Blood Orange Arugula Salad with Feta and Kalamata OlivesBlood Orange Arugula Salad with Feta and Kalamata Olives
(This recipe is part of  “The Healthier Side of Life”)

My Newfound Love – Blood Oranges

I have a newfound love and they’ve been hiding in the produce section of the grocery store all along. I’m almost embarrassed to admit it but I’ve never in my life peeled a blood orange or had the pleasure of tasting it until recently, like a couple days ago. I know, it’s quite sad, especially since I’ve tried pretty much everything under the sun and have found very few foods that I don’t like.

I was in the grocery store for a few regular oranges to add to this salad that I’m posting today. All of a sudden my eyes were opened to a fruit that I have overlooked a thousand times. I almost grabbed them by accident because there’s really no difference between the skin of a regular orange and this “newbie” that I just came across. There was no good reason to not include it, so I grabbed several of them along with arugula, a red onion, some kalamata olives out of the bin, and of course Feta cheese.

Blood Orange Arugula Salad with Feta and Kalamata Olives

An Array of Colors

And wow! When I peeled this little-hidden gem and sliced it, all the colors of a gorgeous sunset were displayed on my countertop. When I added it to this Arugula Salad with Feta and Kalamata Olives it made all the other colors pop. I would venture to say this will become top of my list of “go-to” salads. At least for the moment anyway. The array of colors from the orange, arugula, feta cheese, red onions and kalamata olives, transformed this salad into a stunning presentation on my table.

Blood Orange Arugula Salad with Feta and Kalamata Olives

Complexity of Flavors – Blood Orange Arugula Salad with Feta and Kalamata Olives

I love recipes that are complex with flavors but are simple. And this one definitely delivers on both. Between the sweet oranges, the tangy feta and the briny olives, your taste buds will go wild with the intensity. The arugula adds a pungent flavor with a peppery overtone. It all mingles wonderfully. I toss it with a lemon vinaigrette which can be added to a variety of salads because it’s so versatile. It is one of those salad dressings that I always have handy in my fridge.

Blood Orange Arugula Salad with Feta and Kalamata Olives

Note to self – As I am getting back to being somewhat healthy on this ” Healthier Side of Life” series, I need to incorporate lots of colorful veggies and fruits into my meals again. They burst with nutrients and vitamins that add to my overall well-being and as a bonus, they taste GREAT!

Now, if you will excuse me, I think I’m gonna go dive into this yummy salad and let the flavors explode in my mouth.

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Blood Orange Arugula Salad with Feta and Kalamata Olives

Blood Orange Arugula Salad with Feta and Kalamata Olives

This fresh and colorful salad has a depth of flavor with the combination of arugula, blood oranges, kalamata olives and feta.The lemon vinaigrette brings it all together.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

Blood Orange Vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons Blood Orange Juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Blood Orange Zest
  • 4 1/2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Garlic, minced

Blood Orange Arugula Salad

  • 6 cups Arugula
  • 1 1/2 cup Baby Spinach
  • Handful of Mint, chopped
  • 3/4 cup Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup Kalamata Olives, quartered
  • 3/4 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
  • 4 Blood Oranges, peeled and sliced

Instructions

  • Wisk together the fruit juices, zest, olive oil and garlic in a small jar.
  • Combine the greens, red onion, kalamata olives, and feta cheese in a salad bowl. Toss and lay the sliced blood oranges on the salad.
  • When ready to serve, drizzle the vinaigrette on top.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 406
  • Sugar: 16 g
  • Sodium: 1084 mg
  • Fat: 32 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 15 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 28 m