Blood Oranges: Where Have You Been All My Life?

On a trip to my local produce supplier last week, I asked them to show me what was in season… what they had that was looking really great. They walked me right over to the citrus and pointed out the blood oranges. “They’re extremely juicy and delicious, and they’re gorgeous inside too,” I was told. They didn’t need any more endorsement than that. I had never had this type of orange and was anxious to try it. Several blood oranges made their way into my bag, and I was on my way.

Oh, Lordy these are bloody good (pun intended). If you close your eyes and take a bite, you’ll absorb a mouthful of sweet-tart orange juice . Open your eyes, and you can admire its scarlet hue and pink juices, which makes it a natural beauty to include in recipes. I utilized my stash to make a Blood Orange- Spinach Salad.

The spinach is accompanied by a dressing highlighted with balsamic-marinated shallots and fresh blood orange juice & zest…

… and then it’s tossed with fresh baby spinach, gorgonzola, toasted pine nuts and – of course – blood orange segments.

But naturally, the star of this salad is the Blood Orange. What a delicious discovery!

This recipe can be found here: Blood Orange- Spinach Salad

Thanks to Specialty Produce for supplying the Blood Oranges :)

Other bloggers utilizing blood oranges in their recipes:
Blood Orange Cocktail from The Hungry Mouse
Blood Orange Sorbet from David Lebovitz
Kale Salad with Blood Orange & Meyer Lemon from The Kitchn
Blood Orange Tart from Lottie + Doof
Blood Orange “Lemon Bars” from Eating Out Loud

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27 Responses to “Blood Oranges: Where Have You Been All My Life?”

  1. 1

    Jessica @ How Sweet — February 15, 2010 @ 3:46 AM

    I don’t even like salads that much and this looks awesome. I love blood oranges!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — February 15, 2010 @ 5:23 AM

    This looks delicious! I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never had a blood orange before… since they’re in season, I need to change that :)

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    leslie — February 15, 2010 @ 5:50 AM

    Blood Oranges are the BEST. Although they are hard to find :(

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    Nanny — February 15, 2010 @ 5:51 AM

    Oh the salad looks wonderful….I love a good salad!

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    bellini valli — February 15, 2010 @ 6:16 AM

    Woot…woot for blood oranges. They make a fantastic sorbet as well….but the salad is much better for me:D

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    The Hungry Mouse — February 15, 2010 @ 6:59 AM

    Yum! That looks amazing! I love blood oranges. Can’t wait for them every year.

    (And thanks for the shout out!)


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    Barbara — February 15, 2010 @ 8:08 AM

    They are gorgeous, aren’t they? Someone made a blood orange tart that looked divine. I think they are fabulous in your salad!

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    Julia — February 15, 2010 @ 8:27 AM

    Blood orange gelato is one of my favorites. And salad is one of my favorite foods. So this dish, well, it looks perfect!

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    carrian — February 15, 2010 @ 8:56 AM

    That looks so good! I can’t wait to be over this “morning” sickness thing so I can eat it again. You would think with being almost 6 months that I would be feeling better!

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    Phoo-D — February 15, 2010 @ 9:22 AM

    Gorgeous salad! I love blood oranges and snatch them up whenever I get the chance (which is quite rare). They are also marvelous with salmon.

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    Laurie — February 15, 2010 @ 12:26 PM

    Love this salad.. I can’t wait to go out and get some blood oranges!

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    maria — February 15, 2010 @ 12:27 PM

    Gorgeous. I love citrus salads!

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    The Cooking Bride — February 15, 2010 @ 1:56 PM

    Oh, this looks lovely! I’ll have to stop and get some blood oranges on my way home.

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    sarah — February 15, 2010 @ 4:10 PM

    These are my favorites! I am so bummed b/c after one time in college, I have never been able to find them in my town again. I went on a search for them recently to no luck. enjoy one for me!

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    A Bowl Of Mush — February 15, 2010 @ 4:19 PM

    Aww this salad looks seriously delicious and refreshing! I love blood oranges!

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    Girl Japan — February 15, 2010 @ 4:42 PM

    Aren’t they delish? OH.. I bet the zest is PERFECT is desserts too…

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    VeggieGirl — February 16, 2010 @ 4:12 AM

    Beautiful and refreshing!

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    LilSis — February 16, 2010 @ 9:21 AM

    This salad looks amazing! I almost bought some blood oranges last week but didn’t know what I would do with them. I’ll be giving this recipe a try very soon. Luckily, my family loves spinach salads.

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    Charles Thompson — February 16, 2010 @ 9:39 AM

    I love blood oranges – your salad looks like a perfect way to use them. Great idea to pair them with spinach.

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    Eliana — February 16, 2010 @ 10:35 AM

    I discovered them for the first time a little over a year ago and absolutly love them. They are stunning to look at too.

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    Jen Schall — February 16, 2010 @ 10:45 AM

    Yum… I love blood oranges, but don’t find them around here too often. I am craving them now, so I’ll have to keep my eyes open for some!

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    Louise — February 17, 2010 @ 5:20 AM

    I just bought my very first blood orange at Wegman’s this week. I had no idea what I was going to do with it. That, has changed. I am so making this salad, Lori, Tonight!!! Thank you so much for sharing…

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    The Chef In My Head — February 17, 2010 @ 10:05 AM

    I could live on salads. The color of these blood oranges is amazing!

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    Kerstin — February 17, 2010 @ 7:16 PM

    So pretty! I’ve never had a blood orange and now I’m inspired to get my hands on some!

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    marla {family fresh — February 18, 2010 @ 5:52 AM

    I need to try these. So awesome that you go to your local produce supplier for super fresh fruits and veggies. I just did a book review of “Earth to Table” talk about inspiring!! All about sourcing local, seasonal foods.

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    Louise — February 18, 2010 @ 7:31 PM

    HI Lori, Just had to stop to tell you how wonderful the dressing turned out for my Spinach Salad. I only had one blood orange and just barely made the third of a cup but my oh my it was ever so good!!!! Thank you so much for sharing…

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    Megan — February 19, 2010 @ 12:15 PM

    What a perfectly elegant and refreshing salad-not to mention that it sounds delicious!