Oranges, fresh from the tree, are a winter treat I have started looking forward to since moving to California. I am not sure I realized citrus has a season because it always seems to be available. I know - I just never stopped to consider it............Almost everyone I know has at least one citrus tree and most are in full fruit right now. Usually my meal planning starts with a wander around our garden to see what looks tempting and ripe. Today's haul was a basket of oranges, lemons, young celery stalks and parsley. I feel a simple salad coming on...
Note to self - don't overthink this. Fresh ingredients layered on a plate with olive oil and sea salt - it is plenty. Just peel and segment the oranges, trim the celery leaves, slice some red onion and mince some parsley leaves. Layer on a plate and drizzle with some good olive oil and a little sprinkle of sea salt. Top it off with some orange zest. Done and done!
Simple Orange Salad
2 - 3 large oranges
big handful of young celery stalks with leaves
Peel and supreme oranges. If you are in hurry - just slice the oranges. Lay orange segments or slices on a plate and top with thinly sliced red onion. Trim young celery tops and place on top of the onion slices. Sprinkle with minced parsley leaves.
Drizzle on a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Finish with orange zest.
NOTE. Save the peels for additional zest or candied orange peel. So many options!