Orange Salad

8 10 2009

Ingredients:

4 blood oranges (although any medium sized sweet orange will do)

1 large mango

1 small red onion

1 jalapeno

3-4 tbs cilantro

3-4 tbs mint

3 tbs olive oil

What to do:

In a small bowl, juice one half of one of the oranges and add in olive oil.  Whisk to combine.  Set aside. 

Peel remaining oranges and put slices in a large bowl.  Remember to take out the seeds. 

Using a knife, peel the mango and dice it up.  Be careful of the large pit in the center.  You kind of have to work around it.  I’ve found it is easiest to dice down to the pit and then slide the blade of the knife along the pit to release the yummy goodness of mango flesh.  Anyway, toss the mango into the bowl with the orange. 

mango

Dice the onion and add it as well.  Cut off the stem of the jalapeno.  Cut it in half lengthwise.  Using a small spoon, scrape out the seeds and white parts from inside the jalapeno and discard.  (Since the seeds and white membrane are the hot spicy part, this salad isn’t overly spicy.)  Dice the jalapeno and toss it in the bowl. 

jalapeno

Finally, rinse the cilantro and mint.  One bunch at a time, hold the bunch by the stems with the leaves angled down towards the cutting board.  With your knife, scrape downwards to release the leaves and leave the stemy bits behind.  Roughly chop the leaves and toss in.  Repeat with the other bunch. 

cilantro

Pour dressing over the top and toss to combine.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for a couple of hours for maximum flavor.

orangesalad

This is great alongside grilled meat, chicken, or fish and is especially popular at outdoor events or cookouts.