Just what I need, colour and vitamins – Orange and Apricot Salad With Hazelnuts and Maple Syrup

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 So this was Christmas to paraphrase John Lennon and although I have enjoyed it all, it feels good it is  all over and I can get going again with my normal life. Well we have that New Year’s stuff to do but is far less labour intense so I can take that. We had a nice quiet Christmas with my Italian family, lots of nice food and happy faces and what else can you ask for?

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 But now I crave healthier food, colours and vitamins are high on my list and the choice was easy when I was pondering what recipe to post here on Lucullian,  with an overload of oranges and clementines, the choice was ever so easy – I was going to make a fruit salad with oranges. Oranges and the most wonderful dried apricots I ever tried, ecological and therefore brown and ugly to look at but oh so sweet and tasty in your mouth. But to make the orange salad even more orangey, I have added finely chopped candied orange peel and then some chopped hazelnuts and to top it off I added a little of my precious maple syrup that sweet Elizabeth gave me at the Plate To Page Workshop in October (btw, there is still a space free for you at the Plate To Page UK Workshop in May 2012, hurry up and register here). A simple and incredibly easy to make dessert but fresh and healthy because you need so very little of sweetener that you could actually skip it if you want.

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ORANGE AND APRICOT SALAD WITH HAZELNUTS AND MAPLE SYRUP
2 servings

4 small or 2 huge oranges
4 dried apricots, preferably ecological
1 tbsp finely chopped candied orange peel
2 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
2 tbsp maple syrup, optional

   Peel the oranges with a small and sharp knife, then cut them into thin slices that you put in a bowl. Slice the dried apricots thinly and add them, the chopped candied orange pell and the hazelnuts to the oranges.

   Add the maple syrup and mix carefully before serving.

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