March recipe: simple sliced oranges with olive oil

The Italians do it with pepper. The Spanish add a little sugar. The Sicilians may add some herbs. Martha Stewart even threw her hat into the ring with a version that adds actual chopped green olives. Anyway you want it, it's time to pour fresh EVOO over some orange slices. Both are bursting with flavour this time of year. Serve as a starter or a dessert—depending on your lifestyle. We like to think of the below version as a "salad as a dessert".

oranges being prepped for the recipe

Here are the ingredients you'll need:

Serves 1-2 

  • 1-2 oranges (depending on variety and size).
  • 2-3 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsps sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Fresh mint or basil to garnish

Here's the method:

  • Peeling & prepping the orange is the only bit of this that requires effort. To start, use a sharp knife to cut off the top and bottom of the orange.
  • Set the orange on a flat end and use the knife to slice down, following the natural curve.
  • Then slice it crosswise and remove any seeds or pith. Arrange on plate.
  • Sprinkle over your sugar and cinnamon on each slice.
  • Top with your Citizens of Soil EVOO.
  • Garnish with mint.
  • Serve immediately.

Ways to make it more your own:

  • Skip the sugar and cinnamon and make it a proper salad with red onion, basil, lemon juice, and chilli flakes. Ground black pepper is also common.
  • Lean into the dessert side by adding melted dark chocolate or cream.

 

Really, do it however you want. The point is—as always—eating something at its peak of freshness with some goodness sprinkled and drizzled on top. 

 

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