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Sicilian Orange Salad

Updated on September 21, 2012

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An Easy Sicilian Appetizer

A lot of friends and family back in the states frequently ask me for recipes that I have picked up while living in Italy. This is blood orange season in Sicily, so many restaurants offer this simple orange salad as an appetizer or a side dish. It sounds a little odd, but has a fresh flavor that is great for spring and summer. My recipe was made with blood oranges, but if you don't have access to them any fresh oranges will work.

Sliced oranges
Sliced oranges
Olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper
Olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper
Finished product, ready to serve
Finished product, ready to serve

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: Serves 4 people as an appetizer or side dish


  • 6 small oranges
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • approx 2 tablespoons scallions, chopped
  • to taste salt & pepper
  • optional crushed red pepper & parsley


  1. Peel the oranges and slice into circles as shown in the first photo above. Place in a bowl or on a platter. Note: blood oranges are sometimes hard to peel, so you may need to use a knife to cut away the skin.
  2. Chop scallions and sprinkle them over the orange slices.
  3. Sprinkle chopped parsley and/or crushed red pepper over oranges if desired.
  4. Mix together olive oil, lemon juice salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing mixture over the orange slices.
  5. Stir oranges a couple of times to mix all ingredients together. Serve and enjoy!

The Citrus Press That I Use

Campeon Lemon Squeezer, Medium, Yellow
Campeon Lemon Squeezer, Medium, Yellow

I have often found myself fishing for lemon seeds when using fresh lemon juice. I finally broke down and bought a citrus press, and it makes things much easier when using fresh lemon or lime juice in recipes. This is the citrus press that I use in my kitchen. There may be better ones out there, but this one works great and the price can't be beat.



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    • lizurd profile image

      lizurd 6 years ago from Italy

      It is generally served as an appetizer, so before the meal. If you are serving a meal that you think the orange salad would go with as a side, you could use it that way as well.

    • rjsadowski profile image

      rjsadowski 6 years ago

      Do you serve this with the meal or before the meal?