Friday, June 17, 2011

Moroccan inspired Orange and Peanut Salad

What do you do when you have a fruit box full of oranges waiting to be consumed by someone ?
What do you do when you choose to forget and mentally make a note that this area of the refrigerator is not in for today's menu ?
What do you do when you mentally instruct your body to turn away from it for several days in a row ?
What do you do when your body has unconsciously programmed not to look into that particular area of the refrigerator ?
Now what have I done...? 
I have a bag full of ripe oranges stashed securely inside the fruit box and I am doing nothing about it... No ! Scratch that...  I wasn't planning of doing anything until I saw this Summer Salad recipe with Orange as the hero.... 

Although my summer break started a week back... It wasn't until this week that I really started to revel in. It dawned on me that I was hiding behind the shadows of past contemplating what I should have done and shouldn't have done...As the saying goes Past is past, unless I have some sort of time-travelling technique I cannot do anything about it. 
Learn from the past and move on !!!
Lets just say Lesson Learned !!! 
So this week was all about rejuvenation, both mind and body. Photography for the mind & some culinary adventures and exercise for the body. Off course some television too (Who am I kidding?). To make sure I do not deviate from the plan I even made a list of things I will be doing each day. True fact  :  I suffer from time management issues. If I say dinner will be ready in one hour, the husband decipher it as two hours. Clearly his subconscious has also been programmed. Clever right :)

This salad is inspired from a Moroccan recipe... I had a feeling that I will love it the moment I saw the recipe...and I was right...I love it when I am right...:P

Lemon dressing with a hint of cumin and chili complements the orange well. Paired with the peanuts and diced onions makes the salad crunchy just like a salad with croutons and lettuce. It brings out a nutty flavor to the mouth which balances the tangy orange and lemon flavor...:) What more do you want in a salad ...?

Recipe :
  1.  Oranges                  -  4,   Peeled, with pith removed, and sliced.
  2.  Roasted peanuts     -  1/2 cup
  3.  Onion                     -  1/2  of a large, diced.
  4.  Lemon juice           -  1/2  to 1 tbsp
  5.  Olive Oil                -  2 tbsp
  6.  Ground cumin        -  1/2tsp (roasted)
  7.  Chili powder          -  1/2 tsp
  8.  Chili flakes             -  pinch
  9.  Coriander leaves    -  1 tbsp, chopped finely

On a serving plate place the sliced oranges, diced onions and roasted peanuts.
Make a dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, chili powder and chili flakes and pour over the salad.
Sprinkle with chopped coriander leaves.

Enjoy while it lasts...:)

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  1. Omg, thats a beautiful,catchy and nutty salad, simply refreshing and pleasing..

  2. Very interesting salad,would love to try too.

  3. My my..soo tangy n crunchy!!..A refreshing salad:-)

  4. Lovely salad..looks very vibrant n superb clicks..:)

  5. inspiring salad.U can send this entree to my event .
    Vegie / Fruit a month - Orange

  6. Amazing, refreshing, inspiring salad! Nice photos, Ann :) Keep going with theese staff, we love everything what's little bit different from Mediterranean food which we eat every day :)

  7. That should be really refreshing one.. Love to try this out once...

  8. What a vibrant and delicious looking salad!

  9. What a great fresh salad. I LOVE the last picture

  10. Beautiful salad! love the seasoning you chose. Can't wait to try it.

  11. Salad ingredients look delicious and the photos are beautiful.
    It's hard for me to slice oranges like in the photo, I'll start with canned mandarin oranges first.
    Thank You.

  12. Absolutely love the flavours in this salad! I'll have to try this as oranges are now in season :-)

  13. This is such a fantastic salad. I think I am going to make it this week :)

  14. Dear Ann !!!!
    i dont have words to express my love for your clicks..
    and loved the new blog look..did u buy it ?

  15. My first time to your space, and such a pleasant trip it is! Love this recipe. Must try during orange season! Are you on flickr, Ann? Would be nice to connect with you there!


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