Stating the obvious: It’s winter.
It’s very, very, very much winter. Like, I’m sitting here looking outside at the snow-covered ground and feeling okay about it because it’s actually a “really nice day” here in Minnesota – we might even get up to 25 degrees. I KNOW, RIGHT" We’re that far gone. Winter has messed with our reasoning abilities.
But good news – the cure is coming at you today in the form of a big bowl of *spa salad* loaded with chickpeas, spinach, pomegranates, Cara Cara oranges (and specifically those if you can find them because they are ON POINT), avocado, thinly sliced shallots, a fistful of herbs, a drizzle of light creamy dressing, and grilled lemon chicken.
If it’s wrong to want this for a mid-morning snack, I don’t want to be right.
RALLY THE TROOPS! Let’s do this.
Are these pink/orange Cara Cara oranges not the most gorgeous food you’ve ever laid eyes on" Bonus – they are also nature’s candy.
Katy (our new shoot assistant – uhhhh yeah, this just in – WE HAVE A SHOOT ASSISTANT ) peeled the oranges for this salad the day before our photo shoot, and then I had to text her the next morning and ask her to stop at the store again because, um, Katy" yeah, about the Cara Cara oranges that you peeled. I ate all them all.
Oh my sweet goodness, they are heavenly.
Sometimes these elusive oranges might require you to drive to a different grocery store, which is something that you are totally rejecting right now in your mind and yes, okay, I get it. I’m the same way 99 times out of 100. But guys, think about this. We may not make it to a real spa anytime in the near future and this food version of spa-dom (complete with CC oranges) needs to happen. This is that other ONE TIME out of 100 that I’ll tell you to go the extra mile for that second grocery store.
Plus, beyond the taste, I’m pretty sure the name “Cara Cara o...