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Blood Orange Salad with Blue Cheese

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Three day weekends are the best, are they not? Being a stay-at-home dad, it doesn’t affect me like a day off work kind of deal, but it does mean that the rest of the family are home and we get to do stuff like this…

Skateboarding on the beach path. Miranda’s been practicing her boarding and getting really good at it. We had to cut it short today, though; yesterday she stepped on a bee and her foot hurts. Personally I think it might be because of her new silver, blingtastic hi-tops that she purchased on her own with her birthday gift card, but she assures me I’m just a crazy dad with no style. Crazy I can agree with but no style? Pshht, I was an eighties kid!

Cruising on her skateboard

We also went to a birthday party. When the hosts point out their giant, fruit-laden blood orange tree and tell me to help myself, well, yes, don’t mind if I do! I’m seeing less of this fruit available in the store, so it was cool to get a whole bunch more for free! I stuck Miranda on my shoulders to be my picker, but after being slapped on the head by branches and falling fruit, she became my fruit picker-upper. 

What to do with a giant bag of blood oranges? Make blood orange salad (among other things)  Some simple spring green mix, orange segments, candied pecans, Cashel Blue cheese from Kerrygold and a blood orange vinaigrette. Mix all of these fridge buddies together and you have another party of sorts taking place, but this time it’s in your mouth.

Hope your long weekend was awesome!

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Blood Orange Salad with Blue Cheese and Pecans
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
For The Vinaigrette
  1. 1/2 cup olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup blood orange juice
  3. 2 1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  4. 2 tbsp honey
  5. 1 tbsp spicy mustard or Creole mustard
  6. Salt and black pepper to taste
For The Salad
  1. 8 small-medium sized blood oranges
  2. 4 ounces Cashel Blue Irish cheese, crumbled roughly
  3. 1/4 cup chopped pecans. Candied are best but not required
  4. 16 ounce pack of spring mixed greens
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a plastic container with the lid securely sealed. Shake until everything is mixed together. Set aside.
  2. Peel and segment the oranges by taking the peel off with a sharp knife. Then slice in between the membrane of each slice and the segment will fall out.
  3. Transfer the oranges to a small bowl.
  4. Place the mixed greens into a large bowl and add the orange slices and about 2 tbsp of the dressing.
  5. Toss gently and add more dressing if you prefer. Transfer the greens to plates and top each pile with some crumbled blue cheese, pecans and season with salt and pepper.
Adapted from about.com
Adapted from about.com
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19 comments


  • I was admiring those high-tops on instagram…I think they’re rad! And this salad is SO getting made…yum.

    May 27, 2013
  • Skateboarding? You guys would fit in very well with my family and tell her those high tops are kill and I am jealous! I am also jealous of this salad! Holy YUM! It is beautiful and I love the flavors!

    May 27, 2013
  • I love citrus salads! Then you added my other two favorites (blue cheese & pecans). Love!

    May 27, 2013
  • I LOVE the weekends! And I love this salad!!! So fresh and gorgeous, G.

    May 28, 2013
  • The salad looks so dang fresh and yum, Gerry.

    May 28, 2013
  • What a beautiful salad! These flavors all sound wonderful together. That beach photo is making me long for the ocean.

    May 29, 2013
  • Great looking salad and way to use up some of that blue cheese. I have a TON left still!

    May 29, 2013
  • nessa

    Picture of Miranda is awesome! Loving the high-tops!

    May 29, 2013
  • Another outstanding recipe Gerry – and you are so lucky! Help yourself to blood oranges fresh from the tree? I would be thrilled beyond belief! Your daughter is adorable and LOVE the high-tops!

    May 29, 2013
  • You know someone with a blood orange tree? Wowza. GREG

    May 29, 2013
  • Free blood oranges? Yes, I would have been like a little pig in mud. Looks like you made good work of yours, this salad looks fabulous!

    May 29, 2013
  • what an amazing looking salad. The idea of a blood orange in my lettuce makes me happy!

    May 29, 2013
  • This is definitely my husband’s type of salad! He is a huge fan of blue cheese!

    May 29, 2013
  • That is a super gorgeous salad! I want a citrus tree. It’s so unfair I don’t have one. ;) (We can’t keep one alive – we’ve tried so many times!)

    May 30, 2013
  • She knows how to rock those shoes! Impressive. Love the salad, love everything citrus these days!

    May 30, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Citrus is summer!! I love it too :)

      June 01, 2013
  • Nice board. My 13 y/o boy and I built him a board rack in the garage to hold his quiver. He’s got two long boards, a ramp board, and a penny board.

    May 31, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Wow quite a collection! maybe he’ll trade them all one day for a Big Green Egg ;)

      June 01, 2013
  • This looks like my kind of salad! Beautiful photos!

    June 08, 2013

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