Sicilian Blood Orange, Olive, and Red Onion Salad
by eat in my kitchen
The past mornings have been rather cloudy and grey and to make it even worse, they pulled my beloved wild vine off the wall opposite my kitchen window, which I used to call my vertical garden – the poor thing damaged the bricks. My little garden is gone. So the mood hasn’t been very uplifting. And as I sat at the table in my kitchen, chewing over a new exciting meet in your kitchen feature that I’ve been working on over the past few days and that I’m eager to share with you, I had to decide to postpone it. The feature was supposed to be up on the blog this week, but unfortunately, my guest from afar – Australia – is opening his second restaurant and so busy that we couldn’t finish the interview yet. I felt a bit sad, or rather frustrated, because I adore his work and I’m so curious to read his answers and to get to know him a bit better. In these moments, I can be like a little child, impatient and not willing to accept reality – in this case: having to wait.
Food is the best cure for disappointment, at least in my case, so I looked around my kitchen to see what I could use to throw together for a quick and uplifting lunch. As I spotted a bunch of ripe blood oranges, I remembered a Sicilian salad made with the sweet citrus fruits, olives, and red onions. I added some rucola, olive oil, flaky sea salt, and crushed peppercorns and enjoyed the colourful plate in front of me just as much as the fresh taste of this delicious composition. Needless to say, my mood was much better after the first bite. The sweetness of the oranges merges perfectly with the spicy rucola and onions and the dark and oily depth of the olives. And it’s put together in just a few minutes – it’s a keeper!
Blood Orange, Olive, and Red Onion Salad with Rucola
fresh rucola leaves, 2 handfuls
small blood oranges, peeled (outer skin and white pith), cut into rounds, 4
small red onion, cut into slim rings, 1-2
black olives with pit 12-16
flaky sea salt
black peppercorns, crushed in a mortar
Divide the rucola between plates. Lay the blood oranges, onion, and olives on top. Drizzle with some olive oil and season with flaky sea salt and crushed pepper to taste. Serve immediately, preferably with soft ciabatta.