Sicilian Orange Salad Recipe

Delicious Sicilian Orange Salad

I remember when in third grade my teacher told us the legend of the orange tree.
The orange tree was living in a beautiful island, a land surrounded by a clear blue sea where the sun often shone even in winter and it was never cold.
The Orange tree was always covered with green and glossy leaves.

In spring, on other trees sprouted small flowers, which then in summer turned into tasty fruits. When autumn arrived their leaves became yellow and started to fall.

Delicious Sicilian Orange Salad
Orange Salad

In winter their branches were bare and sad.

The Orange tree instead, always had his leaves and he always wondered why his leaves would never fall. He wanted to offer something to the children who were playing in the meadow every day and every morning he hoped to at least see a small blossom. Some men watched its beautiful leaves and waiting for something colorful growing out from its green surrounding.
One night, while everyone was asleep, the stars of the sky sprinkled a shiny, mystical  powder that settled down on the branches of the poor, fruitless tree.
After a few days, a miracle happened, the tree sprouted beautiful fragrant white flowers that the suns rays then turned into a plentiful fruit that we now call the orange: the fruit perfectly round and with the color of the sun. The strange tree was happy and said to himself: – I waited so long but it was worth it!

Delicious Sicilian Orange Salad
Orange Salad

The orange salad in Sicily is prepared with red onions of Tropea (a small town on the east coast of Calabria, in southern Italy).
I don’t like red onions and I usually prepare the salad with long green onions.

Delicious Sicilian Orange Salad

Prep Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Keyword: blood orange, Mediterranean flavor, orange cake, salad
Servings: 4


  • 4 oranges medium-sized
  • 2 long green onion
  • chopped parsley
  • 3 fillets of sardines in olive oil extra virgin
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


  • Peel the oranges and remove the bitter white part.
  • Cut the oranges into slices and arrange them in a plate.
  • Mix oil and vinegar in a bowl with sardines (fillet into small pieces), onions (cut into small pieces), chopped parsley, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour the mixture over the oranges and … Buon appetito!


The orange salad is an excellent dish that can easily go with a second course of meat or fish.
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