I had wanted to make a citrus salad for a while. I only recently discovered how wonderful navel and Cara Cara oranges taste. You see, I never liked oranges. Clementines, yes. I like orange juice and the orange flavour, but some oranges are just no fun. I just guess I never met the right one. That is until a friend shared a Cara Cara orange with me. Navels and Cara Caras are sweet and light. Granted, I still have to pick a time to get my nails pulpy from peeling the orange, but at least now I enjoy what is inside. So which citrus salad to make? Spoiled by so many choices, I eventually settled on making a citrus salad with Iranian green raisins, pistachios and a cinnamon yogurt dressing adapted from Green Kitchen Stories. It had a Middle Eastern feel to it and featured a sweet yogurt dressing, which I absolutely adored in a previous chickpea and spinach salad. It was a snap to put together and tasted great.
A friend claimed this wasn’t really cooking! Well, technically, no, but it is still a dish to devour! Enjoy all the benefits of citrus with the chewy raisins, crunchy pistachios (next time I will definitely chop them, or smash them with a fry pan into chunks), refreshing mint and the sweet but spicy cinnamon yogurt dressing. I used my China Cassia cinnamon which elevated the heat for my virgin spice palate. Enjoy!
Citrus Salad with a Cinnamon Yogurt Dressing
3-4 citrus fruits (I used a navel orange, tangerine, and pink grape fruit, but blood oranges would add nice colour)
1/8 cup Iranian green raisins
1/8 cup pistachio nuts (roughly chopped)
a couple of fresh mint leaves
4 tbsp yogurt
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp maple syrup
2 squeezes of fresh lemon juice
a couple of fresh mint leaves (chopped)
1. Peel and cut all the citrus fruits in thin slices. Arrange the slices in layers on a plate. Sprinkle the green raisins, pistachio nuts and mint on top of the fruit.
2. Mix yogurt, cinnamon, maple syrup, lemon juice and mint in a small bowl and serve it with the citrus salad.