Clementine Recipes: Not Only for Snacking


Clementines are the small citrus in packing containers or mesh baggage that seem in markets in the course of the winter months. This 12 months’s crop is tasty, juicy and plentiful (costs are low!).

They’re nice for snacking, dessert or in fruit salads. Clementines additionally make a beautiful addition to virtually any inexperienced salad, or in hearty salads with entire grains and beans. I’ve included 5 of Diana’s recipes under to get you began.

In Canada and maybe elsewhere clementines could also be referred to as mandarins. Technically clementines are a cross between mandarins (Citrus reticulata) and Seville oranges (Citrus auratium). The recipes will be made with any of the tangerine-sized citrus or with oranges sections reduce into bite-size items.

To organize clementines for salads, simply peel and part. If they’re massive otherwise you need extra taste from the juice in your salad, reduce the peeled fruit in half cross-wise earlier than you separate the sections.

Search for packing containers of small, agency fruit. I discover that the smaller clementines typically have the perfect taste, though they might be harder to peel. In the event you get a field with poor taste, search for one other “model” (from the field labels) and take a look at once more. They arrive from Spain, Morocco, South America and varied different international locations; I have never discovered any dependable method to inform which is able to style greatest. If yow will discover those from California (often labelled “California Cuties”, in mesh baggage), they appear to be persistently good.

Orange or lemon peels will be grated (“zest”) for flavoring, however DO NOT attempt to use clementine peels this manner — they’re very bitter.

Editorial word: Just some years in the past nobody had heard of clementines; now they’re all over the place they usually promote like hotcakes. I hope that meals entrepreneurs will take word that SHOPPERS WILL BUY healthful meals if they’re tasty, attractively packaged and fairly priced. Vote together with your pocketbook; purchase heaps and luxuriate in!

Spinach Salad with Clementines

6 cups child spinach leaves

12 clementines, sectioned

half of cup walnut or pecan items

1 bunch inexperienced onions, sliced crosswise (optionally available)

half of cup sliced water chestnuts (optionally available)

For the dressing:

three tablespoons olive oil

Juice of two limes or lemons (about 1/Four cup)

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (optionally available)

Place the salad components in a bowl. Stir the dressing components collectively and toss with the salad.

4-6 servings


Clementine-Wild Rice Salad

12 clementines, peeled and sectioned

1 6-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained

2 bunches inexperienced onions, sliced skinny

2 cups cooked wild rice, chilled

1 cup mint leaves (optionally available)

1 cup cilantro or Italian parsley leaves (optionally available)

1/Four cup rice vinegar

juice of 1 lime

half of cup fat-free mayonnaise (optionally available)

three cups shredded Chinese language cabbage, chopped romaine lettuce or child spinach leaves (or a mixture)

Mix all components besides the greens and blend completely. Toss with the greens and serve.

6-Eight servings

Notice: To make forward, mix all the things however the greens and chill. Toss within the greens on the final minute.


Clementine-Black Bean Salad

2 cups cooked barley or different entire grain of your selection, chilled

1 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 inexperienced pepper, chopped

1 bunch inexperienced onions, chopped

12 clementines, peeled and sectioned

1/Four cup honey-mustard salad dressing

Butterhead or different lettuce leaves (optionally available)

Mix all components besides the lettuce and chill. Serve on a mattress of lettuce leaves if desired.

4-6 servings


Fennel Salad with Clementines

1 massive or three small fennel bulbs

10 clementines

1/Four cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons fennel seeds

1 teaspoon floor cumin

1 clove garlic, minced

pinch cayenne, or to style

half of teaspoon salt, or to style

Freshly floor black pepper to style

Trim the fennel bulbs, discarding the bottom and stems. Minimize the bulb in quarters lengthwise after which slice crosswise into 1/4″slices.

Peel the clementines, reduce them in half crosswise and separate them into sections. Combine all however half of cup of the clementine sections with the fennel in a serving bowl.

Crush the remaining half of cup of the clementine sections with the again of a spoon. Add the lemon juice and seasonings. Mix with the fennel and clementines and chill for at the very least 1 hour to mix the flavors.

4-6 servings


Clementine-Quinoa Salad

2 cups cooked quinoa, chilled

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

Eight black olives, sliced

1 small purple onion, chopped

1 cup chopped celery

1 purple or inexperienced bell pepper, chopped

12 clementines, sectioned

12 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered

Fats-free honey dijon mustard dressing, to style (optionally available)

Mix all components and chill till able to serve. If the salad appears too dry, moisten with just a little white wine or Italian salad dressing.

6-Eight servings


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