Thursday, October 10, 2019

Blood Orange Salad with Pecans and Blue Cheese #ImprovCookingChallenge

Tender mixed baby greens and blood orange segments, tossed in a blood orange vinaigrette and topped with pecan pieces and blue cheese.

We are sharing Orange and Olive Oil recipes today for the Improv Cooking Challenge......

Each month Nichole of Cookaholic Wife invites us to join her in a cooking challenge.  She chooses two ingredients and then challenges us to come up with the best recipe using said ingredients.  This month she chose Oranges and Olive Oil.

I just happened to be in possession of some gorgeous blood oranges that Melissa's Produce had provided for another event in which I am partaking called Freaky Fruits Friday.  I knew they would be perfect for this challenge.  I also had a cupboard full of some amazing pecans from Millican Pecan Company who had sponsored a Fall Flavors event in which I participated.

The olive oil that I used for the dressing was imported from Ricasoli Vineyards in Italy.   I will be featuring this oil and some wine in a post coming up in November.  Stay tuned for that.  Look at the deep, beautiful color of that dressing.  It was as good as it looks.

This beautiful salad will be a wonderful addition to your dinner table for the upcoming holidays.  I served it with the blue cheese on the side as some of my guests are not blue cheese fans.  Imagine that?!  Feta cheese would make a good alternative to blue cheese on this salad.

Let's take a look at the other Orange and Olive Oil recipes being shared today.......

October Improv Cooking Challenge
      Olive Oil and Orange
        • Glazed Orange Muffins by Veggies First, Then Dessert
        • Blood Orange Baked Squash by Palatable Pastime
        • Orange Olive Oil Pound Cake by Making Miracles
        • Olive Oil Fresh Orange Cake by Sneha’s Recipe
        • Orange Blast Sauce for Pork by Sid's Sea Palm Cooking
        • Blood Orange Salad with Pecans and Blue Cheese by A Day in the Life on the Farm
        • Orange Cardamom Pound Cake by Cookaholic Wife
        • Halloween-Inspired Orange Ricotta Bundt Cake by Faith, Hope, Love and Luck Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

        • #salad, #vegetablesides, #bloodoranges, #pecans, #greens, #vinaigrette,
          Salads, Starters, Sides Dishes
          Yield: 8 Servings

          Blood Orange Salad with Pecans and Blue Cheese

          prep time: 15 Mcook time: total time: 15 M
          Tender mixed baby greens and blood orange segments, tossed in a blood orange vinaigrette and topped with pecan pieces and blue cheese.


          • 5 blood oranges, divided
          • 10 oz. mixed baby greens of choice
          • 1/2  c.  pecan pieces
          • 4 oz. blue cheese or cheese of choice
          • 2 T. balsamic vinegar
          • 1/4 c. olive oil
          • salt and pepper, to taste


          How to cook Blood Orange Salad with Pecans and Blue Cheese

          1. Place the mixed greens into a large bowl.  Peel and supreme 3 of the blood oranges.  Add the segments to the mixed greens along with the pecans.
          2. Juice the 2 remaining oranges and place into a small jar or cruet with a cover.  Add the olive oil, salt and pepper.  Seal and shake until all ingredients are incorporated.  Pour half of the dressing over the mixed greens and toss to coat.  
          3. Layer onto a serving platter and sprinkle with the cheese.  Pass the remaining dressing with the salad.
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  1. This is my kind of salad! I love all of the ingredients.

  2. This makes a light and delicious meal too Wendy!

  3. The dressing is almost as pretty as the salad! This would be perfect for lunch, with some crusty bread on the side.

  4. Now this is a salad I want to see show up at my table! YUM!!! Maybe even with some fried chicken on it!!!


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