Spicy Orange Salad — Πικάντικη Σαλάτα με Πορτοκάλια και Ελιές

Reading The New York Times Magazine this past Sunday, I came across a recipe for Moroccan-style Spicy Orange Salad republished from a 1980 article in The Times. I’ve added orange sections and olives to lettuce salads before, but never put together a salad of just orange and olives accented with fresh herbs and a spicy “dressing.” The writer presenting the Recipe Redux in the Sunday magazine was adamant the Spicy Orange Salad should be a more widely appreciated dish and so I had to see what all the fuss was about.

All I can say is, “Ditto!” This salad combines savory and sweet in an amazing way with completely accessible ingredients that require a mere chop, dice, whisk and toss to reach mere perfection. Trust me, this salad is that good. The only thing I did differently was to add a sprinkling of fresh cilantro for an extra pop of flavor. Seriously, take note: this Spicy Orange Salad makes for the perfect first course/salad to start off a meal. 

Πικάντικη Σαλάτα με Πορτοκάλια και Ελιές – Spicy Orange Salad
(from a recipe in The New York Times Magazine)
Makes 4 servings

3 large seedless oranges
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon paprika
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon vinegar (red-wine or sherry)
3 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
12 Kalamata olives, preferably pitted
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Peel the oranges, making sure to remove as much of the white pith as possible. Cut each orange into wedges, then slice each wedge into one-inch pieces.

In a medium-large bowl, combine the olive oil, vinegar, cayenne, paprika and garlic. Whisk in some salt and pepper to taste. Add the orange sections, parsley, cilantro and olives and toss gently. Serve the salad cold or at room temperature.

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8 Responses to “Spicy Orange Salad — Πικάντικη Σαλάτα με Πορτοκάλια και Ελιές”

  1. Ivy says:

    Surely a very unusual salad but savory and sweet combination always works. Love the addition of fresh coriander.

  2. Rosa says:

    Very original and so tasty looking!



  3. I love putting orange and olives in my salad, but never thought of it sans the lettuce plus spice. I’m definitely going to try this! Yum :)

  4. Núria says:

    A great colourful and delicious different salad, Maria! Love your pictures and the new look of your blog :D

  5. Peter says:

    I love it Maria, for both the flavours and colours. I would add some thinly sliced red onions too!

  6. Joan Nova says:

    Great combo of flavors and colors.

  7. Nice colours and flavours Maria…this is one to def try out! With citrus season on the way I’m bookmarking this one!

  8. maria says:

    this salad reminds me of a story my motherinlaw told me about the war – oranges were often eaten with olive oil and salt, as a salad during ww2, because there was a lot of hunger then, and the villagers’ food supplies had been confiscated by the nazis

    citrus fruit in salads is making a shy comeback now in greece too – lovely idea, especially served on a bed of lettuce

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