Apple Citrus Spinach Salad with Blood Orange Dressing

Apple Citrus Spinach Salad with Blood Orange Dressing aka my new favorite way to faceplant into a bag of spinach! This speedy spinach salad is spiked with fruit, nuts, and cheese then topped with the most delicious homemade dressing!

Apple Citrus Spinach Salad with Blood Orange Dressing

So it’s no secret that I have an insane amount of salad recipe dressings here on ze blog. I pretty much stopped counting after 20 because I’m showing no signs of stopping here when it comes to adding to our arsenal.

I’m not quite on team “never eat the same salad twice” but I’m telling ya, I could easily never eat the same salad twice with all the endless topping, mix-in, and dressing options to be tinkered with.

The saladbilities are endless, yo!

Ok that was too cheesy even for me. Forgive me and I’ll give you the recipe to my crazy delicious blood orange dressing and even throw in the recipe for this awesome apple citrus salad too!

Apple Citrus Spinach Salad with Blood Orange Dressing

Apple Citrus Spinach Salad with Blood Orange Dressing

This fresh spinach salad features apples, oranges, feta, and pecans (which are all ahhhhhmazing together) dressed with a sweet, citrusy blood orange dressing.

serving suggestions + swaps

Looking to make this scrumptious side salad into a meal? It would pair great with chicken, steak, or shrimp and ze hubs even suggested adding homemade croutons to give it a panzanella vibe if you’re craving some carbs.

For the pecans you have 3 glorious options: Serve them up plain and raw, toast them for extra nuttiness, or whip up some 5 minute candied pecans to sweeten the deal even further. If you’re not a pecan lover or simply don’t have any on hand, you can snag walnuts, sliced almonds, or even try roasted sunflower seeds which would be a great nut-free option if you need it.

Sooo…. I’m totally rambling here. In a nutshell: lots of options, lots of deliciousness, make this salad right meow!

Apple Citrus Spinach Salad with Blood Orange Dressing

Apple Citrus Spinach Salad with Blood Orange Dressing
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Apple Citrus Spinach Salad with Blood Orange Dressing

This speedy spinach salad is spiked with fruit, nuts, and cheese then topped with the most delicious homemade dressing!

Recipe yields 2 large salads or 4 side salads.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple Citrus Spinach Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 5 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1-2 oranges (I used blood orange and cara cara)
  • 1 apple (chopped)
  • 1/4-1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup pecans (candied, toasted, or regular)
  • 2-4 TBSP dried cranberries

BLOOD ORANGE DRESSING

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice 1 orange
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest
  • 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and minced (approx. 1 tsp)
  • 1 TBSP dijon mustard
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. First, let's make our dressing! Grab a blood orange and zest about 1/4 tsp from the rind. Roll the orange on the counter to help release the juice then slice in half and juice. (I use a citrus reamer to get every last drop)
  2. Combine blood orange juice (we're looking for 1/4 cup of juice here) with the remaining ingredients in a mason jar and shake well. For a completely smooth dressing, I used an immersion blender. You can follow suit with a blender/processor of your choice or leave the garlic as is - both ways work great!
  3. Wash and dry your spinach and add to a large bowl. Give your dressing another shake and massage a few spoonfuls into the spinach leaves to coat them.
  4. Top spinach with slices of fresh oranges (I used a combination of cara cara and blood orange) as well as chopped apple, feta, pecans and dried cranberries. Drizzle extra dressing to taste and dive in!

Recipe Notes

The blood orange dressing can be made in advance and stored in a mason jar in the fridge. Shake well before serving.

No pecans? No problem! Walnuts also work great. You can even use candied pecans or candied walnuts and get all fancy with it; they only take 5 minutes to make!

Apple Citrus Spinach Salad with Blood Orange Dressing

I seriously can’t get over these gorgeous jewel tones! Be sure to stuff your face with as many blood oranges and cara cara oranges as you can while they’re crazy ripe and in season — they weren’t joking about that whole “nature’s candy” thing – YUM!

If you get a chance to try this apple citrus spinach salad with blood orange dressing, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation.

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Comments

  • Robin Gagnon

    Absolutely gorgeous and the dressing is spot on!

  • michele

    The blood orange juice made my kitchen smell just heavenly! The dressing/salad paired beautifully with our grilled chicken for a wonderful dinner!

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