Simple Winter Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

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Blood oranges are in season and I love their amazing color. I had the stomach flu a couple of weeks ago, and the worst thing about that (besides the obvious) is not being able to eat good food. I always end up obsessing over something I see on TV, which in the past helped lead me astray from being a vegetarian (burgers just looked too good!). This time, I was haunted by the amazing opening credits of Dexter. If you haven’t seen them, they are a montage of Dexter’s morning routine, including sizzling ham, eggs with runny yolks, perfect French press coffee, and him juicing a blood orange. I was drooling.

When I saw local blood oranges for a good price at the store, I had to get some. They ended up in a simple winter salad with spinach and walnuts. Winter veggies can get very monotonous (I love squash, but you can only eat so much of it), so this salad was a nice change. The blood orange adds a bright citrus note to the salad, while the walnuts add some nice crunch and texture.

I juiced another blood orange and whipped up a simple vinaigrette. It’s a bit on the sweeter side, but not overwhelmingly so. It was a lovely accompaniment to this simple salad.

In the past I made muffins with candied blood orange slices on top, which were also delicious but clearly less healthy. What’s your favorite way to use this colorful citrus?


Simple Winter Salad

  • 2 C spinach
  • 1/4 C walnuts, chopped
  • 1 blood orange, peeled and cut into segments
  • Blood orange vinaigrette (see recipe below)

Wash and dry spinach. Combine in a large bowl with walnuts and blood orange segments. Toss with vinaigrette until everything is evenly coated.

Blood Orange Vinaigrette

  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T blood orange juice
  • 2 t champagne vinegar
  • 1/4 t agave or honey
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Pour over salad and toss until everything is evenly coated.

14 Responses to “Simple Winter Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette”
  1. Wheels writes:

    Champagne vinegar? That sounds exciting!

  2. Angela@RecipesFromMyMom writes:

    So healthy and colorful!
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  3. Kimba's Kitchen writes:

    Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest things!! Beautiful :)
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  4. Vegolicious writes:

    I love the simplicity of this salad that is made special with the blood orange.

    I’d love for your to submit them to Vegolicious, a vegetarian food photo gallery where readers can browse beautiful photos to discover new recipes and wonderful blogs. If you would like to share this recipe with our readers please submit a photo along with a link to this post.
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  5. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective writes:

    I love blood oranges and am constantly finding ways to use them. Your salad sound delightful!
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  6. Cakewhiz writes:

    That picture of your orange is magazine worthy! I am sure those juicy oranges added a zesty tanginess to your salad :)

  7. Tiffany writes:

    Your blood oranges look amazing! I’ve YET to find blood oranges that are ‘ready.’ I’m jealous! :D Also, I wanted to let you know that I passed my Stylish Blogger Award onto you!!!! You can see the post at: Happy Friday!
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  8. Magic of Spice writes:

    I love blood oranges and almost picked up some today…wonderful salad :)
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  9. Stephanie writes:

    Thanks everyone!

    Vegolicious – I submitted this and a couple of other vegetarian recipes of mine. Thank you for commenting and telling me about your site!

    Tiffany – thank you so much for the award! You are so sweet!

  10. Kristi Rimkus writes:

    I love the simplicity of this salad with big flavor. The dressing sounds wonderful!

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  14. chris collins writes:

    omg so yummy

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