Or cinnamon and apples. Or cinnamon and chocolate, sugar, anything. I love cinnamon, I think you can tell. But this was about oranges. I love oranges too, and they are in season right now! It is amazing how cold winter can produce such a beautiful fruit: the orange spheres with the irregular peel and fresh smell. They kind of smell like summer to me.
Mainly I use oranges for orange juice. Because freshly squeezed orange juice tastes great, it's full of vitamines and it's made in no time. But after a while I start thinking about other ways to use oranges.
One of the best recipes I can think of is an orange salad. We have been making it for years now and I love the taste of pepper and olives combined with the juicy orange slices. It is perfect as an appetizer or as a side dish.
So, the dish would definitely look and taste better with some fresh herbs, I tried with basil once and I really liked it, but I think fresh thyme or oregano would be really nice too! I only had dried oregano at hand and I had to make it work; it was still excellent.
- one small orange per person (it looks nicer if you mix in some blood oranges)
- black olives (I use an italian variety called Taggiasca)
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- fresh herbs of your choice (basil, oregano or thyme)*
Peel the oranges and cut them in slices.
Arrange them on a dish and dress them with salt, pepper, olive oil and herbs.
Add the olives (as many as you like).
*dried herbs work as well