Greek Orange and Olive Salad & cooking with astrology

This month for Cooking with Astrology, it is all about “Leo” the lion.  King of the jungle comes to mind…..

Leos are ambitious, confident, big hearted, creative, and love being the center of attention!  A few examples are; Madonna, President Obama, President Clinton, Sean Penn, and the gorgeous John Stamos…who is the inspiration for tonight’s meal.

It is much easier to plan a meal, if you have some kind of inspiration.  When I was researching Leos, as soon as I saw heart healthy, fire, and lamb…I knew it had to be lamb kabobs.  Lamb kabobs to me are Greek, so the rest of the meal followed 🙂

We start our meal off with this fun and delicious Greek Orange and Olive Salad with a simple Lemon Dressing…..

Greek Orange and Olive Salad

I do not like olives, and I do not eat them.  My experience with them has been the kind in the can that have already been pitted. The kind that you buy in bulk at the grocery store, may not have already been pitted.  So make sure to pit your olives before serving 🙂  Sorry Alex.

Leo’s ruling planet is the Sun and their color is gold.  Oranges and this Honey and Lemon Tart, are reminiscent of the sun and the color gold…..

Honey and Lemon Tart

Leo’s element is Fire, so this meal needed to be grilled over an open flame…..

Lamb and Vegetable Kabobs

The table scape is not as “Royal” as I would have liked, but I think most of the elements are there…..

Cooking with Astrology Meal

The gorgeous red roses, the lush red wine, the grilled lamb and vegetable kabobs, eaten outside on a sun-filled summer evening.  Sadly, John Stamos… not included!


Greek Orange and Olive Salad

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Meal type Salad
Greek Orange and Olive Salad with mixed salad greens, sweet oranges, onion slivers, and Greek olives drizzled with a simple lemon dressing.


  • 4 Thick-skinned oranges
  • 1 Small red onion (sliced very thinly)
  • 16 Large black Greek olives (pitted)
  • 2 Cups mixed lettuce (I used spring mix and baby spinach)
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • fresh chopped herbs (as garnish - Italian parsley, mint, dill)


Greek Orange and Olive Salad
Remove the peel, pith, membranes, and seeds of the oranges, and slice into 1/4" pieces. Place oranges and juices in a large bowl with the onion slices and olives. Set aside.
Greek Orange and Olive Salad Dressing
To make the dressing, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, and sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle over the orange and olive mixture and place in the refrigerator to chill and the flavors to mingle.
Grek Orange and Olive Salad at
Place lettuce on a large platter or individual plates. Top with orange and olive mixture and fresh herbs.

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  1. says

    I love ALL the flavors in this salad Lisa! What a combo. Yes, I’m Greek and totally biased, but this is truly a winner! I know lamb is somewhat of an acquired taste, but I love it! John Stamos-haha, that’s cute!

  2. says

    Hi! I’m stopping by from Sweet & Savory Sundays. Thanks for the new salad idea. We eat a lot of them in the summer and I get bored after awhile. Lemon might do the trick!

    Hold the Office

  3. says

    Lisa, I was loving reading your post. So tasty sounding (I do <3 olives btw) and royal. Couldn't have been happier. And then you throw in John Stamos! Ha! I hear ya girl!

    You're one funny and talented lady now! So glad I stopped over.
    Cheers to you and yours,

  4. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    What?! No John Stamos?! LOL. This is a lovely salad – I happen to like olives, extra olives actually! 🙂 Pinning this to my side dish board, Lisa!


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