French Fridays with Dorie: Orange and Olive Salad

Orange Olive Salad

A New Years Resolution

Christmas is not here yet, and I’m already thinking of New Years’ resolutions.  Food resolutions, that is.  Although I try to eat well at least 70% of the time, I know I still need to increase the amount of fruits in my diet.  I’ve already figured out a way to do it.

No more boring fruit salads.

Nothing totally against you, good old mix of cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple and the odd strawberry or grape in the buffet or plastic container at the supermarket.  Just think how much better you would be with a pinch of salt, little dressing, a sprinkling of herbs, or the crisp bite of red onion.

Olive Onion and the Supremes

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Orange and Olive salad, really sang in my mouth.  Supremes of navel oranges and ruby red grapefruit, thin slices of red onion, a few sliced Kalamata olives, sea salt, and olive oil.  As a nod to the bonne idea and the Moroccan inspiration behind the salad, I also added a few drops of orange blossom water to the olive oil.  I knew this combination would be harder to pair with dinner, so I served it instead for breakfast.  It would also make a great mid-afternoon snack, when those cravings for both sweet and salty bites creep up on you.  Another great fruit cup alternative!

orange olive salad

Breakfast of champions: orange and olive salad, scrambled eggs Adriana on toast and the first shot of the day

Attack of the Word Nerd

This recipe wraps up a surprising one-two punch of Moroccan influenced recipes.  Coincidence, FFwD Santa? Thanks to Mardi’s Mr. Neil, last week we learned that the French name for Morocco is Maroc (and that they produce great Syrah).  If you find yourself needing to know the Spanish name for the Arab ‘kingdom of the West’, it is Marruecos.

I hope all our Doristas and loyal readers who celebrate Christmas have a wonderful holiday with their family and friends.  May you be blessed with the company of your family and friends!

French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group where its participants, the fearless Doristas, work their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table.  Need more orange and olive salad inspiration?  Click here!  The original recipe is posted here.

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Author:Adriana

Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

12 Responses to “French Fridays with Dorie: Orange and Olive Salad”

  1. December 19, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    MR Neil will be very chuffed that he gets a shoutout here 🙂 He is the ultimate word (and wine!) nerd! Love your New Year’s resolution – no more boring fruit salads indeed! I need to resolve to do that too!

  2. December 19, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    Now that’s a resolution I can keep…I need to branch out with my fruit salads, too! Your supremed version looks terrific. Merry Christmas, my sweet friend!

  3. December 19, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    That’s a great NewYear’s resolution! I love fruit and eat quite a bit of it. What I need to add is veg! I do not eat enough vegetables. Your salad looks delicious. I can’t wait to make it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too Adriana!

  4. Mary Hirsch
    December 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    Although I knew the French take on Morocco was Maroc, I didn’t know they produced great syrah until last week. As for “Marruecos”, that’s a new one. Always learning something from you Doristas. You are absolutely right about veering off from the traditional and boring fruit salad. I will adopt your resolution also (since I am no longer making any) and may throw a little grapefruit in with my Orange/Olive version. Nice post.

  5. December 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    I love that you served this for breakfast – it really is a breakfast type of dish. Maybe my mistake was serving it as a side. Merry Xmas!

  6. December 19, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    It never would have occurred to me to serve this for breakfast. I’m glad that worked out for you. I like that you added grapefruit to the mix. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  7. December 20, 2014 at 3:40 am #

    What an excellent idea, breakfast fruit cup! Will suggest to my hubby to try it for breakfast, he is getting it for dinner tonight!

  8. December 20, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Oooo a great idea to serve this for breakfast or brunch! Yours looks so pretty! I think it’s funny how we Doristas plug along even when we know, we will be the only one eating a particular dish! This one was my hubbies loss…I loved it!
    I also enjoyed all your interesting facts about Morocco.
    Wishing you, dear Adriana, and all your family…a blessed Christmas, with peace, health and happiness in the New Year ~ xoxo!

  9. December 21, 2014 at 2:27 am #

    I agree with you on no more boring salads. One of the most important things I’ve learned in this group is to be bolder in my thinking about food pairings. This salad has a very rewarding boldness, indeed.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year!

  10. December 21, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    I love the idea to serve it as a mid-afternoon snack, and totally agree that it’s when the sweet-salty monster attacks! Looks great and glad you enjoyed it. Merry Christmas!

  11. diane zwang
    December 22, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    It looks like a great breakfast. Happy Holidays!

  12. December 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    Merry Christmas, my friend.
    I love it when you go for the recipe on Friday mornings 🙂 I am sure E is used to it by now.
    I enjoyed this one too. (I only cut up one clementine, so no one had a sharing chance…)

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