Green Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

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This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend in the US and it’s a three day weekend.  Do you have a special plan?  We’ll be attending my husband’s high school friend’s wedding on Saturday.  We had other plans including visiting friends’ newborn twins but we had to postpone since our family is still sick.  Now that our schedule is wide open, I’m really hoping to relax and catch up on some stuff that I haven’t had a chance to do – like organizing my kids’ art work and developing pictures to make albums, catching up on my TV shows, and so on.  Since I started this website, I had to re-prioritize my time… so this weekend might be a good time to catch up.

I realized I haven’t posted a salad recipe for a while so today I’d like to share Blood Orange Vinaigrette recipe.  Maybe you can try this dressing for your Memorial Day weekend BBQ salad.  When I saw this salad dressing at Beth’s website at Beth Michelle last month, I immediately wanted to try.  I love citrus flavor in any kind of food, from dessert to dressing.  It’s very refreshing and my husband and I loved it.  It’s very simple to make and the blood orange looks pretty on the salad.  I hope you enjoy this refreshing vinaigrette.  Thank you Beth!

Green Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette 5

Lastly I would like to thank Pola from An Italian Cooking in the Midwest for passing me this award, and Tina from Pinay in Texas Cooking Corner for passing me this award and new award that Sandra from Sandra’s Easy Cooking recently created.  Thank you so much girls!

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Green Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette
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Serves: 2
  • Green salad
  • 1-2 Blood Orange(s)
  • 1 Lemon
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Blood Orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • 1 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp. Blood Orange zest
  • ¼ tsp. lemon zest
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Zest Blood Orange and lemon.
  2. Thinly slice Blood Orange for garnish. If you want to add more slices of Blood Orange in your salad, use 2 Blood Oranges so you have enough to get Blood Orange juice.
  3. Finely chop shallots. In a small bowl, combine all the Dressing ingredients and whisk until combined.
  4. Serve green salad on a plate and put Blood Orange. Pour dressing right before you serve/eat.
Slightly adapted from Beth Michelle.


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    • Thank you Sonia! Hmm? You were sick too? Did you recover from flu? I’m still struggling from this cold I have for a week. I feel so old when my body aches everywhere…. I hope you are totally recovered by now. :-)

  1. Im so glad you enjoyed the dressing!! It’s so perfect for the warm weather. Have a wonderful weekend at the wedding! Its always nice to have some time to catch up on things you have put off!

    • Oh yes Beth! We loved it. I also didn’t know blood oranges are pretty expensive, but we’ll buy just for this dressing!!! Thank you so much, and now I saw your post on Gourgeres and your mention on Rotunda’s popovers and strawberry butter… I really can’t let go of that taste and image. ARHHH!

    • Thank you Maris! I’m feeling still sick and totally ruining this long weekend. Ugh. I hope you are having a great weekend though! :-)

  2. In addition to taste blood orange makes the dressing more colorful. Good for the eyes! The sweet and tangy would actually complement blood sausage quite well too:)

  3. This vinaigrette is perfect for Spring or Summer salads! And it’s full of vitamin C! I hope it’ll help you all to feel better. The idea to serve it with orange slices is excellent too!
    Why do I always use vinegar or lemon juice in vinaigrette??? It must change!

    • Hi Sissi! Yes, orange is a great change from using lemons (although I love lemons too). Thank you so much for your kindness. I’m *still* sick and I’m so tired of being sick! I should have bought more oranges but I’m eating lots of fruits. I only wish I lose weight from this sickness but it doesn’t look like I’m losing any! >_<

      • I envy so much those who don’t have any appetite when sick! I always crave cakes, chocolate, deep-fried meat… so I totally understand you :-)
        I hope you’ll feel better very soon and must say I’m impressed: even ill you prepare such wonderful meals, take perfect photos and write fantastic posts!

  4. This salad is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve recently developed a love for blood oranges so I’ll be picking some up this weekend to try this salad =)

    • Hi Lyn! I have never heard of blood oranges when I was in Japan. I’m not sure if it exists there…maybe there is, and just expensive than regular oranges. This dressing is really good and I hope you can find the blood oranges. :-)

  5. Lovely salad over there. This is my 1st time seeing Blood Orange in salad i must give this a try when i find some in our supermarket here. :) And do take care and have a great weekend.

    • How do you feel Ellena? You are better now? I’m still sick and feel so tired and my body aches! >_< Hope your weekend was good. I guess it's Monday there already…

  6. Hi Nami, I hope you are all doing better! I was suppose to already be chilling in the south of France today, but as the volcanic ash travel together with the french strikes, I’m still home. Hopefully tomorrow, I’ll be able to catch the flight!
    The salad looks so refreshing, love the citrus flavors! Have a nice weekend :)

    • Hi Gourmantine! Thanks for your kind words. I hate to say but I’m not getting better! I hope you could make it to France…. Are you in France?

    • Thanks Jamie! Oh yes, we’ve been eating out on the way home from errands etc. I did go to a nice wedding and had a very nice meal at the wedding. But I’m not getting any better. My 2 kids are still stick too. What a weekend. I hope you are having a great weekend!

    • Hi Chinmayie! That’s true India must be already warm by now. I love fruits in salad because not only I love it, but my kids also show their interest to eat. :-) Stay cool in India!

    • Hi Lindsey! Thank you so much for your b-day wish to my son. You are so kind and sweet!!!! He had great b-day parties (total of 3) and 30th is his actually birthday. It’s very emotional day for me because I gave my first birth on this day. :-) I hope you are enjoying your trip in NYC. Eat well!

    • Thank you Sawsan! Me to, I totally pray and hope that I get better! I need to prioritize my life better. Well, my kids come first for sure, then taking care of home…then…it gets tricky. 😀

  7. I am always on the lookout of new salad recipes because my husband adores almost any kind of salad. This sounds like a great salad for BBQ meat dishes!

    Btw Nami, I have some awards for you. Please pick them up when you do have the time :). And of course thank you for answering my question about inari skins. I will try to look for the Japaense version and give it a try :).

    • Hi CG! Thank you so much for the awards! Aiya… I didn’t realize until now and I’m so sorry for my late response! That is why I hate to be away from computer for a few days… >_<

  8. Mika

    This salad will be perfect for a hot summer day, not for today here. Really cold…. I bet your area is even worse… Try to keep yourself warm and to get lots of rest this weekend!

    • Hi Mika-san! Yeah hopefully we’ll have warmer days soon! I’m still sick, can you believe that?? Getting old, definitely feeling it.

  9. What a lovely zesty salad this is. Full of fresh flavours. Certainly would be perfect to accompany barbecues. It’s a bank holiday here also but the weather is so glum. Hope you enjoy your free time.

    • Thank you Adora! Oh so you guys are having 3-day weekend as well? Nice. Here too, it’s kind of cold even though we had some sun. Too cold for BBQ outside for sure. Hopefully we both have nice sunny & warmer days soon. :-)

  10. What a great vinaigrette! I’m focusing on a few salads this weekend, too…and I love the look of this :) Hope your family gets feeling better soon! Happy long weekend~

  11. Hi Nami, just stopping by to wish you a wonderful weekend. I love vinaigrette made with oranges (we usually use the recipe from one of Wolfgang Puk’s books), it gives the salad such a fresh taste. I love the way you added the orange slices on top too.

  12. This looks so refreshing. I love blood oranges and I like the way they have been used in your recipe. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Blessings…Mary

  13. Nami this salad looks very refreshing! I love color contrast and blood oranges are awesome! Oh and your photos and presentation is just perfect!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend, looks like you have everything already planed out!!:))

    • Thank you Tanvi! Yes, summer is getting close and I need to figure out some salad that my kids would be interested. :-) Adding fruits is always a success. I hope you will enjoy this salad. :-)

    • Hi Kath! Well enjoy “sleeping in” as much as you can…. after having kids, there is no way we can sleep in. And kids wake up like 6:30am on weekends. Arghhhh… So, enjoy your beauty sleep! 😉

  14. I have always thought blood oranges are just amazingly gorgeous! This salad and the dressing look and sound delicious and very fresh… Thank you for sharing this, Nami! I am so sorry to hear that your family is sick. I hope you all feel better real soon…

    • Hi Marsha! It was my very first time buying blood oranges and I was surprised how pricy they were compared to regular ones. But I see why, it’s so good! Thank you for your sweet words, but my kids and I are still sick. I can’t believe I’ve been sick for such a long time! But thanks for your thoughtful comment. :-)

  15. We had blood oranges in Israel for about two seconds before they were gone! But I also made a vinaigrette with the ones I was able to find. This salad looks beautiful – gorgeous photos!

    • Thank you Katherine! I got this recipe from Beth, and she lives in Israel too (I think you two are already friends). I’m so happy she could get blood oranges so that I could learn this recipe from her! :-)

  16. Shaz (feedingmykidsbetter)

    Hi nami
    I stumbled upon your blog and am glad I did. It’s a wonderful comprehensive treasure trove of easy Japanese cooking. Keep up the efforts! :)

    • Hi Shaz! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your kind message here. I hope you will come back and enjoy my recipes. :-)

  17. Hi Aipi! I actually wish that I get satisfied with salad for lunch. Unless I eat like 4 servings of salad, I probably won’t get full. LOL. I hope you will like this blood orange dressing. :-)

    • Thank you Biren! I wish the weather in SF is nice to appreciate this kind of salad, but it’s been cloudy, cold, and now raining! >_<

    • Hi Elle Marie! Yeah I can imagine. I never knew blood oranges when I was in Japan, but I also wasn’t cooking back then so I wasn’t paying attention to ingredients. Haha. Japan has lots of holidays and I miss that…. here 3 day weekend is the maximum length. I miss Golden Week, Obon, and New Years (all long holiday. haha). Thanks for visiting Elle Marie!

  18. This is just the type of salad I love to eat everyday! And your photo is gorgeous! Now, I am OFFICIALLY caught up on your blog posts! He he! :)

  19. I love blood oranges and this salad sounds so refreshing. I saw it also on Beth’s website and thought about trying it. After seeing your version I have to make my own too. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your well deserved awards.

    Happy weekend :)

    • Hi Roxana! Thank you for stopping by my blog! I’m glad I tried Beth’s recipe. It was really refreshing and we loved it. I’m sure you will like it too! :-) I hope you had a good weekend!