Ah, Christmas, the perfect time for cookies, candy canes, hot chocolate … and salad?
It might not be the first thing you think of when you think about holiday dining, but a nice holiday salad can really pull a meal together. Especially if it’s Chef Tim Kennedy-Morales’s delicious and zesty Composed Carrot Orange Salad.
Chef Tim, a sous cook at Sugar Hill Retirement Community, has shared his recipe for the salad and its tasty orange dressing. It’s a simple recipe that can be made in advance of your celebration to make the day-of less hectic.
Composed Carrot Orange Salad
1 pound fresh carrots
Peel, slice, and steam carrots until tender (approximately 10 minutes). Cool completely.
⅓ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup plain yogurt
3 Tbsp. frozen orange juice concentrate
2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
⅛ tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
2 tsp. fresh-grated orange rind
Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. Cut off the white pith of the orange, then slice the orange for garnish. The dressing can be used for up to 1 week.
After the carrots have cooled, toss in as much orange salad dressing as you like. This can be done up to one day in advance. Place some lettuce on a plate, then add the carrot salad. Garnish with an orange slice and sweetened dried cranberries (or fresh raspberries, depending on your preference).
—Chef Tim’s tip: Use any extra dressing for a fresh green salad later in the week!—
Popular Holiday Side Dishes
We all have our favorite holiday side dishes. Maybe it’s an old favorite, like green bean casserole, or a newer creation like this bourbon sweet potato casserole with sweet ‘n’ savory bacon pecans recipe.
In November, The Daily Meal released a list of the 12 Most Popular Side Dishes of the holidays. Take a look—how does your favorite stack up?
- Mashed Potatoes
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Cranberry Sauce
- Green Bean Casserole
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Brussel Sprouts
- Creamed Spinach
- Candied Yams
- Glazed Carrots
Dining at Sugar Hill Retirement Community
Many of the people who live at Sugar Hill take advantage of the excellent dining options available, both within the community and out in the surrounding area.
Members of Sugar Hill can dine nightly on campus through our dining program. It’s a time to mingle with friends and meet new people, or introduce visiting guests to what life is like at Sugar Hill. Our culinary staff is filled with passionate chefs like Chef Tim and Chef Elena Rossler, our talented Chef Manager. They’re always looking for new ways to delight residents with popular recipes and fresh ingredients.
Another popular Sugar Hill hotspot is the coffee shop, where residents can enjoy a snack and beverage. It’s a great place to gather and share the news of the day with friends. And of course, another hot spot is the residents’ own kitchens, as many residents enjoy entertaining guests and trying out new recipes of their own.
Dining in Wolfeboro
When Sugar Hill residents feel like dining out, they head to nearby Wolfeboro, a charming resort community that’s full of recreational and cultural activities.
Some of the popular fine dining stops include:
- The Wolfetrap Bar and Grill
- The Wolfeboro Inn
- Garwoods Restaurant
- Nolans Brick Oven Bistro
- “O” Bistro
- Mise en Place
- Downtown Grille
Dining is a big draw of Wolfeboro, but the area also boasts a thriving art scene, Lake Winnipesaukee, golfing, fishing and boating, and more. Find out why so many people choose to retire in Wolfeboro by clicking here.
Experience Sugar Hill
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to live a burden-free retirement lifestyle? Join us for a day at Sugar Hill to find out! You can tour the scenic grounds, visit with some of the residents, and get your questions answered by our experienced staff. Schedule a tour today—we’re looking forward to meeting you.