An easy side dish if you have some broccoli in the house, especially in the winter when oranges are in season.
Serves 2 if you like a large salad.
1 medium sized stalk of broccoli (I use organic because it tastes so good!)
1 orange (if you have Cara Cara oranges, they are great, but any orange you like is good)
6 or 7 Kalamata olives chopped
1-2 Tbs good extra virgin olive oil
Medium sized mixing bowl.
Peel orange, separate sections and cut sections into 2 or 3 pieces each; put into bowl. Tip: if orange is cold from the refrigerator and hard to peel, pop it into a small bowl with warm water for a couple of minutes: the peel comes off very easily after that.
Add chopped Kalamata olives and olive oil. Mix.
The salt from the olives will draw out some juice from the oranges and mix with the olive oil to make a simple vinaigrette.
Now, peel the broccoli, and cut into bite-sized pieces. Steam for 4-5 minutes either in on the cook-top or in the microwave. Drain thoroughly, and add to the bowl with the other ingredients. Mix.
Salad can be served immediately or within 15-20 minutes at room temperature.
An alternate variation is substitute apple for the orange and marinated artichoke hearts for the olives. Also, yum.