Orange Salad with Celery & Raisins

I simply can’t get enough of oranges when they’re at their peak. When I was a child, my father used to drive us to his friend’s orange grove and we would come back with large crates filled with the best navels, clementines and mandarins I’ve had in my life. Moroccan citrus is among the best; if you ever get a chance to visit, you ought to taste some.

It was not uncommon for me to devour a dozen or so clementines at a time (!). My parents didn’t mind and I never got sick from that. My mom usually transformed what was left into marmalade or a simple orange salad such as this one, or the one I’m sharing today. They may be simple creations, but oh so deceptively tasty.


P.S. The winner of last week’s book giveaway is Kelsey. Congratulations!



Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 15 MIN


4 navel oranges
1 celery stalk, finely sliced
½ cup golden raisins
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Sea salt, to taste
¼ cup chopped pistachios
1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley


Remove the peel and pith from the oranges and slice them into 1/3-inch rounds. Arrange them on a plate. Scatter the celery and raisins on top.

In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt. Spoon the dressing evenly over the oranges. Sprinkle the salad with pistachios and parsley.

Serve slightly chilled.


8 Responses to “Orange Salad with Celery & Raisins”

  1. 1

    Monique — 05/24/2013 @ 3:21 pm

    How fresh! Must do:)

    Hope all is well:)

  2. 2

    Eha — 05/25/2013 @ 12:30 am

    Absolutely delightful! Have never combined orange with celery, nor used pistachios for such a recipe! The first local oranges just arrived at the market when I happened to be there yesterday, so guess what . . . and thanks !

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    Joanne — 05/28/2013 @ 5:31 am

    I love all the flavors in this salad! So tasty!

    • Nisrine replied: — May 28th, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

      Thanks, Joanne!

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    Amanda — 05/30/2013 @ 8:53 am

    I’ll have to put this celery and orange thing in my back pocket for orange season. California oranges are deep winter delights. Looks good!

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    foodwanderings — 06/02/2013 @ 4:57 am

    Hi Nisrine, isn’t it funny so many Moroccan salads are deceptively simple but yet packed with flavor. This is no exception. Looks scrumptiously delicious. & I too easily ate as many clementines, though I might have gotten sick but it never stopped me. :)

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    Kiran @ — 06/03/2013 @ 12:24 am

    Great flavors and textures here, Nisrine. Can’t go wrong with yummy Moroccan salads this time of the year :)

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    Eben — 07/04/2013 @ 3:12 pm

    Delicious. Also delicious is oranges with fennel…an Italian classic. Or celery and pears…

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