Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Cucumber Tangerine Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts


The name pretty much tells you everything you need to know--this salad sounds like a crazy person assembled it. But it tastes like that crazy person was really an idiot savant de salade. It's in the same spirit as the even crazier, even more delicious dish at the longstanding D.C. Greek and Turkish tapas hotspot, Zatiniya. There, they call it "Portakal Salatasi" which the menus describes as "oranges, red onion, pine nuts, kalamata olives and feta with orange blossom dressing."

You should really go to Zantiniya (Hint: Go early so that don't have to wait with the beautiful people at the bar for an eternity. The place is very chic) and have their version. But failing that, this is a tasty, quickie at-home version that omits the olives and is therefore slightly less threatening and more of a go-along-to-get-along side salad.

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Cucumber Tangerine Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts

In a dry pan, gently toast until golden:
1/4 cup pine nuts

Cut in quarters lengthwise:
1 English seedless cucumber (or a normal cuke, if that's what you have)

Peel and de-pith:
1 tangerine, mandarin, or other small orange-like fruit
Pull segments apart and cut each one in half.

Combine all of the above in a bowl, and toss with:
1 Tablespoon white vinegar (I used rice wine vinegar)
1 teaspoon rosewater or orangeflower water (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste

Crumble on top:
2 Tablespoons goat cheese

Refrigerate until serving.

25 comments:

BDaveatUF said...

One of my favorite salads is a similarly jumbled and unappetizing-sounding mess, but is beyond delicious. Chopped red onion, cubed watermelon, chickpeas, steamed string beans or other snappy green vegetable, feta cheese, and basic balsamic vinaigrette. Of course, once I hit upon that goodness, I just started filling cantaloupe halves with feta cheese and a drizzle of vinegar and going at it with a spoon.

Katherine said...

BDave--That sounds great. Similar to a Nigella recipe for a salad of watermelon, feta, and mint that I have been meaning to make as well.

Audrey said...

This looks delicious. I love cucumber salads.

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