Author Notes: I’m a huge fan of citrus in salads – the slight acidity and extreme juiciness pretty much negates the need for vinegar and the sweetness allows for the addition of salty and earthy components such as olives and goat cheese (funny, both are in this salad…).
I really didn’t think too much about what was going into this salad – it came together because I was rooting around in the fridge – but, in retrospect, the flavors work together incredibly well. The olives might seem weird, but they play off the sweet oranges perfectly and the goat cheese is a creamy, slightly funky foil to the two. Mild crunchy hazelnuts, and a good glug of the best extra virgin olive oil you have (I’m partial to the green stuff bottled by Frankies 457) round it all out and tie it all together. It’s so simple and so easy but this salad is most definitely greater than the sum of its parts. —raspberryeggplant
ounces baby arugula
Cara Cara orange
ounces goat cheese
large green olives (such as Castelvetrano or Picholine)
tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil
teaspoon fine sea salt
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Wash and dry the arugula, then divide between two dinner plates.
- Cut the ends off the oranges, then peel them with a sharp knife. Segment each orange over a bowl to catch the juices, then distribute the orange segments between the two plates, reserving any juice. (Amanda and Merrill’s video on this is really helpful if you’ve never done this before.)
- Toast the hazelnuts either in a small skillet or in the microwave oven (1 minute on high, stopping halfway through to shake the plate). Let the nuts cool for a few minutes, then rub them in a clean dish towel to remove as many of the skins as possible. Coarsely chop the nuts and distribute between the two plates.
- Break the goat cheese into small chunks and distribute between the two plates.
- Drizzle any remaining orange juice over the arugula, then drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over each plate. Sprinkle each one with half of the salt and pepper and serve immediately.