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Feta, endive and orange salad

Feta, endive and orange salad
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

When the London restaurant Moro opened in 1997, I remember reading that to research Muslim Mediterranean cuisine, the chef-couple -- Samuel and Samantha Clark -- spent some months traveling around Spain and Morocco in an old camper van. They simply ... Read more

Total time: 20 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Superfine sugar, if desired
  • 2 large oranges, or 3 blood oranges
  • 3 heads of Belgian endive, any damaged outer leaves removed, whole leaves or sliced crosswise into 3/4 -inch pieces
  • 1 cup loosely packed flat-leaf parsley leaves (from 1 small bunch)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, coarsely chopped if large
  • 1/2 very small red onion, sliced as thinly as possible
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Scant 2 cups walnut halves
  • 1/3 cup drained oil-cured black olives

Step 1Make the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil with the red wine vinegar until they have more or less emulsified, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Add a pinch of sugar if needed to soften the acidity. This makes about one-fourth cup dressing. Set aside. 2. With a small sharp knife, preferably serrated, cut the rind and all the pith off the oranges, keeping the oranges whole. Slice the oranges crosswise into one-fourth-inch slices and place them in a large salad or mixing bowl. Gently toss in the endive, parsley, oregano and onion.

Step 2Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss to coat. Crumble the feta over the top of the salad, then sprinkle the walnuts and olives over the salad. Serve immediately.

Note: Adapted from "Moro East" by Sam and Sam Clark. They write, "This salad is particularly good and colourful made with blood oranges when they are in season. A simpler version, omitting the feta and walnuts, makes a tasty side dish to accompany grilled fish and duck.".


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