Sephardi Orange Salad (Ensalada sefardi)

Our last trip to Spain took us to the Extremadura region in the west by the Portugal border where we based ourselves in its capital Mérida, in a flat opposite one of the aqueducts. If you ever want to take a photo of your offspring on a swing with a Roman aqueduct for backdrop – head for Mérida. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it boasts one of  the most impressive collection of Roman ruins that you can see outside Italy – not to mention other sights.

Near the Temple of Diana there is a pleasant restaurant where we were served an Ensalada Sefardi – Sephardi Salad – as a free starter. The Sephardi Jews lived in Spain until the end of the 15th century when they were expelled by the Catholic Kings, Ferdinand and Isabella. Here I probably should be writing about the history of Sephardic cooking but I don’t think the 300-word-limit for this post allows for that!…

What I will share instead is the recipe because this salad is really easy to make and makes a nice starter – should even win with fussy eaters and children.


  • oranges (1 per person)
  • 1 pomegranate
  • a dash of Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar


  • Peel the oranges and cut off the membranes from the segments (see photos showing how best to do this at RossGastronómica). Save the juice squeezed out during the process.
  • Sprinkle the sugar over the orange segments.
  • Mix the juice of the orange with the olive oil.
  • Cut open the pomegranate and take out the seeds.
  • Put the orange slices on a plate, add the pomegranate seeds and the juice-oil mixture, toss gently. Let it stand for a few minutes.

The result should look like this:

Sephardi Orange Salad
Sephardi Orange Salad

My thanks to RossGastronómica (if you speak Spanish, do have a look at her blog) who visited the same restaurant in Mérida and allowed me to use her photo here. (It’s a small world.)

2 thoughts on “Sephardi Orange Salad (Ensalada sefardi)

  1. arwen1968

    España es un país bellísimo y todos los lugares que visitábamos nos impresionaban mucho. Los paisajes son hermosos, hay mucha historia y la gente es encantadora. Y la comida también. 🙂

    Muchas gracias por tu foto y por darme la oportunidad de practicar el español a la vez!


Comment is free...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s