Avocado & Arugula Salad with Blood Orange Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

by Chung-Ah Rhee of Damn Delicious

My favorite way to eat blood oranges is when they’re sectioned off in a salad, bursting with fresh citrus flavors and crisp greens, and tossed in a sweet, poppy seed vinaigrette. This salad kept leaving me wanting more and more so I’m sure I’ll have to double the batch next time!

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Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 2 blood oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

For the blood orange vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • Zest of 1 blood orange
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Directions:

1. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, blood orange juice and zest, apple cider vinegar, sugar and poppy seeds in a small bowl; set aside.

2. To assemble the salad, place arugula in a large bowl; top with blood oranges, avocado, pecans and goat cheese. Pour the dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to combine.

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Chung-Ah, the author behind Damn Delicious, loves to take simple ingredients and transform them into sophisticated and elegant meals.