Sicilian Orange Salad is a delightful and refreshing dish for any occasion. I remember when, in third grade, my teacher told us the legend of the orange tree.
The orange tree lived on a beautiful island, surrounded by a clear blue sea where the sun often shone even in winter, and it was never cold.
The Orange tree was always covered with green and glossy leaves. In spring, on other trees sprouted small flowers, which then turned into tasty fruits in summer. When autumn arrived, their leaves became yellow and started to fall.

In winter, their branches were bare and sad.

The Orange tree, instead, always had its leaves, and he always wondered why his leaves would never fall. He wanted to offer something to the children playing in the meadow every morning and hoped to see a tiny blossom at least. Some men watched its beautiful leaves, waiting for something colorful to grow from its green surroundings.
While everyone was asleep one night, the sky’s stars sprinkled a shiny, mystical powder that settled down on the branches of the poor, fruitless tree.
After a few days, a miracle happened: the tree sprouted beautiful fragrant white flowers that the sun’s rays then turned into a plentiful fruit that we now call the orange: the fruit perfectly round and with the color of the sun. The strange tree was happy and said to himself: – I waited so long, but it was worth it!

Orange salad

How to make Orange Salad

There are two recipes for orange salads; one is very common and is prepared with fennel, black olives, and Tropea onion. It is often served as an appetizer but can also be a side dish for meat and fish.
Another version is the orange salad with sardines or anchovies, a delicacy, a contrast of tastes—sweet and salty—that enhances the dish significantly.
These two dishes can be combined and commonly prepared in Sicily. I wanted to separate them because I love both dishes separately.

Sicilian Orange Salad

Sicilian Orange Salad Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins Total Time 10 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 4 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Description

Sicilian Orange Salad is a delightful and refreshing dish for any occasion. Here's a simple recipe to make it:

Ingredients

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Instructions

Fennel and Black Olives

    • Peel the oranges and remove the bitter white part.
    • Cut the oranges into slices and arrange them on a plate.
    • Wash the fennel well.
    • Cut the fennel in half and then into thin slices.
    • Clean the onion and cut it into thin slices.
    • Prepare an emulsion by beating extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper with a whisk or fork.
    • Arrange the fennel, oranges, and Tropea onion slices on a plate. Garnish with black olives, season with the previously prepared emulsion and a few drops of balsamic vinegar.

Sardines or Anchovies

    • Peel the oranges and remove the bitter white part.
    • Cut the oranges into slices and arrange them on a plate.
    • Mix oil and balsamic vinegar in a bowl with sardines (fillet into small pieces), onions (cut into small pieces), chopped parsley, salt, and pepper.
    • Pour the mixture over the oranges, and … Buon appetito!
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