As previously stated in other blog posts, I'm a bit picky about salad dressings. Anyone else out there like this? I almost never buy store-bought. It's so easy to whip up a quick dressing at home. Most of us already have everything we need to make a basic vinaigrette. Why not kick it up a notch and try something new like this sweet and tangy blood orange vinaigrette?
What in the World is a Blood Orange?
Well, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but blood oranges are filled with... blood. Yeah, I know, how is it possible you didn't know there was actual blood in blood oranges? In short, these types of secrets are held onto tightly in the whole grand scheme of things. Only a select few of us know the truth. I'm here today to pull back the curtain on blood oranges and the suffering and blood draining that's been taking place behind closed doors for years!
Okay, I should stop that since someone out there will read an excerpt of this in a Google search and think I'm being serious. No, no. I'm just me at home being very silly.
The Real Truth About Blood Oranges Isn't Very Exciting After All
It's basically just an orange that has a different color inside... and more antioxidants that are supposed to be good for you. It's sweet and delicious, of course, and it does taste different than a regular orange. Blood oranges have a deep, richer flavor. In my opinion, they are not as tart as regular oranges. In fact, I definitely prefer the flavor of blood oranges to regular oranges.
I first tested this recipe when I made my Roasted Beet Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette. It soon became a summer staple in my kitchen! I had so many greens from my Clark Farm CSA Share over the summer, so I was making salads every week. The best part about making your own dressing: you make what you need. I only make a cup or so of dressing at a time and it works out great.
So give this one a try! It really rocks and I promise blood oranges don't actually contain blood. That was a joke. It's not real. Just my weird sense of humor! This dressing works with many salads. If I'm not making my go to Favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette, I'm making this blood orange vinaigrette for my salad nights.
Need Some Salad to Go With That Dressing?
- Steak Salad with Pickled Red Onions & Bleu Cheese
- Roasted Beet Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette
- Kale, Radish, Parsley Salad w/Fennel, Carrots & Walnuts
- Hearty Summer Salad
- Warm Goat Cheese Salad w/Pine Nuts & Dried Cherries