Blood Orange Salad with Blood Orange Dressing is a beautifully healthy way to use these ruby red fruit. In season now and full of antioxidant power!
There was a cloudless, blue sky here today. It was absolutely beautiful and I was able to see the sun again after many, many days of clouds and snow. Blood oranges seemed perfect and cheerful on such a bright day!
Blood oranges’ red pigment anthocyanin is an antioxidant. The pigments begin accumulating in the vesicles at the edges of the segments and at the blossom end of the fruit, and continue accumulating in cold storage after harvest. Due to its pigments, the blood orange contain greater amounts of antioxidants than other oranges.
Blood oranges are smaller than regular oranges and have a thicker, more deeply pitted skin. The deep crimson flesh tastes a little bit like raspberries.
Anthocyanin and Carotenoids
Nutritionally, the red in the flesh is because of the fruit’s anthocyanin and carotenoid levels. Anthocyanins and carotenoids are powerful antioxidants that can be analgesic, neuroprotective, and anti-inflammatory. So they’re not just good, they’re very good for you.
Anthocyanin trivia: The red and purple in fall leaves is due to the anthocyanins that are revealed as the green chlorophyll recedes in cooler weather.
Most citrus is available all year and is in season, juiciest, and most economically priced in the winter months. Unlike traditional oranges, blood oranges cannot be found year round. December, January, and February is the season for blood oranges. Get them now while they’re available.
When shopping for any citrus, always look for the heaviest fruits … they’ll be the juiciest!
I’ve peeled the blood oranges and then pulled the sections apart, leaving the membranes intact. They contain nutrients and fiber that I didn’t want to discard. They aren’t quite as pretty or photogenic as without, and some people find the membranes bitter tasting. These can be easily cut away if desired.
One of the things I like best about this salad is the arugula sprouts. They’re tasty, delicate, and beautiful. I grew these myself and especially enjoy having something green growing in the frosty depths of winter.
To grow your own, place an inch of good potting soil or seed starting mix in the bottom of a shallow tray. I used an old seed starting tray.
Scatter arugula seeds about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch apart. Cover with a light layer of soil or mix about 1/8 inch deep. Water until nice and evenly moist. Then, cover the entire tray with dark plastic just until the first seeds begin to sprout, which takes about four or five days.
Keep the little seedlings slightly moist but not soggy and place in a sunny or well-lit window, turning the tray if they get leggy or start to lean into the sun.
Harvest the sprouts when they’re three to four inches tall. This will take about another week. Leave a few sprouts to grow and they’ll be full grown arugula in as little as a month.
Hello! I’m Lisa, a vegan artist, photographer, author, Vegan Life Coach Educator, and RYT 200 yoga teacher. I love showing others how simple and delicious a plant-based diet can be. I draw and paint, cook, write, take lots of pics, eat lots of chocolate, and practice gratitude daily.