Citrus salad

February 18, 2010  •  Category:


Have you noticed the incredible variety of citrus on display these days? I can’t keep up! Tangelos, Pummelos, Navel, Seville, Honey tangerines, Valencia, Satsuma, Moro, Cara Cara and more; I know people who have serious cravings for a rack of ribs, but when I have a serious craving it is usually for somethingcitrusy. Why do we crave certain things? What do you crave?

Oranges, for instance, remind me of a history teacher during my last year of high school that I spent  in France. Madame Lecoq was an intense and stern woman who was admonishing us; ” Do you (spoiled) kids realize that in France after World War II, we would get oranges only once a year and it was only for Christmas?” France and all of Europe were hurting badly after the war and getting oranges was a very special thing. Can you imagine giving your kids two oranges as a Christmas present?

In Lebanon, on the other end of the mediterranean, my cousin and I would eat a lemon as a snack! We’d cut it into quarters, sprinkle it with salt and eat the whole thing (less the peel).  No kidding. I can still remember that delightful sensation of intense sourness dampened a bit by the salt. Fun!

This is a Moroccan salad or dessert. Just oranges with a few tablespoons  of  powdered sugar, a sprinkling of  orange blossom  water and a dash of cinnamon. I could not resist adding  blood oranges, tangerines  and a grapefruit.

5th cooking event mediterranean food - MOROCO - tobias cooks! - 10.02.2010-10.03.2010

This recipe is my participation to Tobias’ cooking event featuring Morocco.

I am also participating in PJ’s no cook event.


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  1. PJ says:

    Hey!!I too love to suck lemons with salt and a bit of chilli powder..Yummm!!!Loved your salad.If you are interested u can send this for my ‘no cook’ event too.

  2. Geetika says:

    Beautiful! My memory of oranges is associated with sunny winter afternoons in North India – we usually don’t have central heating in homes, so everyone comes out to sit in parks to get warm in the sun. And snack on oranges and peanuts. Warm sunny afternoons with the citrus-aroma of orange peels, mmmm 🙂

  3. sweetlife says:

    I love this salad loaded with citrus yum, I can’t imagine not having access to citrus. we are truly lucky. My hubby loves to eat lemons with salt..


  4. Sushma Mallya says:

    i just love oranges,but this salad is a sure delight for me,,looks too good and very simple too

  5. Priya says:

    Very colourful and eyecatching salad..

  6. tobias cooks! says:

    We do a similar desert here. We do not add the orange blossom water though. Delicious. Thanks for participating!

  7. Maninas says:

    Beautiful. I love citrus

  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    Gosh that is absolutely beautiful! I see you’ve got some great knife skills-I can’t seem to cut my citrus quite as well as yours !:)

  9. delices eyes says:

    Terrible cette salade, elle est fraîche et délicieuse.
    Bonne journée

  10. Angie@Angie's Recipe says:

    I have never had any salad with so many citrus…looks very delicious.

  11. nora@ffr says:

    yummmmm!!! greattttt salad!!! with soo many citrus id love to tryy!

  12. 5 Star Foodie says:

    It’s gorgeous! I love the different type of citrus there!

  13. Joanne says:

    I’ve become addicted to putting orange flavor in all of my vanilla desserts. Somehow that combination has totally hooked me.

    That salad looks amazing! A blend of all of the season’s best citrus.

  14. MaryMoh says:

    That’s such a beautiful orange salad. Love the combination of colours. I have not seen blood orange yet. Wonder how it tastes like.

  15. farida says:

    I have seen a similar recipe in a Moroccan cookbook I have but have never tried it. I should though. It looks so colorful. Plus oranges are plentiful now, as you mentioned.

  16. Velva says:

    Your citrus salad looks fresh, healthy and delicious.

    I smiled about the idea of giving my sons for Christmas two oranges 🙂

  17. Fearless Kitchen says:

    This looks wonderful. We’re big fans of citrus here in the Fearless household, so we’ll definitely be trying this sometime soon. (I also want to try your lemon snack. I know my husband will love it!)

  18. Louise says:

    First time here. Nice blog:) Looks like I’m just in time. What a rainbow of citrus goodness. Thank you so much for sharing…

  19. Padhu says:

    Wow! Salad looks colorful and healthy.I am sure it will take delicious.

  20. oum mouncifrayan says:

    une découverte pour moi cette recette!! merci

  21. HistoryOf GreekFood says:

    Same here, I mean until early 50s oranges were a delicacy and given as gifts during Christmas.
    And I love the appearance and flavor of sweet or savory orange salads.

  22. pierre says:

    salut joumana
    tres fraiche cette salade !! bizz pierre

  23. Azita says:

    i love citrus and this look very delicious! lovely presentation!

  24. Faith says:

    I love the vibrant colors in this stunning salad! It looks so pretty arranged on the plate — almost like a flower in bloom! I sometimes crave citrus too…and green salads a lot of the time.

  25. Recipe man says:

    wow this looks so good. with the amazing colors and all.
    im sure to try this out


  26. spice says:

    Love oranges, love citrus fruit can never get enough of it….but right now I like your presentation…rose in a bloom….perfect.

  27. Fouad says:

    Looks great. A beautiful, simple celebration of citrus fruits. It doesn’t need much else.

  28. Biksuit says:

    Géniale cette de salade à l’orange de mon pays revisitée, ça lui donne un charme à part.

  29. heni says:

    Beautiful colours and flavours!We (my cousins and I) used to eat lemons straight! Good luck in the events!

  30. TNS says:

    LOVE citrus…mouthwatering salad!!

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