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Blood Orange Citrus Salad with Homemade Orange Vinaigrette

Slices of vibrant blood orange full of berry flavor, crunchy, candied pecans, spicy red onion, creamy blue cheese crumbles on a bed of baby field greens with a drizzle of bright, homemade vinaigrette full of orange flavor makes for the ultimate citrus season salad!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blood Orange Citrus Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
Servings: 6
Calories: 300kcal


  • 6 ounces mixed baby lettuce or spring mix
  • 3 blood oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 red onion, thinnly sliced
  • 4 ounces blue cheese crumbles

Blood Orange Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup blood orange juice about 2 oranges juiced
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, finley minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper fresh ground


  • Combine the vinaigrette ingredients together in a small bowl or a salad dressing shaker and whisk or shake to combine.  Let the dressing marinate for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  • Place a small skillet or small sauce pan on medium heat with 2 tablespoons of regular granulated sugar in the bottom and let it sit. Wait until you see the sugar granules melt and begin to turn caramel color.  See photos above recipe.
  • Add the pecans, stir to coat, and almost immediately turn them on to a piece of foil sprayed with no-stick spray.  The pecans can usually cook no longer then about a minute before they will burn.
  • Cool the pecans for 5-10 minutes to harden and then break into pieces.
  • Layer the orange slices, red onion, pecans, and blue cheese crumbles over the lettuce mixture and toss or drizzle with dressing.  Garnish with salt and pepper if desired.


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 214mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 21.2mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 0.7mg