Roasted Cara Cara Oranges

These gorgeous oranges are a wonderful addition to a cheeseboard; or, remove the rinds and toss into a salad!

Ingredients:
3 Cara Cara oranges, sliced into thick wedges
½ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
½ cup pistachios or other toasted nut of your choice, chopped

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to broil. Line a baking sheet or roasting pan with foil or parchment paper and place the orange wedges on pan. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the top of the exposed fruit.

2. Place under a broiler for 3-5 minutes, until the brown sugar is bubbly and beginning to brown and the edges are caramelized. Remove from oven. Drizzle orange wedges evenly with honey and top with the nuts. Serve warm.

Cara Cara Orange Salad with Arugula & Fennel

This crisp, citrus-kissed salad is both bold in flavor and beautiful in presentation.

Ingredients:
1 Cara Cara orange
½ pound arugula greens
½ red onion, thinly sliced
2 petite fennel bulbs, quartered, cored and thinly sliced, plus a handful of the fronds

Vinaigrette:
1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
⅓ cup freshly squeezed juice from a Cara Cara orange
¼ cup white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
¾ cup olive oil
Sea salt salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Spread the arugula greens out on a large, round serving platter to make a bed.

2. Using a sharp paring knife, cut the tops and bottoms off the orange. Stand oranges up and slice to remove the peel and membrane. Then, slice oranges crosswise into thin wheels.

3. Arrange the orange on top of the arugula, overlapping the slices slightly. Then layer on the fennel slices.

4. Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients and drizzle over the salad and then season with ground pepper if desired.

Roasted Beets with Raspberry Vinegar

Kissed with notes of raspberry and orange, these beets are truly fantastic!

Ingredients:
1 bunch baby golden beets, greens removed
3 tablespoons olive oil
1½ teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
Juice from a Cara Cara or Navel orange
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 400°.

2. Peel the beets with a vegetable peeler.

3. Place the cut beets on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and thyme leaves and then a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, turning once or twice with a spatula, until the beets are tender. Remove from the oven and immediately toss with the vinegar and orange juice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper as needed and serve warm.
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Meyer Lemon-Garlic Kale Salad

Tossed with a sweet-tart citrus dressing, this salad is fresh and bright and pairs nicely with just about any main dish.

Ingredients:
1 large bunch Lacinato kale, greens removed from thick stems, washed and patted dry
1 cup slivered almonds
⅓ cup Meyer lemon juice
1½ cups olive oil
4 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
Sea salt

Method:
1. In a small skillet, toast almonds until golden brown and fragrant. Set aside to cool.

2. In a bowl, combine the lemon juice and 1 heaping teaspoon salt. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Using the flat side of a knife, crush the garlic cloves and add to the dressing, setting aside to steep.

3. Working in batches, cut the kale into thin ribbons and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the almonds. Remove and discard garlic cloves from dressing. Pour half the dressing over the salad and toss. Taste for both dressing and salt, adding more as needed. Serve within 1 hour.

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