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Blood Orange Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

This blood orange salad is a great addition to any main dish! Pair it with buttered, candied pecans and homemade blood orange vinaigrette for a tasty side.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Keyword: Healthy Recipes, Quick Recipes, Salad, Side Dishes, Winter
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Blood Orange Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup blood orange fused olive oil (can purchase through Olivin website)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Buttered Candied Pecans

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Blood Orange Salad

  • 5 oz butter lettuce (or any lettuce you like)
  • 1 blood orange, peeled and sliced
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese

Instructions

For the Blood Orange Vinaigrette

  • Combine all ingredients into a mason jar or salad dressing bottle. Shake with lid on until well mixed
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week

For the Buttered Candied Pecans

  • Heat 2 tbsp. of butter over medium heat in a skillet until melted
  • Add in 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 tsp of salt. Stir until well combined
  • Add in 1 cup of pecans to the butter and sugar mixture. Stir to coat pecans
  • Cook pecans for 3 - 5 minutes, stirring often until fragrant and crunchy
  • Cool pecans on a large piece of parchment paper on the counter. Once cooled, break apart until crumbly
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days

For the Blood Orange Salad

  • Peel the blood orange and cut into small slices
  • Core and chop the apple into small, bite sized pieces
  • Combine butter lettuce, blood orange slices, apple slices, candied pecans, feta cheese and blood orange vinaigrette in a bowl. Toss to coat all ingredients and serve immediately

Notes

  • For the buttered, candied pecans: You may use other nuts such as almonds or walnuts if you wish!
  • For a more flavorful vinaigrette: If you like more of a bold, blood orange flavor in your dressing, you may use 1/2 cup of the blood orange oil instead of mixing 1/4 cup blood orange oil and 1/4 cup of normal oil. This oil is quite powerful so I only used a 1/4 cup mixed with 1/4 of the normal olive oil. But feel free to adjust the ratios if you would like!
  • Substitution for Olivin Blood Orange Olive Oil: Use 1/4 cup regular olive oil, 1 tsp. blood orange zest and 2 tbsp blood orange juice in place of the Olivin Blood Orange Olive Oil.