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Arugula, Beets, Goat Cheese Salad, my ‘Eating Words Philly’ non-fat Orange Dressing

Arugula, Beets, Goat Cheese Salad

Arugula, Beets, Goat Cheese Salad, my ‘Eating Words Philly’ non-fat Orange Dressing

I might have designed a big ole happy face onto this salad today, for its cheery colors inspire not only the bright sparkly sun shining forth, but also the cheery sentiment I’m feeling after having just attended the Edible Philly “Eating Words” one day conference hosted at the Free Library of Philadelphia last Saturday.

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Besides being so much fun connecting with many amazing ‘food folks,’ including a full range of local food writers, editors, publishers, cookbook authors, recipe developers, a few bloggers, and assorted other food tourism, artisan or food related small business entrepreneurs, there was just so much to learn and so much to share, every single moment throughout the agenda packed day. The wrap-up concluded a most successful day while noting the togetherness in energy and attentive interest between the group, a very ‘special community,’ seeming apropos, given the warmth and positive electricity inspired at every juncture.

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One of the days Breakout Sessions included a Hands-on Recipe Development program. Sure, I was game to be one of the volunteers preparing an impromptu dressing, well, that is, until I got the shout out on my designated category: non-fat dressing. Not my typical genre, as you know. What could I do but set to it?! With a broad selection of flavors and assorted colorful ingredients to choose from, I simply grabbed a couple of oranges, a lime, a shallot, an itty- bitty piece of garlic, and a good handful of both fresh parsley and chives. Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze. Chop, chop, chop. Whisk, whisk, whisk. A sprinkle of salt and pepper, a hint of white wine vinegar. Whisk, whisk whisk. Time was nearly up as I decided in the final moment to add just the tiniest tip of the small spoon with a bit of Dijon mustard. Whisk, Whisk Whisk. Refreshing, clean, bright, packed with flavor, and non-fat, in all, simply perfect for an Arugula, Beets, Goat Cheese Salad, my ‘Eating Words Philly’ non-fat Orange Dressing.

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