Orange~ lettuce~ & walnut salad (shlada bel

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 each Head romaine lettuce
3 eaches Navel oranges -=OR=-
3 eaches Temple oranges
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 pinch Salt
½ teaspoon Cinnamon
1 tablespoon Orange flower water
¾ cup Walnuts, chopped

Wash lettuce and section into leaves, discarding the tough outer ones.

Drain; wrap in paper towels to dry. Store in refrigerator until needed. Peel oranges and remove all outside membranes, using a small serrated knife and employing a seesaw motion. Section the oranges by cutting away all the membranes from the orange flesh. As you work, lift out each section and place in a small mixing bowl. Squeeze the juice from the remainder of the orange over the sections to keep them moist. Cover; keep chilled. Make a dressing by mixing the lemon juice, sugar, salt, cinnamon, orange flower water, and 2 tb. of the orange juice. Blend well, then taste. The dressing should be sweet.

Just before serving, shred the lettuce and arrange in a glass serving dish. Pour the dressing over it; toss. Make a design around the edges with overlapping sections of orange, then sprinkle the salad with the chopped walnuts and dust with more cinnamon. Serve immediately.

Variation: Prepare as above, using ¾ cup chopped dates and almonds in place of the chopped walnuts.

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