The Ultimate Blood Orange and mixed Salad

Whilst surfing the internet looking at food (like we all do as foodlovers) we came across a few fabulous Blood orange salads such as the blood orange salad and vinaigrette with mozzarella from the gorgeous Aromatic Essence (recipe here) and a blood orange and arugula salad from the brilliant Petit Cook (recipe here) – both sites are well worth a visit for any self-confessed foodie.

A blood orange salad is great on its own for a lunch with friends or as a side with a larger meal such as griddled chicken or steamed fish or a roasted leg of lamb.

A blood orange salad is one of those recipes which takes minutes to prepare and instantaneously becomes a firm favourite. If you feel like blood orange salad but would like something a bit more substantial try the blood orange salad with prosciutto from the fantastic What’s Gaby cooking (recipe here), another site you have to visit, it is filling and gorgeous and the sweet blood orange flavour combined with the salty prosciutto will remind you of summers spent under the Italian sun..

As you all know the majestic blood orange is one of our favourite ingredients famed for the wonderful red succulent, delicious  flesh and the high levels of nutritious vitamin C. They are generally in season from December through till May but at their peak end January all through February and most of March. If you find them, make sure to buy a few bags. At a pinch you can replace the blood orange with normal oranges but it just doesn’t have the same wow factor as a feast for your eyes and your taste buds but will still make a magnificently gorgeous salad.
Blood orange salad

The Petit Cook states:

“Juicy, sweet and slightly tangy, they’re perfect paired with some fresh rocket leaves and a handful of toasted almond flakes… You can mix & match with regular oranges to add more sweetness or go all-in with just the zingy bloody variety.”

We honestly couldn’t agree more.

We love to dress this vibrant salad with a divine simple vinaigrette, balsamic vinegar, blood orange juice and extra-virgin olive oil or for an extra little je ne sais quoi add dijon mustard and honey.

The Ultimate Blood Orange and Mixed Salad

Brighten up your day with this gorgeous Blood Orange Salad – simple, packed with vibrant colours and so refreshing!


  • 500g fresh salad leaves such as butter head, rocket, radicchio or other mixed leaves 
  • 5-6 blood oranges, peeled and chopped into rounds
  • 125g almond flakes or chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 200g crumbled feta or mozzarella balls
  • If served as a side try adding mint leaves or pomegranate seeds if, for instance, with lamb

For the divine vinaigrette:

  • Juice of 1 blood orange
  • 3 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper
  • Optional 1 teaspoon dijon mustard for an extra kick
  • Optional 1 teaspoon honey for extra sweetness


  • In a large bowl mix together salad leaves, blood oranges, almonds or walnuts and feta or mozzarella  (if using).
  • In a small bowl whisk together blood orange juice, balsamic vinegar and olive oil, mustard and honey if using. Season well with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Drizze the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  • Top with extra almonds or walnuts and serve.

Try serving as a side to slow cooked roast lamb with a few sprigs of mint – divine..