Winter is the season for citrus, and good thing, because citrus is an excellent source of Vitamin C, fiber, and folate. Originally from Sicily, blood oranges are now widely available in the US, and are especially easy to find at farmer’s markets in Southern California. Look for plump fruit that feels heavy for its size. Their bright crimson juice makes a beautiful cocktail ingredient for margaritas or martinis. And they are a stunning addition to salads.
This salad couples blood oranges with another traditional Sicilian ingredient…olives. The flavor combination was divine.
Mixed Greens with Blood Oranges & Olives
2 large handfuls of baby mixed greens
1 medium or two small blood oranges, peeled and cut crosswise into pinwheels
1/4 cup Kalamata olives, halved lengthwise
1 shallot, thinly sliced in rings
1 tblsp fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tblsp white wine vinegar
salt and black pepper
2 tblsp extra virgin olive oil
1. In a large bowl, whisk together orange juice, vinegar, salt and pepper, and in a slow steady stream, the olive oil.
2. Gently toss the lettuce, olives, and shallots in the dressing. Arrange the blood orange slices around the edges of two plates. Mound the lettuce mixture in the center of each plate.