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This blood orange salad recipe is made with mixed greens, bright fresh blood oranges, and savory walnuts and sunflower seeds. It’s a great vegan and dairy free winter salad, which is a little sweet & a little savory!

This is a fantastic appetizer or side salad to serve with a winter menu, especially when blood oranges are in season. I love to dress this salad with my blood orange vinaigrette salad dressing, which brings extra color and flavor.

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When you can find fresh blood oranges in season in the late winter or early spring, this easy salad recipe is the perfect way to use them up!  I got some absolutely gorgeous blood oranges in my grocery box this week, and wanted to build an entire first course around them. 

This isn’t your everyday boring salad – it’s bright, fresh, colorful, and full of bold flavors. A great appetizer or starter for entertaining or dinner parties – for the winter holidays or well into spring!

This Blood Orange Salad Recipe Is

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Flavorful
  • Citrusy
  • Easy to Make
  • Sweet & Savory
  • Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten Free
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What Do Blood Oranges Taste Like?

Blood oranges are a variety of orange, which have a deep dark purple interior, which looks like blood. They taste like a regular orange, however the color of the inner fruit different than traditional orange varieties.

They are sweet and fresh tasting, like a classic navel orange. They are in season in winter, like most citrus fruits, and you can typically find them in grocery stores from December through April.

Easy Winter Recipes With Fresh Seasonal Produce

Winter can be a difficult time to find fresh, local produce where I live in New England. But recipes with citrus fruits absolutely shine in the winter months. There’s nothing like deep blood oranges, fresh clementines, and sweet grapefruits to bring a little sunshine to the table all winter long.

This blood orange salad recipe is perfect to use your winter citrus in. Browse all of our seasonal winter recipes here – for bright & fresh salads, cozy soups & stews, and comforting baked goods.

What’s In Blood Orange Salad?

Be sure to visit the recipe card below for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions!

  • Blood Oranges
  • Salad Green Mix – I used an organic mix which has a bit of everything. I love the contrast between the peppery, dark greens, and the sweet juice blood oranges.
  • Olive Oil
  • Sunflower Oil: our go-to oil for everything, it has a neutral mild flavor, great for salad dressings. It’s also high oleic, which makes it one of the best oils for roasting at high temperatures.
  • Walnuts
  • Hulled Sunflower Seeds – a favorite addition to salads, I love adding these little seeds which give a fantastic flavor and crunch.
  • Hemp Hearts – this is a new great salad addition we’ve adopted – hemp hearts are great for adding texture and a slightly nutty flavor to salads.
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Pinch Of Salt
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How Do I Make A Salad With Blood Oranges?

  1. Wash and dry greens. Place in a large serving bowl.
  2. Add the blood oranges to top, along with the walnuts, sunflower seeds, and hemp hearts.
  3. To make the blood orange dressing, combine all ingredients in a mason jar, secure lid, and shake well to combine.
  4. Pour dressing over salad, and enjoy!

Fresh and Seasonal Salad Recipes

We absolutely love big bold salads, with fresh flavors and bold dressings. This blood orange salad is the perfect combination of savory with pops of sweetness from the citrus.

There are NO boring salads here, we bring our best ingredients to each & every salad pairing. Some of light and delicate, some are hearty and satisfying. Browse through all our trending salad recipes to find your next favorite.

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Blood Orange Salad

This blood orange salad recipe is made with mixed greens, bright fresh blood oranges, and savory walnuts and sunflower seeds. It's a great vegan and dairy free winter salad, which is a little sweet & a little savory!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 171 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • mason jar

Ingredients
  

For the Salad

  • 5 ounces spring mix salad
  • 2 blood oranges peeled
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon hemp hearts

For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/4 cup blood orange juice about 1 small orange, squeezed
  • 1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Pinch Sea Salt

Instructions
 

  • Wash and dry greens. Place in a large serving bowl.
  • Add the blood oranges to top, along with the walnuts, sunflower seeds, and hemp hearts.
  • To make the blood orange dressing, combine all ingredients in a mason jar, secure lid, and shake well to combine.
  • Pour dressing over salad, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 54mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 28IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.4mg
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