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Summer Sicilian Salad

Sicily. The lush and verdant island, off the south-west coast of Italy, is a melting pot of culture. It has absorbed influences from its many invaders, including the Greeks, Arabs, Normans and Spanish, and is home to some of the world's finest fusions of architecture, agriculture and food.

The land is blessed with a warm climate and produces an abundance of crops including citrus fruits, tomatoes, nuts, grapes and olives.

We share a recipe for a traditional Sicilian salad…easy to whip up and even easier to eat!

| Food & Drink

Insalata Siciliana
Serves 4

Ingredients
2 large oranges (Navel or blood oranges preferably)
1 large fennel bulb, halved lengthwise, cored and very thinly sliced
1/2 cup red onion, very thinly sliced
16 small fresh mint leaves, torn in half
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
20 black olives

Method
1. Peel the oranges and segment.
2. Toss the orange segments, fennel, onion, mint and oil in a large bowl.
3. Season generously with salt and pepper.
4. Transfer salad to platter, garnish with olives and serve immediately.
5. Pour a large glass of white wine and buon appetito!#

One of The Hideaways Club's residencies, The Old Mill, still cultivates and harvests olives yearly to create an extra virgin olive oil made from the Nocellera dell'Etna and Moresca varieties. Read more about the organic production here.

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