Orange and Olive Salad. Photo by Penny De Los Santos.
This bright and briny salad gets an extra punch of flavor from cumin seeds, sweet paprika, and cinnamon and fresh cilantro. In Michel Thouati’s family, it is part of a Passover spread that includes bone-in lamb shoulder braised with honey, artichokes, and peas, fish escabeche laced with fresh herbs, a salad with fennel and lettuce, and much more. The recipes are unique to a group of Sephardic Jews who have resided in the western Mediterranean for centuries, and while written with Passover in mind, they are welcome at any late winter or early spring table.