Blood Orange Salad with Shallots & Olives is a vibrant and simple salad that looks like a plate of jewels! If you need a showstopper salad that woks for any night of the week, too, reach for this one.
We started making Blood Orange Salad with Shallots & Olives a few winters ago as a way to put our backyard oranges to use. I can’t remember where the inspiration came from, but we added blood oranges for their gorgeous color. This is the perfect salad for the winter holidays and even beyond.
The blood oranges add gorgeous jewel-like color to this citrus salad. The flavors are amazing – the salty olives pair well with the sweet citrus. Toss in the pistachios (or your favorite nuts) for fab texture.
Blood Orange Salad with Shallots & Olives
There is nothing that brightens a dreary winter night like this Blood Orange Salad with Shallots & Olives. We served this on Christmas Eve when we had a traditional Italian meal planned with plenty of fish and seafood. It was a lovely, bright dish to serve.
Since winter lasts longer than the holiday season be sure to get this salad on the table before the weather eases up. Blood oranges, so called because of their vibrant reddish flesh, are typically in season from December through March.
I used blood oranges in a fun dessert recipe on the site: Mini Blood Orange Scented Chocolate-Ricotta Cakes. Boy are they pretty AND delightful. They have such a pretty pink, crackly glaze over the top, making them ideal for a Valentine’s Day treat!
If you’re looking for another way to use oranges, you could juice your own (or use juice from the store) to make this Beet & Orange Juice Morning Sunrise drink. It’s so pretty!
If you’re loving citrus in salads, especially in the cooler months, I’d also recommend you try this recipe for Sicilian Fennel and Orange Salad. It’s another simple salad with bright flavor for the winter months.
How to Slice Your Oranges
- When you prep the oranges in this salad, have a sharp paring knife on hand and a utility knife to cut the slices.
- Peel the orange as you normally would. Use the paring knife to scrape away as much of the white pith as possible.
- Continue by slicing into rounds. Use the paring knife to pop out any seeds.
I am lucky to have oranges to pluck from a tree in my backyard, but for blood oranges, I hit the market. This salad is sweet from the oranges, but not too sweet. The olives bring a touch of salt and the shallots bring great flavor, too.
I didn’t use any sort of dressing for this citrus salad. If you decide to, I’d recommend that you don’t use much. The flavor from the ingredients is all you need, in my opinion.
Blood Orange Salad with Shallots and Olives is a sure way to help you beat the winter blahs at your next meal. Be on the lookout for blood oranges at the store and any other oranges you can get your hands on. You’ll love how pretty, and tasty, this citrus salad is!
Yields Serves 4
5 based on 6 review(s) Ingredients Instructions
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Yields Serves 4
5 based on 6 review(s)