your pics, they look like tiny little lemons. Are they sold in a bag, or individually?

    • Not a dumb question. They’re unique for sure! They are the size of grape tomatoes, so very tiny, and the color of oranges. They have them at Trader Joe’s now in a pint container, next to the other citrus. They’re available a few months during the winter, probably Dec-Feb.

  2. I need to find that herb blend asap! Nothing beats the flavor of mixed herbs!

  3. Wow! That sounds delicious, and doesn’t have too many ingredients! I’ve been meaning to try recipes with kumquat.

  4. I’ve not seen kumquats used in a savoury recipe like this before, sounds great.