Friday, May 04, 2012


My boss held an orange in his hand, examining it.  "I don't like naval oranges,"  he informed me after a pause.  He told me stories of growing up in Orange County and having "orange fights" with his friends.  "You'd take a bite from the orange to open it up and then throw it.  The juice would explode all over the person."

I looked at him for a minute.  "Why would you waste a perfectly good orange?" 

I told him of my love for Cara Cara oranges.  He's never had, so I'm going to bring him in some on Monday.  And then I came home and decided that all this talk of Cara Caras and oranges was making me hungry.

Fruit salad with dinner was definitely called for.  They say you can't compare apples and oranges, but you can certainly combine them.  Add a couple of bananas in the mix and I can't think of a more classic fruit salad.

 Apple, Banana, and Cara Cara Salad
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp paprika
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup canola oil
poppy seeds
1 apple, sliced
1 cara cara orange, sliced
1 banana, sliced
  1. Combine the mustard, sugar, paprika, and lemon juice in an electric mixer.
  2. Slowly add the canola oil while the mixer is on.   Beat until thickened.
  3. Add the poppy seeds and mix to combine.
  4. Combine the sliced apple, orange, and banana.  Toss with the dressing.


  1. I love oranges of all kinds. I don't know if I've ever had a Cara Cara though

  2. You know, I'm generally not a huge fan of oranges? I think since I love grapefruits so much, oranges just taste too sweet to me! Weird.

  3. Wow, this looks so delicious!

  4. This looks really good, I'm starting to get hungry.