A healthful winter salad

I hope you had a nice start to the New Year.

We welcomed 2013 at the beach with friends and a bonfire followed by a trip to our favorite citrus grove. We spent the rainy afternoon picking fruit and letting the kids enjoy nature, mud and all. The best.

It is that time of year when we infuse our kitchen with the aromas of zest and juice. Pommelo supremes with sheep’s milk yogurt and honey, red navel orange juice as a mid-afternoon snack, grapefruit and olive oil madeleines and lots of salads like this one. Pea shoots, navel orange, watermelon radish, scallions and bonito tuna that my parents brought back from the Basque Country. We cannot get enough.

I am leaving for NYC tomorrow where I will be hosting a CityGrit dinner (want to join me?) and I have packed a few oranges in my bag. I plan on baking a citrus cake when I return. Can I tell you I have been daydreaming about this cake? True.

I will be back soon with more photos from our trip to the citrus grove, Alaska and a book signing at Fig and Fauna. So much to share. Oh and next week, I will be in Montreal hosting a book signing and cooking demo at Appetite for Books and a cooking class and dinner at SAT Labo.

In the meantime, I leave you with the healthful salad. Next time I will add avocados and smoked salmon. Yes?

Pea shoot, orange, watermelon radish and bonito salad

serves 4

4 cups (100 g) pea shoots, watercress or other greens you might like
2 Navel oranges, peeled and cut into rounds
1 watermelon radish, finely sliced (preferably with a mandoline)
2 purple scallions, diced
4 ounces (110g) olive oil-packed bonito tuna (this is the one my parents bring from Basque Country)
3 tablespoons chopped pistachios
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 teaspoons champagne or white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon fine sea salt

Mix the first 6 ingredients on a platter. Drizzle with olive oil, orange juice, vinegar and salt. Toss the salad with your hands, massaging the pea shoots. Allow the salad to sit for 5 minutes before serving, this will soften the pea shoots a bit and will mix all the flavors together.

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64 Responses to “A healthful winter salad”

  1. Ashley says:

    Such a pretty, simple salad. Whoa, lady you are busy right from the start. Hope to see you this year!

  2. Elisa says:

    Wow! I love these photos! They look marvelous, just as the sun emerging from a blanket of clouds :) we really need some detox around here! Too many family lunches :) i bet this very yummy-looking Salad will be a good starter!
    And, by the way, I’m expecting with much anticipation your post about orange cakes; I love oranges, but I always shied away from the thought of adding them to a sweet treat: what I love of them is their tanginess and acidity, and I’m afraid sugar will ruin it.so, I’m curious about this upcoming recipe :)
    Hope you will have good time in New York!

    • Aran says:

      Elisa, I would love to see your family lunches! I hope the cake turns out. I know what you mean about orange cakes but I am planning on adding a bit of grapefruit and pommelo too for a bit more acidity. I am feeling pressure to deliver now :) xo

      • Elisa says:

        Oh, I’m sorry to have put pressure on you! I didn’t mean it! Your cake will surely be a hit :)
        Yes, family lunches are something to witness in every family, I think! Lots of people who know each other too well to be annoyed of the mess, or to mind a few jokes… Christmas time is all about that :) And I, in my turn, am curious about a New Year’s Eve spent at the beach! Wow, a dream of mine! :)

  3. Melissa says:

    Beautiful, light and fresh! Just what the New Year calls for. We have been eating a lot of salads this past week after all the heavy (yet delicious) meals of the holidays. Have fun in NYC and Montreal- such fun places!

  4. Wow, that looks so fresh and delicious. It’ll be an amazing explosion of flavours once you add the avocado and smoked salmon!

  5. Gil Dantas says:

    As always with your posts and recipes, simplicity and elegance. Love this blog! I’ve been craving for salad recipes during the winter (when I usually neglect eating more greens…), but I guess I cannot say no to oranges!

  6. Sarah says:

    What a fresh light take on using winter citrus. Inadvertently perfect for all those January detoxers out there.

  7. I would rather call it a spring salad, as radish , at least in my country (Poland) is a typical spring vegetable. Truth is, no matter what the name is, the salad looks and I bet tastes delicious too!

  8. Oh Yummy! I will definately be making this salad. I have been in a bit of a rut with salad recipes lately. Little that I have found lately has inspired me. But your combination looks so fresh and inviting. And perfect for our hot Summer weather at the moment. I just have to add the ingredients to my weekend shopping list, if I can wait that long. I already have some smoked salmon ready for my birthday on Friday, so if there is any left over I will add some too like you suggested. Have a great time on your travels! Looking forward to your return. xxx

  9. You are seriously making me miss the little orange grove we had in our yard when we lived in FL. You cannot beat fresh picked citrus…

  10. It looks so simple yet so delightful. What a lovely salad.

  11. I have grown peas for a couple years now and feel quite silly saying that I had no idea the greens were edible! All the orange trees in our neighborhood are ripening up, so I am going to give these mysterious pea greens a try with some citrus. Thank you for the recipe!

  12. Dena says:

    Aran: I am glad the new year is starting out so well for you and your family. This recipe looks delicious. ‘will make it soon! Safe travels!

  13. You make salad look so pretty! I don’t know how you do it, but you make me want to eat more healthful foods!

  14. P says:

    please start to publish nutritional facts.

  15. Katie says:

    I know what you mean about not being able to get enough of those fresh citrus flavors at this time of year. You are so lucky to have them available locally. It is so refreshing to see your pretty images to refresh and defrost my winter blahs here in Vermont. We just got back from Montreal ourselves, and I hadn’t been up there since your food styling workshop last summer. What a fun city in the snow! Can’t wait to hear about all of your fun activities. Safe travels to you.

  16. The salad looks delicious and refreshing. I really enjoyed meeting you at the Swank Farm to Table event on Sunday. I will wait patiently for the orange cake recipe. I am also looking forward to the honey bell oranges being available soon. Have fun in NYC.

  17. Picking Oranges straight off the tree….WOW…luck you , our branches are all totally bare of everything right now in the English Lakes.
    Stunning pics as always Aran.

  18. What a beautiful salad! Though I do love Canada- I must say I wish I had a sweet little citrus grove nearby that I could pop by. Those watermelon radishes are too cute! Will have to make this version come sweet summer. Thanks for sharing!

  19. The salad looks so fresh and lovely! I’ve been eating my weight in grapefruit and clementines- just can’t seem to get enough citrus!

  20. Dan says:

    One of the healthiest and lightest salads ever. That’s the kind of food I am craving for during work time (it’s where all you can eat is JUNK food) !

  21. Samuel says:

    Looks fantastic… I will make it tomorow and bring it to school as snack

  22. Anis says:

    Aran ,made your aioli recipe twice and enjoyed it but I am wondering why mine kept its yellow “pate a choux” color instead of turning white as featured in the book?

  23. zuza says:

    Happy New Year!

    That looks beautiful. I’m so in the mood for salads right now. This is one I made:



  24. I just sat down at my desk with a cup of tangerine tea and pulled up your post. I seem to be craving all things citrus these days {this usually happens to me in January}. The salad looks wonderful and the photos are beautiful {as always}! A cup of tea & a visit to your blog…a wonderful way to celebrate 10 minutes to myself…Thank You!

  25. Oh WOW, Aran..

    I just watched the trailor for you book and I have to say it brought such honest and loving joy to my heart to see you with your family enjoying the best moments of life.

    I truly salute you for all the work and effort you make daily to let this world blossom!

    Keep rocking, gorgeous woman!

    /hugs from the Earthsprouty world

  26. Anis says:

    Hi Aran , regarding your basic swiss buttercream filling for macarons can I replace all the butter or part of it with mascarpone or whipped cream in order for it not to melt easily at room temperature? and when you said that the recipe makes 48 macarons do you mean 48 shells or 48 piled up macarons?
    many thanks

  27. La Torontoise says:

    Dear Aran,
    Love this salad, made it for dinner last night and was a hit!

    Also, I love your food photography and have been reading your blog for 6-7 months but only now write. I learnt a lot from both the pictures and the recipes! It makes a difference to my life and is a lot of fun. Thank you so much! Please keep the good work in 2013.
    Wishing you a healthy and prosperus 2013!

    PS. Currently, I’m developing my food photography skills by using Helene’s book., From Plate to Pixels. And your pictures give me so much inpiration!

  28. La Torontoise says:

    Dear Aran,
    So fresh salad, made it for dinner last night and was a hit!

    Also, I love your food photography and have been reading your blog for 6-7 months but only now write. I learnt a lot from both the pictures and the recipes! It makes a difference to my life and is a lot of fun. Thank you so much! Please keep the good work in 2013.
    Wishing you a healthy and prosperus 2013!

    PS. Currently, I’m developing my food photography skills by using Helene’s book., From Plate to Pixels. And your pictures give me so much inpiration!

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  34. Lu says:

    Is it just for winter or can I get the ingredients at anytime of the year?

  35. Iwona says:

    I love oranges as well. I’ll try your recipe as I have a special occasion – a birthday of my little daughter. :) She loves cakes and sweet salads. Thanks.

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