Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Blood Orange Avocado Salad


Probably safer than calling it a bloody green salad or a gang banger blood and green salad. I already got weird looks from my classmate, Cindy, for:

1) Talking about food at any free seconds whilst studying 

2) For giving typical food blogger judgemental looks upon hearing the "I live off Cliff Bars" confession and 

3) For nonstop rambling about the grocery list I was  putting in my salad later that night (like she cared)

I was so excited about all the perfect ingredients I had had rallied for this salad. Finally, for once in my life, I was not rummaging through the refrigerator supplementing everything for everything. This was going to be the best premeditated salad of February.

I usually make this salad with plain old orange oranges, sometimes adding mint and/or basil. This time I had blood oranges and blood orange olive oil from We Olive. I left out the extra herby herbs as to not distract from the blood orange flavor. Of course, you could use the orange versions, but I like the blood oranges for their slight raspberry taste and beautiful color. This would be a special occasion salad for say, a blood/vampire themed party, or for a Friday night in the She-Cave like I had. 

I'd like to thank CSN.com for graciously gifting me a salad spinner which I used to spin-dry the parsely and baby lettuce. 


Blood Orange Avocado Salad
Serves 2

1 blood orange, de-pithed and segmented
1/2 avocado, sliced 
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
1/4 cup sliced green olives
2 cups loose baby salad greens
2 tbsp capers
1/4 cup blood orange olive oil
1-2 tbsp olive juice (optional, I always do this because I love the salty punch)
extra virgin olive oil
zest from orange
salt and pepper
pistachios

Mix all ingredients except avocados and pistachios together in a bowl gently with hands so everything is coated and dispersed. Add avocados at the end so they don't get damaged, but still coated. Serve on a plate and sprinkle with pistachios. Drizzle with extra olive oil if desired. 

15 comments:

elra said...

My husband would eat the whole bowl of this salad. He'll go crazy with the two combo, blood orange and avocado.

SassyAgapi said...

mmm i wish i was eating this right now! thanks for the recipe!
~filakia

Anna A. said...

elra - haha, maybe a nice thing to make on V day?

SassyAgapi - Me too! Fillakia!

Diana said...

This looks like a way better use of blood oranges than the scallops with blood orange gastrique I made a couple weekends ago. Disaster!

Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul said...

I am so loving this Anna! I have a dinner party planned for Saturday and I think I just got my forst course organised! Cheers!

Helen said...

What a beautiful display of colours in that salad! It has an amazing assortment of flavours, like briny, tart, creamy, zingy, salty...yum!

Anna A. said...

Diana - I hope to hear your extensive commentary on this soon... or will it not make DTAB?

Peter - Oh please do! I think it would really cool you hot Aussies off. Plus, I'd be super flattered :-)

Helen - You have the right description to this salad. You probably can make it much better than I can!

Mary said...

What a gorgeous salad! I'd really love to have a bowl of this. AND I WILL! Have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

Umm Mymoonah said...

A healthy plate of salad, looks very fresh and yumm.

Esi said...

Love blood oranges. Excited to play with them this season!

tasteofbeirut said...

I could eat this salad every day of my life and not be wanting for anything else! That is how much I adore avocados and citrus and olive oil. Heavenly.

Mary said...

Anna, it was completely unintentional. I took the photo on a black background that strobed when the photo was reduced in size. That was a bummer, because I really liked the picture. You win some, you lose some. Blessings...Mary

Anna A. said...

Mary - I hope you do! That's interesting about your photo - it is a cool mistake actually!

Umm Mymoonah - I'd like to think anything containing avocados is healthy :-)

Esi - I can't wait to see what you do! ...maybe something with grilled cheese? haha I kid!

tasteofbeirut - I second you on that one! I can't wait for the weather to get warmer and I think I will enjoy it even more.

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Really awesome post for best health. I would say all the citrus fruits are really good for a healthy person. Even these help to fight with old age.Oranges are the great source of vitamin c..

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