A Citrus Salad with Fried Rosemary and Olives

A salad is a nice crisp course that can go with any meal, or be a meal itself. Even at restaurants, you can have a salad before your meal or have a dinner salad off their menu. Many restaurants have a variety of salads and their own dressings.

At home, it’s easy to throw a salad together for lunch, before a meal, or even a dinner. If you fix the same salad every time though, it could be boring.  You’ve tried cob salad, traditional salad, ceasar salad, and other salads that can be easy to make, but it’s time to try a new salad. One that will capture your senses.

Recipe #1:

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable oil
  • 4 3-inch rosemary springs
  • Kosher salt
  • 10 pitted oil-cured black olives
  • 6 blood oranges
  • 6 Cara Cara oranges
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

First, pour 1 inch of vegetable oil into a heavy saucepan. Use a deep-fry thermometer and make sure the bulb is in the oil and watch for it to get to 350 degrees F. Put the rosemary springs in and fry until crisp and bright green. This will only take 10-15 seconds. Transfer them to a paper towel lined plate and season them with the kosher salt. Add the olives to the oil and fry until the bubbling has ceased.

This will take a bit longer at about 4 minutes. Place them on the same plat and tear the rosemary leaves off the springs and mince them. Next chop the olives.

Use a small, sharp knife to cut, peel, and white pith from all of the 12 oranges. Cut crosswise into ½” rounds and arrange them on a platter. Season the oranges lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Then drizzle the olive oil over them and add your rosemary and olives.

Citrus Salad Recipes

The above recipe can also be altered just a bit. To add some more citrus to the dish so it’s not sweet, you can cut a lemon and add it to the dish. Also, if you’re looking for some green to add to the plate since it isn’t a traditional salad, try adding spinach or arugula.

When trying any recipe, you don’t have to follow it exactly that way, unless you’re baking. For this salad, you can add any citrus you want and different kinds of olives. You can also add different greens and dry different dressings. You don’t have to use extra virgin olive oil every time. Try a vinegar dressing. Not every dressing will work. You don’t want to put a thick, heavy cream based dressing with citrus.

If you think the recipe seems a bit simple, try adding something that you think will go with the dish to make it more complex and delicious. If you want a big crunch factor, try adding something crunchy. You can even add more fruit if you desire it to be sweeter.

 

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