Orange , Date and Almond Salad

Today was one of those days when I desperately wanted to be alone, no gossiping on the phone , no cooking . I have one exam to complete my course and I have zero motivation to study… I take out the book , do a problem and I yawn and almost fall asleep. Now this is getting a little overboard and yet again I decided to take a break after doing that one problem and

  • called my mom and bitched about life in general,
  • made concrete plans for an impending vacation and then
  • went to the gym for a nice good workout and then I felt really good
  • Made this wonderful salad and ate it all

Life suddenly seemed blissful and I felt blessed , I seriously think it was the salad and the workout that did me good. So I made it again for dinner and we gorged as we were famished.

I normally don’t slice the oranges in a circular fashion but bee’s salad prompted me to do so. We love this orange salad with middle eastern flavors. Simple yet soul satisfying.

I used Valencia Oranges which are summer oranges available from february to October and ras el hanout to spice up the salad , Ras el hanout is a middle eastern , west african blend of spices which contains , nutmeg, paprika , cardamom, mace, cumin, turmeric , coriander, clove , cinnamon and peppercorns.

Ingredients:

2 oranges

A pinch of Ras el Hanout

A tablespoon of rose water

Orange blosson honey or plain honey

Mint leaves

2 dates sliced lengthwise

Slivered , toasted almonds to garnish

Take the oranges and remove the rinds using a knife , and slice them in circles , toss them along with the dates in some rose water , ras el hanout ,and sprinke mint , almonds and drizzle with orange blossom honey and serve chilled. A tasty summer salad which will help you beat the heat !

orange-salad

This goes to WBB -summer feast , started by Dr Nandita of Saffron Trail and hosted by Dear Sia of Monsoon Spice and also to Think spice , Think Nutmeg , conceptualised by dear sunita of Sunita’s World and hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen

Another view

orange-date-salad

27 thoughts on “Orange , Date and Almond Salad

  1. sunita says:

    That looks so colourful…and yes, working out always helps…not that i am a great one to say so…haven’t been to the gym for months now :-(

  2. Meeta says:

    You are making me feel guilty!! I have not been to the gym in light-years! This from someone who used to go three times a week!!!!!! But I love the colorful salad! Perfect for a warm summer’s day like today!

  3. rachel says:

    I have a b******* session with my mom every morning after A leaves for work and L goes to school..and am relieved by the end of it :)

    Love the play of colours and flavours in your salad..

  4. Sunshinemom says:

    Beautiful shots, Dee! My husband cuts oranges like this! The salad must have tasted yum – I have a fruit chaat with the usual chaat masala and a squeeze of lime. The ras el hanout smells good from the combination of flavours!

  5. Bhawana says:

    wow what a color combination :). Good salad, I can eat such salad anytime. greatttttttttttt.

  6. RedChillies says:

    I yawn when I think about the gymn. I lack the motivation to do exercise for even 5 minutes. How do you manage to feel good, anyways?
    But the sald, now that is to die for!

  7. Dee says:

    @ RC, Meeta ,sunita a couple of days ago , I used to loath the treadmill, they were only god for nightmares, but then , the fear of going home(India) overweight bothered me , my mum will ruthlessly cut the carbs and give me boiled beans , this ordeal is so much better than her controlling what I eat.. She is all set and looking forward to doing eat. She has already promised me that she will get me into my ideal weight , knowing her… I know she would.

  8. Dee says:

    Thankyou all for the wonderful comments , it was indeed a pleasure to eat and riot of colors to see.We thoroughly enjoyed this.

  9. Madhuram says:

    What a burst of colors Dee? I remember you telling me about this salad a couple of days back. You were also thinking of making muffins with this combination right?

    I don’t know why Dee, these days I’m feeling hungry always. Earlier I used to work out in our elliptical machine, but it’s collecting dust for more than 6 months now.

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