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Do you mix oranges and tomatoes in the same recipe? How?

How do you mix oranges and tomatoes (if at all)? Any favorite ingredient combinations with these two? I'm working on cold salads, and these two seem to clash a lot when mixed with other ingredients.

Thanks, everyone :)

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canucksgirl4 years ago
I've used oranges (specifically blood oranges) in salad. I usually just chop up some and squeeze a small amount of additional juice for the dressing, and its quite nice actually. I find the sweetness is nice if your tomatoes are a little tart. :-)
Keko4 years ago
I should also add that you are mixing seasons here (tomato/summer and most citrus/winter), and that is adding to the problem here.
garnishrecipes (author)  Keko4 years ago
Very true, and I like your suggestions for a juice (I've thought about making a citrus vinegar as well). I haven't tried navel oranges with cherry tomatoes yet, or sun dried. Thank you for the suggestion!

I like blood oranges for dressings; blood orange juice is delicious mixed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The combination might go well with beets or Cherokee Purple tomatoes.

Oranges and tomatoes in the same season is atypical; I live in California, where our growing season is considerably extended.

However, you hold a strong point that certain tomato and orange varietals weren't meant to pair- for instance, Naval orange with Roma tomatoes (and mozarella and avocado) was a big no-no in this particular salad trial.

For others in Northern California, these charts are a great resource for pairing seasonal fruits and vegetables, or deciding what recipes to shop for when shopping at a Farmer's Market.

http://cuesa.org/page/seasonality-chart-fruit-and-nuts

http://cuesa.org/page/seasonality-chart-vegetables
Keko4 years ago
I like the idea of using juice of the orange as part of a dressing, etc. I would use a Valencia or Texas Sweet for this. Both are sweet juice oranges, but the Valencia usually has more tartness to it. Blood orange is a great idea too, but more tart. A navel orange would be a good choice if you wanted the body of the fruit in the salad because of its more pleasing texture. That might be good with cherry, or even sundried tomatoes. You could also roast sliced roma tomatoes in the oven with a little olive oil, and that might make an interesting combination with oranges. Maybe they could be together in a salsa or garnish too. Always look for smooth skin on whatever fruit you choose when buying citrus.
Jayefuu4 years ago
Orange, lentil and tomato soup is fantastic.
garnishrecipes (author)  Jayefuu4 years ago
Whoa. Sounds delicious. Where do you find a recipe for that?
My first job when a teen was in a small lakeside cafe. It was one of our most popular dishes. I'll write it up one day.
Do it do it do it!!!
This one here looks promising.....
The orange JUICE for the acidity eek fruit does not go. this is like chopped.
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