Oranges, Onion and Olive Salad

Doesn’t this look like a luscious and healthy way to start the new year?  Yes, all those holiday meals and desserts were tasty and enjoyed by all – but now is the time to start thinking a little leaner and a little healthier!  It doesn’t hurt anyone to eat light now and then (I can hear the boos coming from a few of you!)!

I met Kate at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.  She is one very busy little person!  She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kentucky on the 16th, works full-time as a Fellowship Officer in the Graduate School at the university, and works part-time with a young autistic boy – among other things!  This was her one week off and I was very happy to have an afternoon with her!  Kate was running a tad late – and that gave me more time than I needed in the cookbook section!  I found Essentials of Mediterranean Cooking – a Williams-Sonoma book – and just had to have it.  After spending a little time with this book, I found recipes I just had to make!  Such as this one!

I love oranges – so sweet, so good – so good for you!  Believe it or not, olives were not on my favorites list.  But a little encouragement from Ritchey and I have fallen in love – well, with them both!  And the red onion added with the other two main ingredients just gives a super combination of flavors!  The dressing is not overpowering, but the hint of cinnamon truly makes this a Mediterranean dish!  I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did tonight!

Oranges, Onion and Olive Salad

  • 4 navel oranges
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup olives, quartered and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Using a sharp knife, cut a slice off both ends of each orange to reveal the flesh.  Place the orange upright on the cutting board and, using the knife, cut downward to remove the peel and pith, following the contour of the fruit.  Cut each orange crosswise into slices 1/2 inch thick.

Arrange the orange slices on a serving platter, overlapping them slightly to cover the plate nicely.  Separate and scatter the onion slices over the top.

To make the dressing, add the orange juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Whisk until blended.  Whisk in the olive oil.

Scatter the olives over the orange slices and drizzle with the dressing.  Let sit at cool room temperature for 10-15 minutes to blend the flavors.  Sprinkle with parsley and serve at once.  Enjoy!

24 responses to “Oranges, Onion and Olive Salad

  1. What a lovely combination of flavors:)

  2. Mmmm…what a vibrant salad. The brininess of the olives with the sweet oranges sounds so good!

  3. I never would have considered combining orages with olives. Never in a million years! Yet, if I think about it — and toss in some onion and cinnamon — it all begins to make sense. You know what? I think I’ll try this. Thanks, Phyllis, for sending me down a path where no Bartolini has gone before … :)

  4. Delcious. Simple. Healthy. :) You may like a recipe I picked up a few years ago with pink grapefruit, red onions and fennel. Have a great day !

  5. Interesting…Might have to run this past Hubby. He’s the olive fan. I’d love the oranges and onions!

  6. It’s confimed now, you and I do cook very similar as I was just about to make something very much like this!! A group of bloggers are doing a citrus month bloghop and this was the recipe I was going to post!! Yours is a bit different so I’m excited to try this!!

    • Yes, I concur! We do cook very similar – and enjoy very much the same things! This month I’m thinking healthy and lean! Christmas and New Year’s was such a non-stop time for enjoying food, now we have to sit back and make healthier choices! Let me know how this turns out when you make it!

  7. thecoastallivingmom

    Ah, middle eastern food at its best! My husband loves oranges, I think I’ll have to surprise him with this dish!

  8. I’m liking this fruit salad kick you’ve been on, very unique ones too.

  9. My mom used to make this too, but she used black Greek olives as well as a hint of ground fennel seeds

  10. I am the most lucky and blessed person that gets to eat all the wonderful delights everyone sees on this blog!
    Ritchey Brown

  11. I never thought about oranges and onions.. but this salad looks absolutely amazing. Very nice

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