Blood Orange Salad with Olives

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Author Notes: I love a salad that I can assemble and dress on a plate. This is a classic salad -- a bit of brine, some slivers of onion, and a little kick of chile -- with a few modern touches like blood oranges and piment d'espelette. Serve as the first course for a dinner party. Follow with roasted fish or grilled lamb. And let the wine flow.Amanda Hesser

Serves 4

  • 2 blood oranges
  • 2 clementines or mandarins
  • About 1/4 small red onion
  • 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons best quality olive oil
  • 8 to 10 green olives, pitted and torn into quarters
  • Piment d'espelette (or other ground chile, like cayenne), to taste
  • Flaky sea salt, like Maldon
  1. Cut the peel and pith from the oranges and clementines, making sure to remove all of the outer membrane without losing too much of the flesh. Cut the oranges and clementines into 1/8-inch slices. Slice the red onion thinly enough that you can see through the slices; use a mandoline if needed. You will need about 8 slices.
  2. Arrange the citrus in overlapping slices on each of four plates. Disperse the sliced onion on top. Sprinkle with the vinegar, 1 teaspoon per plate. Drizzle the olive oil over each plate, about 1/2 tablespoon per plate. Divide the olives among the plates. Sprinkle with piment d'espelette, a generous pinch per plate. Season each salad with salt. Admire all the colors, then serve!

Tags: blood orange, citrus, clementine, mandarin, olives

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about 1 month ago Rafaella

It's a nice idea to vary the citrus combination. I will try it out soon. I love this kind of salads, I have a similar one (http://www.rafaellasargi...) but with radishes and green onions.

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about 1 month ago Phylora

This is so good. We just loved the combination of the flavors. Who would've thunk olives and citrus? and the cayenne brings it home.

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about 2 years ago Gennarino

My wife just does not like tartness so I augmented this recipe with balsamic glaze instead of the vinegar, sweetened it up a bit and she loved it.

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about 2 years ago Le Petit Oiseau

I just made this for dinner to accompany grilled lamb. Somehow, I forgot to add the red onion, but omg… Yum! A taste explosion in my mouth. Thanks, Amanda, for the combo!

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about 2 years ago Sagegreen

I varied the citrus for a play on the color: On each plate I had a slice of blood orange, one of cara cara and one of white grapefruit with castelvetrano olives and red onion slivers, using Nudo's olive oil with mandarins. My company LOVED this. Thanks, Amanda for such an elegant salad!

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about 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

When did you make it? I served it to guests on Saturday night!

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about 2 years ago Sagegreen

Both Saturday and Sunday....and I will serve it again on Tuesday with Sonali aka the Foodie Physician's Moroccan chicken! The citrus really brighten up the season so much.

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about 2 years ago sheimoon

did not have olives on hand but the dish worked beautifully just the same. great refresher after roasted sea bass with charmoula and a yogurt/lime/cilantro sauce.

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about 3 years ago beckycarpenter

They added pistachios - it was great.

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about 3 years ago beckycarpenter

Just had almost the same salad at Franny's on Flatbush. So so so good.

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about 3 years ago gt9

Made a big hit with this tonight.
Nice change.
thanks

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about 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Great! I like that it's such a simple twist and people are always delighted by oranges in a savory scenario.

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about 3 years ago JaneinWellesley

So many distinct flavors that work so well together -- and visually exquisite. I never had blood oranges before, so this was all such a treat. I made it twice in 3 days, and just loved everything about it. I now have several blood oranges and mandarins in the fridge and will make it a couple more times in the next week or so. Thank you!

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about 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Love the repeats!

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about 3 years ago Fran McGinty

I thought this salad was wonderful, I would never have put oranges and olives together I have made this 3 X and can't wait to try this one on a couple of good friends. I LOVED it. I had decided to try this because I bought some oranges and they were a little bitter and were not being eaten so I thought either they would go rotten and get thrown out. I might just as well try this salad first. Wow am I glad I did.

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about 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Always fun to hear when someone makes a recipe repeatedly!

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about 3 years ago brownh0rnet

Delicious! Although I tried to be cheap and use tangelos instead of the clementimes and they were a nightmare to cut and were very seedy.

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about 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Been there -- I love tangelos' flavor but very punitive!