Orange, Cheddar and Pine Nut Asian Salad with Sesame

This recipe is the photo that has been the banner of my blog from day one. It’s light, colourful and packs a mix of flavours that aren’t commonly seen together.

I’m heading up to the cottage for May 24 weekend, and this is the type of thing that’s perfect up there along with a veggie burger. I made the portions for this recipe to only serve one person (since that’s how I made it myself) but double up if you have company.

If you don’t love spice, feel free the dial down the hot sauce in the dressing. It won’t hurt the salad at all, you could even replace it with an Asian-tasting sauce of your own if you have one on hand. I like the mix up the dressing a little bit each time just to try something new, but the ingredients I listed for the dressing are the basics.

Sidenote: This is unrelated to this recipe, but I found out something interesting about absorbing iron for any of you who are concerned about this. Apparently, when you pair up iron-rich foods with calcium, it makes it difficult for your body to absorb any of the vitamins. For example, eating a spinach omelette with cheese could lower the amount of iron you intake. BUT vitamin C and citrus-rich foods are supposed to help absorption of iron–just something to keep in mind for all you vegetarians.

Orange Sesame SaladIngredients

Serves 1

  • 1 cup romaine lettuce, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 medium orange, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup cheddar, shredded
  • 3 tbsp. pine nuts
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp. hot sauce
  • A few drops soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds


Combine lettuce, orange, cheddar and pine nuts in a salad bowl. In a separate smaller bowl for the dressing, whisk together sesame and vegetable oil, hot sauce, soy sauce and orange juice. Drizzle the dressing over the salad mix and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.Orange Sesame SaladOrange Sesame Salad

7 Comments Add yours

  1. laurasmess says:

    Wow, this is a really, really unusual salad. My Asian grandmother would bawk at the title, as pine nuts = Italy, sesame seeds + soy = Asian, cheddar = English!! But that said, I love it, and its a perfectly delicious representation of fusion culture 😉 Gorgeous colours too! xx

    1. I know it’s a little funny! But the major flavours are Asian (the dressing, sesame and orange) so I figured I’d throw that in there haha

  2. I seriously love your blog.. Great colors & theme.
    Did you create this amazing site yourself? Please reply back as I’m wanting to create my very own site and would like to know where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Cheers!

    1. The theme is called Twenty Eleven, I didn’t do any of the coding myself its just hosted by WordPress. The photos and everything are by me though

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  4. Analisa says:

    First off I would like to say awesome blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing. I’ve had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting
    my thoughts out there. I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems
    like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying
    to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints? Cheers!

    1. Thanks so much! I’ve never really had much trouble getting started but I normally just think about the background of the food, where I first heard about it, what’s going on in general…just things I can easily write about and likely link back to the food.
      If you’re having trouble beginning the post I’d say just think about basics: ingredients, nutrition, maybe special techniques or tools. Then you can go from there. I’m not a pro in any sense but I hope that helps 🙂

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