There are so many traditional foods eaten during the New Year celebrations. Each symbolizes something hoped for in the coming year – prosperity, wealth, fertility, luck, longevity, and more. Chinese New Year falls on January 31st this year and marks the beginning of the Year of the Horse (MÇŽ).
Tangerines and oranges are popular and plentiful Chinese New Year foods. To usher in the Year of the Horse, I wanted to make a healthy, vibrant tangerine salad. Tangerines represent wealth, and oranges represent good luck. I sprinkled the tangerines and oranges with pomegranate seeds with symbolize fertility. The deep red color represents happiness and is said to repel evil spirits. I also added sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. In addition to fertility, seeds represent harvest and abundance. This salad, though not traditionally Chinese, is fresh and flavorful and would be a great addition to a Chinese New Year’s food table.
Orange and Tangerine Salad with Pomegranate Seeds
3 Cara Cara oranges, peeled and sliced
2 navel oranges, peeled and sliced
2-3 tangerines, peeled and sliced (can use clementines or mandarin oranges)
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
1/4 cup mixed seeds, such as sesame and sunflower (can also use pepitas)
Juice of 1 orange
2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
a little honey, to taste (optional)
pinch sea salt
1. Arrange the orange and tangerine slices on a platter. Sprinkle with the pomegranate arils and other seeds.
2. Whisk together fresh orange juice, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, honey, and sea salt. Drizzle over the top and serve.
Yield: 4 servings