Winter Citrus Salad With Belgian Endive
Late winter really is the time for the best citrus. Produce markets have piles of blood oranges, as well as navel and cara cara oranges and grapefruit, the flesh of each in different vivid brilliant colors. For this salad, use as many kinds of citrus as possible. If you can find pomelos, they add their own kind of sweet tanginess. The combined flavor of sweet and sour citrus, fruity olive oil and coarse salt is seductive.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 1blood orange
- 1cara cara or navel orange
- 1small shallot, finely diced
- 1tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 2Belgian endives, trimmed
- Coarse sea salt for garnishing, such as fleur de sel
Step 1Peel the citrus: With a serrated knife, cut off top and bottom of the fruit, so it sits solidly on the cutting board. Cut top to bottom following fruit’s curve to remove peel and white pith. Slice the oranges and grapefruit horizontally into 1/8-inch rounds and place them in a bowl. Save the accumulated juice in the bowl for the vinaigrette.
Step 2Make the vinaigrette: Combine the shallots with red wine vinegar in a small bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes, then whisk in the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the reserved citrus juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Step 3Slice the endives crosswise into 1-inch thick ribbons (but slice the dense core thinner) and place in the center of a salad plate.
Step 4Surround the endive with citrus slices. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and sprinkle lightly with coarse sea salt.