I got a totally sweet cookbook for Xmas and my family got a lot of oranges from various Floridian relatives. So, I looked up funky orange recipes and decided to make this gem, mostly because I knew the odd combination meant that I’d get to eat all of it. Also, I think I had just been shoveling or something, because I was STARVING. As in, hungry enough to eat oranges and olives (but really, you should try it!). So, without further ado, funky orange salad (courtesy of Amanda Hesser) and funky orange salad variation:
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3 T olive oil
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp minced garlic (one clove, or dried works well)
3 navel oranges
12 black olives
salt and black pepper (what other kind of pepper is there?)
1. In salad bowl, whisk together olive oil, cayenne, garlic, and paprika.
2. Peel and section the oranges. I despise pith, so I used 4 navel oranges and cut them like this:
- Slice off the top and bottom so that the orange can stand flat on a countertop.
- Holding the orange flat on the countertop, slice off the peel in smooth cuts down the side. You may take some orange off with the peel, but you will get rid of the pith.
- Once all the peel is removed, flip over and trim off any peel still stuck on the other end.
- Hold the orange sideways and slide the knife between one section and the skin/pith between sections. Then, cut the section out. Rotate the orange and cut out each section this way, leaving behind the skins in an empty orange-shaped husk.
- You are done. It is worth the trouble, but only if you hate pith as much as I do.
3. Put the orange sections and black olives in the salad bowl and toss with dressing. Season to taste with salt and black pepper (the black pepper is clutch).
Variation: for those who cannot bring themselves to buy cayenne and paprika, or serve oranges and olives to guests.
1. Omit paprika and cayenne. Replace with hot pepper flakes (you know, the kind you sprinkle on pizza. Those are worth purchasing. You might make pizza, right?). Omit black olives.
2. Follow steps 2-3 above.
Shazam! You have a tasty, slightly odd, definitely interesting treat. And it’s full of vitamin C!