Get your hands on beautiful blood oranges before they are out of season! Not only are their vibrant colors mesmerizing, but their flavor is wonderfully bright and refreshing. If you choose the right ones, blood oranges offer a unique sweetness that helps balance the inherent citrusy tang. When shopping for blood oranges, and all citrus fruits for that matter, look for the heaviest fruits. They are always the juiciest, which is especially important when you’re making a vinaigrette.
The red flesh you see in a blood orange is attributed to the anthocyanin and carotenoid levels. Both anthocyanins and carotenoids are powerful antioxidants that offer anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Some studies even found that they exhibit neuroprotective properties. That means that not only are blood oranges delicious, but they are also extremely beneficial for your health. These pigments start to accumulate in the vesicles at the edges of blood orange segments. They continue to accumulate in cold storage post-harvest. Because blood oranges contain strong pigments, they actually contain more antioxidants than regular oranges.
For this dressing, the only thing you need to know is that it’s incredibly tasty. Because of the slightly sweet and tart flavor profile, pair this dressing with assertive leafy greens like arugula or kale. This will also go great over spring mixed greens, which tend to be slightly more bitter in taste than romaine lettuce, for example. Other ingredients like watercress, red onion, raw pistachios, and alfalfa sprouts also complement the blood orange vinaigrette.
- Prep Time:5m
- Total Time:5m
- 1 blood orange, peeled and seeded
- 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. raw agave nectar (optional sweetener)
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- If you want the dressing to be a little thinner, juice the blood orange and then simply whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until well-combined.
- Enjoy immediately or store the dressing in a glass jar in the fridge until ready to use. It will keep fresh in the jar in the fridge for up to three days.