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Citrus and onion salad

I am on a bit of a salad kick at the moment. It must be the fact that the weather is turning and we can finally braai every weekend again, or it is just because I have to find new and interesting ways to get things that aren’t starches or proteins into my diet.

I have issues with fruit and veg. There is nothing in this world as boring as an apple/cucumber/tomato all on its own. I cannot fathom reasons to make myself eat things that are not covered in some sort of flavour enhancer – be it a dressing or a complementary food.

This weekend I bashed out a quick citrus and onion salad – and it turned out to be an absolute winner. The salad virtually dresses itself and requires minimal effort on the part of the assembler.

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1 red onion, sliced in rings
a bunch of wild rocket
a handful of mint leaves
3 oranges, peeled and segmented
zest and juice of half a lemon
1 medium hot red chilli – deseeded and chopped
olive oil
red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon of sugar

Mix the onion, mint, orange, lemon juice chilli, salt, pepper, sugar and olive oil in your salad bowl. Lightly squeeze the orange segments to release some juice, but don’t destroy them. Let the mix stand and develop flavour while you do other things, like drink win and braai meat, cook pap or open beer.
Just before serving, toss in the rocket, mix and serve.

Voila! Salad with more than one colour and three of your five-a-day in less time it takes a bottle of red wine to breathe.


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