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Chinese New Year Orange and Tangerine Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

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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).

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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.

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Orange and Tangerine Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

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