For José Andrés, Christmas always means clementines, the easy-to-peel citrus with a sweet, apricot-like taste. He pairs them with tart grapefruit in a juicy, refreshing winter salad flavored with a bit of saffron—a common Spanish ingredient.
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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch of saffron threads
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
6 pink grapefruits
6 navel oranges
3 clementines, peeled
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
How to Make It
In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil. Transfer to a small bowl and crumble in the saffron. Let stand for 10 minutes. Add the orange juice to the saucepan and boil over moderately high heat until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 7 minutes. Add the juice to the saffron oil and let cool.
Using a sharp knife, peel the grapefruits and oranges, cutting off all of the bitter white pith; cut the pith from the clementines. Finely chop the clementine and add to the saffron oil, along with the lemon zest. Working over a large, shallow bowl with the oranges and grapefruits, cut in between the membranes to release the sections. Pour the saffron dressing over the sections and stir gently. Serve.
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