Blood Orange Salad + Blood Orange Vinaigrette

This blood orange salad is a bright and flavorful salad from blood oranges, red onion, chopped pistachios and feta cheese.

I’ve been on quite a salad kick lately.

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I just bought one of those extra large containers of spring green salad mix and already put a big dent into it making myself salads for lunch. Salads just don’t get old. Usually my salads are pretty basic with cucumber, tomato, peppers and ranch dressing, but after a quick trip to a local market for one specialty ingredient {for a different post} I ended up walking out with an armful of random things. Vinegar, yellow squash and bag of blood oranges just to name a few.

I’m forever in search of new ways to step up my game in the salad world and when I saw those oranges something just clicked and an idea for a super pretty salad was born.

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Now I totally understand that blood oranges might not be easily found in some areas or maybe it’s July and they’re no longer in season so might I suggest what I’d personally do in these instances? I would choose to use either mandarin or tangelo, really you’re favorite orange will do orrrr a grapefruit. In fact, I think I’ll try the grapefruit in this salad next.

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Grab your blood orange and a sharp knife.

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Run your knife around the orange remove as much as the orange rind and least amount of the actual fruit. Keep going until all of the rind and pith {that tends to be bitter} is removed.

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So stinking pretty.

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Using a paring knife; slice on the inside of the membrane that separates each orange segment.

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And poof you have an orange supreme or segment.

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Repeat those steps with both oranges and place the oranges into a bowl.

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While I was slicing out the orange segments I worked over a bowl to collect any juice that should drip. Once I was done, I squeezed the remaining orange membrane to get out any if not all the juice.

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All-in-all it was about 1/4 cup of blood orange juice.

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To the juice in the bowl I added a pinch of ground ginger…

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… a pinch of ground cayenne pepper.

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…and a splash {or two} of raspberry vinegar.

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Whisk to combine…

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And while whisking, drizzle in two tablespoons of olive oil.

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Taste and season with a pinch or two of kosher salt and black pepper. If you want more zip then here is where you can add another splash of vinegar.

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Now for the toppings… vertically slice up a quarter of a red onion very thinly.

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And coarsely chop up a 1/4 cup of pistachios.

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In a bowl add in 10 ounces of your favorite leafy blend.

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Drizzle in the blood orange dressing…

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Toss to coat.

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Next, plate up the salad greens. Any excess dressing will be on the bottom of the bowl and can be drizzle over the salad afterwards if desired.

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Top the dressed salad with the blood orange segments and thinly sliced onions.

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Top with crumbled feta cheese, chopped pistachios and a couple turns of black freshly ground black pepper.

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My camera couldn’t get enough of this salad.

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I think I took some 475+ pictures and most of them were of the final salad.

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I snagged a quick bite while I was snapping pictures and OHHHHMYYYYGOSH you guys I just can’t even describe how fresh and bright this salad is.

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Every bite of this blood orange salad was different depending on what you had on your fork. But my favorite bit was when I got some blood orange, pistachio and feta. Oh and when I got a blood orange segment, red onion and a peppery lettuce leaf. Really there’s no way you’ll get a bad bite. No way José.

I love this salad and I know you will too!

Enjoy! And if you give this Blood Orange Salad recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Blood Orange Salad + Ginger and Cayenne Blood Orange Vinaigrette

A bright and flavorful salad from blood oranges, red onion, chopped pistachios and feta cheese.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

FOR THE SALAD:

2 blood oranges, cut into segments and 1/4 cup of juice

1/4 of a red onion, sliced thin vertically

1/4 cup chopped pistachios

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

5 ounces leafy salad greens

FOR THE VINAIGRETTE:

1/4 cup of the collected blood orange juice

1 pinch ground ginger

1 pinch ground cayenne pepper

1 to 2 splashes raspberry blush vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

In a bowl combine the juice collected from the blood oranges and add in a pinch of ground ginger, cayenne and a splash or two of raspberry blush vinegar. Whisk to combine.

While whisking, drizzle in two tablespoons of olive oil and then taste and season with a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper.

In a bowl toss the salad greens with the dressing. Plate up dressed salad greens and top them with orange segments, thinly sliced red onion, chopped pistachios and crumbled feta. Season the salad with a freshly ground black pepper and serve.

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15 Responses to “Blood Orange Salad + Blood Orange Vinaigrette”

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    Liz@Virtually Homemade — March 10, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I love the combination of oranges and onion in a salad. This looks so fresh and delicious!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — March 10, 2014 at 10:05 am

    This salad is seriously stunning, Laurie! I could eat this for lunch every.single.day.

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    Paula - bell'alimento — March 10, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Sorry I ate the whole platter, you’ll have to make more for everyone else now ; )

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — March 10, 2014 at 10:59 am

    this salad just screams Spring – love it!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 10, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I need to get on a salad kick. I love them but just don’t make enough of them.

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — March 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    This is gorgeous!! I want to dive head first into this salad!

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — March 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    This salad is beautiful! I am totally craving salad now!

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    Tieghan Gerard — March 11, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Just gorgeous!! I love these bright and fresh flavors. Plus I love a little heat too!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 11, 2014 at 1:19 am

    What a gorgeous salad!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — March 11, 2014 at 9:23 am

    This salad is so sexy. I’m loving every single addition and that gorgeous vinaigrette.

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    Meredith — March 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Over the top amazing!

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    Jodee Weiland — March 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    This salad and the dressing looks fabulous…so rich in vibrant flavors! I love it and will be trying it soon! Thanks for sharing!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — March 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I love everything about this salad! The colors are wonderful and I know the flavor is outstanding. I bet you spent some time trying to decide which photos to post – I get carried away sometimes and always regret the amount of time it takes to decide which are the best. Fun photo shoot!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — March 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    This sounds amazing. That dressing! Yum!!!

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    Aaron — January 29, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Yum! I’m always looking for new ways to use blood oranges!

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