Sliced Orange Salad with Sautéed Olives and Ricotta Salata
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Michael Chiarello is an award-winning chef, Emmy-winning Food Network host, "Top Chef Masters" finalist, tastemaker behind the NapaStyle retail company, highly rated vintner and noted cookbook author. Throughout his career, Michael has combined his Southern Italian roots with Napa Valley living to pioneer culinary and lifestyle trends.
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Based in the Napa Valley, Michael lives among his vineyards with his wife, children and golden retriever.
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Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from 1 orange in strips. Cut the strips lengthwise as thinly as possible until you have 1 tablespoon thin slices. Reserve the thin slices and discard the remaining zest. Using a large, sharp knife, place the peeled orange upright on a cutting board and cut off the pith, following the contour of the fruit. Peel the remaining 3 oranges, one at a time, by first cutting off the stem and blossom end, revealing the flesh, and then cutting away the peel and pith, following the contour of the fruit. Cut all 4 oranges crosswire into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Cut each slice in half to form half-moons and remove any seeds.
In a 10-inch skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the rosemary and cook for a few seconds, then add the olives. Cook for 10 seconds, then add the thinly sliced zest. Cook for a few seconds longer, then remove the skillet from the heat and allow the mixture to cool in the skillet.
Put the spinach in a large bowl. Pour the olive-orange mixture from the skillet over the spinach and add the vinaigrette. Toss gently to coat the spinach evenly. Add the reserved orange slices and toss a bit more to incorporate the oranges, being careful they do not break up. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Transfer the salad to a serving platter or individual soup plates. Grate the ricotta salata over the top. Serve immediately.