Recipe File: Tapas: Red Onion and Orange Salad

Our normal table top gaming cadre is having a Spanish theme to the dinner we usually have prior to playing.  Thusly I finally got the chance to put together some tapas (appetizer) recipes.  I made three dishes and I’ll put them all three up as separate recipe files.  This one is one I adapted from several Internet recipes and is easy to make.


12 or so medium sized Mandarin oranges
1 medium sized red onion
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Sea Salt and freshly ground pepper
6 tablespoons golden raisins
4 tablespoons chopped green olives
2 tablespoons honey roasted sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons honey roasted sliced almonds

This recipe is really just about assembly.  Take the golden raisins and soak them in hot water for 20 minutes to rehydrate them a bit.  Drain and dry them.  Peal the Oranges and cut the oranges crossways to create round slices of orange.  You should get a good three or four slices per orange.  Finely chop the red onion.  Lay the orange slices down on a large plate and generously scatter the red onion over the slices.  Combine the oil and lemon juice along with the salt and pepper and whisk.  Carefully spoon the dressing over each of the orange slices.  Dust the plate with the raisins, olives, and nuts.  That’s it!  Your end result should be bright and colorful, and will go great with a dry white wine or for a real cross taste experience, an IPA.

Serve chilled.


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