Citrus Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

A salad mix tossed with toasted almonds, slices of blood orange, dried cranberries, and tomatoes then drizzled with blood orange balsamic vinaigrette. Simple and delicious, this seasonal citrus salad with blood orange balsamic vinaigrette will become an instant favorite.

Citrus Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking with a Wallflower

Okay. It’s official. I’m at a loss for words.

I don’t even know how to begin to describe the deliciousness and oh so amazing flavor in this salad. And that blood orange balsamic vinaigrette. Oh. My. God. You have to try it for yourself.

Citrus Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking with a Wallflower

Why, oh why, are blood oranges sooo good? And why are they so darn expensive?

I’ve been searching for blood oranges for weeks now. You would think that since I live in San Francisco, blood oranges are readily available, but nuooo, they’re not. At least, not in the places I’ve searched. And trust me, I’ve looked in every market I walked by. High and low. Inside and out. Well, guess what? I finally found them!

They cost me what felt like a fortune. And like, half of what I bought (the peel) went to the compost. So were they worth it?

Citrus Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking with a Wallflower

Citrus Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking with a Wallflower

Yes! Because I just discovered my favoritest salad plus a to-die-for salad dressing.

If I could have this salad every day and not become poor, I totally would.

Citrus Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking with a Wallflower

That blood orange balsamic vinaigrette, I really can’t get over it. The sweetness of the blood orange and the tartness of the balsamic vinegar, what’s not to love? Drizzled (more like poured) over my salad, and I’ll happily munch on my salad all day long.

Not that I mind. Because the salad also has blood orange slices.

Um… Can you tell my latest obsession?

Citrus Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking with a Wallflower

The fork says it all.

This salad is absolutely perfect. The vibrant spring mix, the crunch of toasted almonds, the sweetness of the dried cranberries, and the juiciness of the tomatoes, and how can I forget the blood oranges?

I can’t. I really really can’t.

Will you try it? Please tell me you will so I can gush about it with someone.

I’m definitely sharing this at Fiesta Friday.

Citrus Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking with a Wallflower

For the salad, all you have to do is mix together your favorite salad mix (I almost always go with spring mix because I love the vibrant colors), dried cranberries, toasted almonds (or your favorite nuts), sliced tomatoes, and sliced blood oranges. That’s it. Easy, right?

To get the blood oranges to look like that, cut the peel from the fruit and cut them in round slices.

Citrus Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking with a Wallflower

For the blood orange balsamic vinaigrette, you’ll need to squeeze the juice from the blood oranges. This is the hardest part of the recipe! I couldn’t resist eating them. Once you have the freshly squeezed blood orange juice, pour it into a bowl. Add balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a little bit of salt to the bowl. Whisk the ingredients together. And you’re done! You can also add basil for extra flavor.

Citrus Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking with a WallflowerDrizzle (or pour) the blood orange balsamic vinaigrette over your salad, and enjoy!

Citrus Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Citrus Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
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A salad mix tossed with toasted almonds, slices of blood orange, dried cranberries, and tomatoes then drizzled with blood orange balsamic vinaigrette. Simple and delicious, this seasonal citrus salad with blood orange balsamic vinaigrette will become an instant favorite.
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Recipe type: Salads
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
For the salad
  • 4 cups spring salad mix
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup almonds, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1 small to medium sized tomato, sliced
  • 1 blood orange, peel removed and sliced
For the blood orange balsamic vinaigrette
  • 6 tablespoons blood orange juice (1-2 small to medium sized blood oranges)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon basil leaves, shredded (optional)
Directions:
For the salad
  1. Toss together the salad mix with the dried cranberries, toasted almonds, sliced tomatoes, and blood orange slices. Set aside for now.
For the blood orange balsamic vinaigrette
  1. In a small bowl, add the blood orange juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt. Add shredded basil leaves if desired. Whisk the ingredients together until they become well combined.
  2. Drizzle the blood orange balsamic vinaigrette over the salad, and serve cold.

 

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  1. Shery Alexander Heinis says:

    Hi Andrea – Congratulations! The site looks incredible and very professional. This particular recipe caught my eye because it looks easy to prepare, healthy and tasty. I’ll definitely have to drop by more often to sample more recipes like these (as I really need to focus on becoming healthier, although I’m generally careful about eating healthily, it all goes out the window during our frigid winters!)

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