January in the Northeast is certainly not the optimal time or place for for bounties of fresh fruits and veg, but thankfully I’m having no trouble finding one of my favorite winter fruits: the blood orange! This is the peak season for blood oranges, and right now I can’t seem to get enough of their sweet, tangy flavor and their beautiful vibrant colors. When everything outside looks dull and dreary, their bright red and orange flesh really makes mealtime so much more enjoyable.
Like many citrus fruits, blood oranges are full of antioxidants and vitamin C, which aids in healing, strengthens your immune system, helps the body absorb iron, and helps reduce the risk of cancer. Another cool fact about the blood orange is that it contains the antioxidant anthocyanin, which gives the fruit its beautiful red pigmentation. Nutrition experts believe that anthocyanins have anti-inflammatory properties, and are also helpful in preventing cancer, diabetes and bacterial infections, as well as reducing the risk of heart disease (source).
While I love just eating blood oranges plain and on their own, they were the perfect addition to this simple winter salad. Plus, I always try to pair the Vitamin C in citrus fruits with iron-rich greens like spinach and arugula, to maximize the iron absorption. I really hope you try and enjoy this refreshing recipe, and as always, feel free to mix in even more of your favorite seasonal ingredients!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 2-3 Servings
- Mixed greens: arugula, spinach, and/or baby romaine lettuce
- 2-3 Blood oranges, peeled and sliced
- 1 Fennel bulb, thinly sliced
- 1/2 Cup pomegranate arils
- 3-4 Radishes, thinly sliced
- 1/3 of a red onion, thinly sliced
- 2-3 TBSP Sliced almonds
- Edible flowers (optional)
Citrus Basil Dressing
- 1/2 Cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 Cup fresh orange juice (from navel oranges or more blood oranges)
- 5 Basil leaves
- 1.5 TBSP fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 clove fresh garlic
- pinch of cinnamon
1. In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients and toss together.
2. Place all of the dressing ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until completely combined. For a chunky dressing, chop the solid ingredients very finely and whisk them into the liquid.
3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until ingredients are fully coated.