21 Orange Salad Recipes Full of Colour and Zest

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Oranges are a common ingredient in a fruit salad, but they are so much more versatile than that. Using oranges in a savoury salad bring adds wonderful colour, flavour and texture. Salads with oranges are great for entertaining with their great visual impact. You’ll love this collection of orange salad recipes featuring all different types of orange varieties.

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Oranges and salads – a perfect match

Citrus flavours add unique sweetness and brightness to salads. You can use oranges in salads year round, depending on what types or oranges are in season, Whether you have mandarin oranges, navel oranges, sweet Cara Cara oranges or striking blood oranges, we’ve put together a great collection of orange salad recipes to try.

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Preparing oranges for salads

Ideally try to use homegrown or organic oranges when making your salad. Usually the recipe will use peeled oranges but it’s still a good idea to wash oranges well before you cut them. For store bought citrus, you can also remove any fruit wax first.

Oranges can be cut in many different ways for salads. Some recipes will use orange slices or segments, while for others you will need to know how to cut oranges into ‘supremes’ without any pith or segment cases. You can find out how to do this in our post on how to cut perfect citrus supremes.

However you need to prepare your oranges, it will be easier with the right citrus tools, from sharp knives to zesters and juicers.

Here are some of our favourite orange salad recipes to add to your menu.

Simple Mandarin Orange Salad with Turmeric Dressing

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This simple mandarin orange salad with turmeric dressing lets the sweet mandarins take centre stage. It has a base of peppery rocket leaves (arugula), topped with mandarin orange slices, currants and a spiced citrus dressing. With simple flavours and beautiful colours, this salad is the ideal side dish.

Spinach Orange Salad with Pomegranate and Almonds

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Looking for an orange salad for the holidays? This bright and festive spinach orange salad with pomegranate and almonds is perfect. Not only does it look the part, the combination of flavours works so well together and the pomegranate and almonds add a wonderful crunchy texture. This far from boring orange salad is sure to impress.

Cara Cara Orange and Prosciutto Salad

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Cara Cara oranges have a wonderful deep pink colour and sweet flavour. They are the perfect orange to make a statement in this Cara Cara orange and prosciutto salad.

The sweetness of the oranges offsets the saltiness of the prosciutto beautifully. Combined with creamy burrata and pistachios, this orange salad is a Mediterranean flavour sensation.

Blood Orange Vinaigrette Kale Salad

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Brilliantly coloured blood oranges are the star of both salad and the dressing in this blood orange vinaigrette kale salad. With a chopped kale base, this salad combines the blood oranges with red onion, pecans and goat’s cheese for a delightful combination of textures and flavours,

Roasted Beet and Orange Salad

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For a simple salad that’s bursting with citrus flavour, you’ll love this roasted beet and orange salad. Earthy roasted beets and orange slices are colourfully presented on a bed of mixed greens, topped with refreshing vinaigrette dressing, mint and walnuts for crunch,

Chinese Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges

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Looking for a substantial salad that’s enough for a meal? You’ll love this Chinese chicken salad with mandarin oranges. This Asian style salad combines tender chicken with shredded cabbage, mandarin orange pieces, shallots and almonds with a wonderful dressing featuring garlic and sesame.

Mediterranean Blood Orange and Leeks Salad

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Based on a traditional Mediterranean dish, this blood orange and leeks salad with arugula looks and tastes wonderful. It’s quick and easy to assemble but impressive enough to serve for holiday celebrations or when entertaining.

Kalamata olives add a touch of salt to offset the sweetness of the blood orange slices and the salad is finished with a simple bright dressing.

Crispy Lentil, Orange and Pomegranate Salad

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The colours and flavours in this crispy lentil, orange and pomegranate salad are sure to brighten up your winter meals. Enough for a meal in itself, this vegan orange salad is has orange slices, pomegranate, crispy roasted lentils and greens. It’s topped with a delicious citrus orange ginger vinaigrette.

Citrus Avocado Salad with Mint and Feta

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Combing blood orange, grapefruit and clementine slices gives this citrus avocado salad with mint and feta a vibrant colour. The ripe citrus and avocado are a great match, and the mint and feta offset the citrus flavours beautifully. This salad is finished with chopped pecans for texture.

Citrus Salad with Orange Dijon Vinaigrette

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For anther orange salad featuring grapefruit too, try this delicious citrus salad with orange Dijon vinaigrette dressing.

The mix of blood oranges, navel oranges and grapefruit slices looks visually stunning. Citrus slices are combined with radicchio slices, creamy avocado, onion, goats cheese and fresh thyme. The honey Dijon dressing brings it all together beautifully.

Mandarin Orange Salad

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Try this Mandarin orange salad recipe with cranberries and fetta for another citrus flavour combination. This quick and easy salad also has candied pecans and a tasty light dressing. It’s an ideal salad to serve with seafood or chicken.

Blood Orange Salad

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This¬†blood orange salad recipe will brighten up your winter menu. It’s made with mixed greens, fresh blood oranges, walnuts and sunflower seeds, with both sweet and savory flavours. The final touch is a blood orange vinaigrette dressing.

Serve as an appetizer or side salad when blood oranges are in season.

Kale Salmon Salad with Mozzarella Cheese

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For an orange salad that’s enough for a meal in itself, we love this kale salmon salad with mozzarella. This quick and easy meal combines salmon with fennel, parsley, sweet oranges, and mozzarella cheese, topped with a homemade citrusy dressing with Dijon mustard.

Shrimp Salad With Orange Sesame Dressing

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Another salad that’s enough for a healthy meal is this shrimp salad with orange sesame dressing. It combines broiled shrimps with red onion, orange slices and almonds on a bed of romaine lettuce with a sweet and nutty orange sesame dressing. The prawns are cooked in a little of the dressing for even more citrus flavour.

Red Cabbage and Orange Salad

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For a wonderful way to use oranges in a winter salad, you’ll love this red cabbage and orange salad. Orange slices and pomegranate seeds add brightness to seasonal red cabbage, topped with a wonderful orange, maple and Dijon dressing. This salad can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days, making it a great salad to have on hand for easy winter meals.

Cabbage Salad with Orange and Blue Cheese

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If you love blue cheese, this cabbage salad with orange and blue cheese is for you. Fresh crunchy green cabbage is topped with orange slices, blue cheese, shallots, raisins and walnuts for a wonderful combination of flavours and textures. The salad is finished with a simple dressing made with Dijon mustard. This is a delicious salad to serve as an appetiser or a side salad.

Blood Orange Salad with Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil

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The wonderful colour of blood oranges shines through in this simple blood orange salad with balsamic and olive oil dressing. Sweet and savoury flavours combine in this salad of green leaves, avocado, onion, sprouts and seeds. It’s a wonderful fresh and bright salad for winter days.

Winter Lentil Salad

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Fresh orange is a feature of this delicious winter lentil salad. The citrus matches perfectly with green lentils, roasted vegetables, greens and pomegranate seeds. Freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice in the sweet citrusy dressing make the perfect finish.

Broccoli Salad with Mandarins

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Looking for a more substantial citrus salad for a meal or a filling side? This broccoli salad with mandarin oranges is packed full of filling vegetables and bursting with flavours. It combines broccoli florets, raisins, mandarins, sweet onion and poppy seed dressing with crumbled turkey bacon on top.

Tricolour Orange Salad

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This spectacular tricolour orange salad uses the wonderful colours of navel oranges, blood oranges and Cara Cara oranges to their full effect. Serve colourful orange slices with salad greens, crushed pistachios and a simple honey and lemon dressing.

Berry Mandarin Tossed Salad

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Summer strawberries and fresh citrus make this berry mandarin tossed salad a crowd pleaser. This salad dresses up mixed greens with sweet fruit flavours, onion and crunchy almonds. But the delicious spiced dressing ties it all together perfectly. This mandarin orange salad is perfect for picnics.

More citrus recipes and inspiration

Inspired to try more citrus salads? You’ll also love our collection of grapefruit salad recipes, including our easy red grapefruit. and prawn salad with almonds.

For more ideas for cooking with citrus, make sure you check out our collection of recipes featuring all different types of citrus, from blood orange loaf cake to homemade preserved limes and marmalade.

Do you have lots of oranges to use up? Why not try making your own dried orange slices in the oven.

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