Fragrant Orange Salad with Cilantro and Mint

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Trim oranges so the bitter white pith doesnt diminish their taste.
Marry sweet fruits with savory vegetables in composed salads. Coat each vegetable with vinaigrette so it absorbs the flavor.
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4 tbsp. Zante currants
4 tbsp. rice vinegar
2 cups cooked couscous
Juice of 1 lime
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, peeled, crushed
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
2 tsp. minced fresh mint
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil or unrefined peanut oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced thin on the diagonal, cooked until just tender
2 medium zucchini, trimmed and sliced thin on the diagonal, cooked until just tender
2 cups shredded purple cabbage
1 large orange, trimmed and cut into sections, membranes removed
4 small sprigs of mint
1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

4 servings

Marinate the currants in the vinegar for 30 min. Then drain, reserving the vinegar. Toss the currants with the couscous and set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the reserved vinegar, lime juice, cumin, sugar, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, cilantro, and minced mint. Whisk in the oil and add the salt. Taste the dressing and adjust the seasonings, if necessary.

Keeping the carrots, zucchini, and cabbage in separate bowls, spoon some of this dressing over each vegetable. Toss and let the vegetables rest in the dressing for 10 min.

To assemble the salad, place the couscous in the center of a large platter. Place two small mounds of carrots opposite each other outside the couscous. Repeat this step with both the zucchini and the oranges. Place the cabbage in two rings, one around the outer rim of the platter and one around the couscous. Spoon the remaining dressing over the salad, garnish with the mint sprigs, and scatter the sesame seeds on top. Serve immediately.

Recipe by Michele Anna Jordan
August 1996
from issue #4

posted in: herbs, salad, cilantro, mint, oranges

Comments (2)

JohnDoyle writes: wow amazing
Posted: 12:30 am on October 17th
justinfinch writes: Looks beautiful
Posted: 3:31 am on May 18th
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