Insalata di arance rosse (Blood Orange Salad)

In contorno, Sicilia by Frank2 Comments

I recently found some blood oranges from California at the market–and I love blood oranges–so I made a blood orange salad as ‘dessert’: you just peel and slice the oranges, sprinkle over some black olives (Gaeta or nicoise are best), bits of red onion and parsley. Season with a bit (not much) of salt and pour over un filo d’olio. It’s beautiful to look at, and a refreshing end to a meal.

Blood oranges are wonderful if you can get them; they’re much sweeter than regular oranges. In Italy, blood oranges–as oranges and lemons generally–are strongly associated with Sicily. There are actually at least three different types of blood oranges (see Wikipedia). I remember the ones you could usually find in Roman markets were called tarocchi, which were very dark red and very sweet. You can sometimes find imported Sicilian oranges. Another blood orange salad adds fennel instead of olives and onions. I’ve never tried it, but it sounds yummy, too.

Actually, orange salad is more commonly made with regular oranges. They make a more striking dish, as their bright orange contrasts with the black olives. You can also make the salad just with black olives, and skip the onions and parsley, if you like. Even just plain oranges with olive oil (and possibly a bit of white wine vinegar, if you want it tarter) is really nice.

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  1. I just made this for Christmas dinner and it was a huge success! Delicious!

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