Here are two good reasons to load your grocery cart with oranges now: first, they’re at their peak of sweetness and juiciness during the winter months; and second, they contain enough vitamin C to help ward off those seasonal colds your co-workers may be carrying around.
But oranges boast more health benefits than just vitamin C — the fruits are also said to fight inflammation and diabetes and boost brainpower. You can’t go wrong eating a whole, delicious orange as a snack, but branch out by trying one of the top-rated recipes below, starring oranges in a variety of meals and courses.
|Arugula, Fennel and Orange Salad
The bright flavors of peppery arugula, the anise accent of fennel and the tangy sweetness of oranges come together in this vibrant winter salad. See an easy guide to segmenting citrus here.
|Edamame and Orange Salad
This recipe calls for frozen edamame, so you can whip up this nutritious side dish in a flash. The orange add a bright, fresh flavor to the mild soybeans and complement the Asian-inspired flavors of ginger and cilantro.
|Skirt Steak Salad with Oranges and Arugula
Choose lean, grass-fed beef for this salad if you can, as it has more healthy fats than the alternative. Fresh orange juice is an ingredient in the marinade, so you’ll gain a double dose of vitamin C with this recipe.
|Fish Tacos with Tomato and Orange Salsa
Orange, lime, jalapeño and cilantro add a quartet of bright, fresh tastes to this low-fat dish. Pacific cod, halibut or flounder would be excellent stand-ins for the salmon.
|Citrus Compote with Honey and Golden Raisins
Excellent served on its own for a weekend brunch, this compote can also be warmed over low heat and spooned over ice cream or sorbet.