Orange and Onion Salad with Olives


This Greek salad is very refreshing called “Portakal Salatasi,” a popular salad in the south of Turkey where cuisine is particularly fiery. Orange and onion salad is perfect to eat if you have colds and flu to aid clear breathing.

Orange and onion salad with olives


3 sweet juicy oranges

1large  red onion, finely sliced in rings

12 plump pitted olives

1 tsp. cumin powder or freshly cracked cumin seeds

1 tsp. dried thyme, finely chopped

1 tsp. sumac*

3 tbsp. olive oil


A small bunch of fresh mint leaves, torn or roughly chopped


As an alternative to *sumac herb, mix together:

2 tbsp. lemon zest

Freshly cracked black peppercorn

A dash of paprika


orange slices

  1. On a chopping board using a sharp knife carefully cut the oranges peel and pith.
  2. Slice oranges thinly in crosswise like a ring or half-moon shapes. Same as red onion.


onion slices

3. Arrange oranges and onion in a serving dish. Add olives. Sprinkle cumin, thyme, lemon zest with paprika and black pepper. Pour olive oil.

4. Toss salad gently, season with salt and garnish mint leaves.

Makes 3-4 servings.


Portakal Salatasi salad


*Sumac is a Mediterranean herb from a tree of cashew family that tastes tangy lemon. Since sumac is not common in Manila, I create alternative for sumac that has same taste. By mixing lemon zest, freshly cracked black peppercorn and a dash of paprika, taste is almost the same.

In this recipe, don’t throw the oranges peel, turn it into homemade orange candy!


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