So I had a crazy flashback while making this salad.
I was standing in the restaurant in 105degrees, in my little cheffer outfit, segmenting an entire bucket of blood oranges. It was my first time working with the citrus, so naturally I was astonished by the bright, bold color.
I used the orange segments as a garnish for a fancy raw cheesecake, which was also drizzled with a sweet blood orange glaze.
(from back in the day! I can’t believe that was 5 years ago)
We stored the cheesecake in the freezer because the cashew filling softened quickly, and we’d pop one off a plate, and garnish just before serving. We usually used our chef’s knives to remove said cheesecake from the plate, and you can probably see where this is going. I had a stubborn cheesecake, and when I finally got it off the plate, the plate went flying through the air, shattered (in an intimate and quiet dining atmosphere) and I also gashed my hand in the process. The end, and the reason why my stint in restaurant cooking (or un-cooking) was fairly short-lived 😉
I couldn’t help but grab a bag of blood oranges when I saw them at Trader Joe’s. A tiny part of me throughout about doing another raw cheesecake, but I decided to keep things simple and let the natural flavor of the oranges shine, instead of being muddled with a ton of ingredients.
To make a bright and savory salad, I segmented the bag of oranges (got about 1 1/2 cups)
added one pack of steamed beets (you could also use 6 fresh beats, roasted with salt and olive oil)
and 2 cups chopped basil. Next, I drizzled in a little olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, and topped with sunflower seeds.
Simple and delicious.
No plates were damaged in the making of this salad.
Do you have any awesome blood orange recipes? I think the juice would be glorious in a mimosa or sangria!
Have you ever worked in the restaurant atmosphere? Any awesome fail stories? 😉
Have a great day!