A simply delightful summer salad from Chef Jacques Haeringer! Ginger is credited with aiding in digestion, improving circulation, and even protecting against motion sickness. This salad also makes a great dessert!

Citrus Salad with Ginger

By Chef Jacques Haeringer

Ingredients

2 oranges

2 small grapefruits

1 banana

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger

2 tablespoons evaporated cane juice

Preparation

Using a sharp knife, cut away the outer rind and white membrane of both the oranges and grapefruits. Section the citrus by cutting along the longitudinal membranes. Peel and slice the banana into 1/4 inch rounds.

Place the prepared fruit in a bowl. Add the ginger and sweetener. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour before serving. Garnish with mint leaves.

Variation: Sweeten with honey.

Copyright Chef Jacques Haeringer from Two for Tonight,

Bartleby Press; $26.95; ISBN: 0-910155-43-7

Chef Jacques is one of America’s most respected and innovative culinary personalities. Continuing in his father’s footsteps, Jacques loves to create and serve contemporary French fare at his restaurant, L’Auberge Chez François, in Great Falls, Virginia. His menus feature reinterpreted Alsatian and French cuisine for American palates. When he isn’t in the kitchen, he can be found teaching his popular gourmet cooking classes. Jacques is often asked to author magazine articles, cook up recipes at culinary events, and to be a guest on television and radio shows across the country.

Jacques is the author of Two for Tonight, a collection of recipes that inspire romance through food and togetherness, and the Chez François Cookbook, the bible of classic Alsatian cuisine featuring some of the restaurant’s most popular recipes. He lives in Northern Virginia and is currently working on a new cookbook and television show.

“Tradition Lives on at L’Auberge Chez Francois” – The Washington Post features L’Auberge Chez François in their Spring 2010 Dining Guide. http://tinyurl.com/2fymvxy And for a video visit of the restaurant, go to: http://tinyurl.com/33wta6l