New Year's resolutions are tough, am I right? That's why I like to stick with the more general category of "goals"- and I tend to only come up with goals that I will actually enjoy fulfilling. High up on the list this year was to eat more fresh fruits and veggies- and what better way to do that than a beautiful rainbow of a salad?
Another one of my goals? Cook from the cookbooks I received for Hanukkah! As soon as I opened Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty More, I knew I was going to want to cook just about everything inside. What better place to start than with this delicious orange salad?
I adapted the recipe slightly for my family's preferences and what was available at the grocery store, and I have to say it turned out pretty darn great. Citrusy freshness from the oranges, a crispy bite from the radishes and arugula, an added depth of flavor from the fresh herbs, and sweet chewiness from the dried figs- this salad will make you look forward to checking off those New Years goals, I promise.
Orange Salad with Arugula and Mint
- 5 medium oranges
- 10 dried figs, quartered
- 4 oz radishes, sliced paper thin
- 1/4 small red onion, very thinly sliced into rings
- 3 cups arugula
- 3 leaves of bibb lettuce, torn into pieces
- 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup mint leaves, coarsely torn
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- salt and black pepper
To make the dressing, whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, and cinnamon. Add the olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, and a generous grind of pepper and whisk until combined. Set aside.
Slice off the top and end of each orange. Cut down the sides of each orange to remove the skin and the white pith. Cut crosswise into slices about 1/4 inch thick.
Put the oranges, figs, radishes, onion, arugula, lettuce, parsley, and mint in a large salad bowl. Stir the dressing and pour it over the salad. Gently stir everything together and serve.
adapted from Plenty More