I turned 61 years old today... still on the right side of the dirt. I started the day with an early morning walk around Normandale Lake and will end it with a fine dinner tonight with family and friends. If I were to sum up how I will feel after tonight's dinner, this does it best:
It's been pretty hot here in Minnesota this week...and it's going to get even hotter this weekend. There's no better meal on a hot day than a nice, cool salad. Famous chef Ciccio Sultano grew up in Sicily and opened his restaurant, Il Domo, there in 2000. Since then he has earned two Michelin stars...an extraordinary accomplishment for any chef.
His specialty is taking the simplest of ingredients and combining them to create unforgettable dishes. The simplicity of his Sicilian Orange Salad is incredible. The prep is minimal...from start to finish you'll clock less than 8 minutes putting the salad together. And once you taste this salad, you'll be saving your money to make the pilgrimage to visit Il Duomo in Ragusa Ibla, Sicily.
2 oranges, peel and outer pith removed
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped chives
1 teaspoon chopped red jalapeño
1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup water
pinch of salt
- Separate oranges into segments (sliced as in photo).
- Add all ingredients to a wide salad bowl and toss gently to combine.
- Let salad rest for 30 minutes for flavors to blend. Then serve with crusty bread to soak up the dressing.
Wine pairing: Semillon or Semillon-Sauvignon blend