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Moroccan Orange & Olive Salad

Moroccan Orange & Olive Salad


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 minute

Serves 4

  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds

  • 4 large oranges

  • 125 g (4 oz) green olives

  • 50 ml (2 fl oz) extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon harissa, or to taste

  • 1 crisp lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

  • Salt

  • Dill sprigs, to garnish

  1. Heat a small heavy-based frying pan and dry-fry the cumin seeds until fragrant. Tip into a grinder and grind to a powder.

  2. Remove the rind from 1 of the L oranges with a zester and set aside. Peel the oranges with a sharp knife, carefully removing all the pith. Working over a bowl to catch the juice, cut out the segments from the oranges and discard any pips. Put the oranges and olives into the bowl.

  3. Whisk or shake together the oil, harissa and roasted cumin. Add salt to taste, then pour the dressing over the oranges and olives and toss the salad together.

  4. Arrange the lettuce leaves on 4 plates. Add the orange and olive mixture. Garnish with the reserved orange rind and dill sprigs and serve.

Note: Made from peppers, olive oil, garlic, coriander, cayenne pepper, cumin and mint, harissa is a North African puree used as a condiment. It is available from most supermarkets.

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