Salad Panama

  1. Section the oranges and grapefruits.

    a. Using a sharp Stainless Steel knife cut off the tops and bottoms of the fruit, exposing the flesh, and presenting a flat surface.

    b. with a back and forth sawing motion, going from top to bottom and following the contours of the fruit, remove the rind and the pith, leaving the bare flesh of the fruit. This will take several cuts, and you will need to go back and remove bits of the white pith that inevitably remain.

    c. Hold the fruit over a bowl, and with a sharp stainless steel knife, make a V cut along the line of tissue holding the segment.

    Make a second V cut on the other side of the segment releasing the section. Repeat this until all sections are removed. Squeeze the core to capture the juice. This method is called cold pack sectioning. Any left over sections and juice will be welcome at the breakfast table, perhaps joined by a dash of honey and some sliced strawberries.

  2. Shred the romaine, and lay it on plates.
  3. Place a pineapple ring in the center of the romaine.
  4. Select only perfect segments, and alternate colors, orange, white and pink. Set one segment on the pineapple ring, and then the next, reconstructing the fruit into a hemisphere, or half ball. It will do this quite naturally, due to its shape.
  5. Combine the sour cream, rum and fruit juice to taste. You can color it with some strawberry juice if you like, by pressing any bruised berries through a strainer. Add the sliced berries to the sauce, and serve in a sauce boat to be ladled over at service.

Important Note: a rich ruby port also goes well with the strawberries over the fruit, but the Haitian Dark Rum tastes like candy!.

Notes: This refreshing salad, served at the end of a meal makes any dessert superfluous. It is based on an original salad from the Edgewater Beach Hotel Salad Book, by Arnold Schircliffe, 1926


Steve's #19 Recipes

Tossed Salads

Chef Salad with California Blue Cheese Dressing
Caesar Salad

Vegetable Salads

Tomatoes with Sweet Onions and Basil
Asparagus with Sesame Oil and Shallots
Spinach and Mushrooms with Warm Bacon Dressing

Fruit Salads

Cubanaise: Slices of Avocado, Mango, Grapefruit, Vinaigrette with Tricolor Confetti of Peppers*
Panama Salad, a Hemisphere of Orange and Grapefruit on a Slice of Pineapple. Citrus Rum Dressing with Berries.

Protein Salads

Gulfport Salad: Fantail Shrimp and Scallops, Crab Meat, Hard Cooked Eggs, Curried Mayonnaise*
Salad Doctor

Starchy Salads

Chickpea Salad
Tortellini Primavera

* repeated from previous issues


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