Made with tart blood oranges, daikon and a mint and lemon dressing, this beautiful blood orange and rocket salad makes a bright, healthy and delicious mid winter dish.
We have a blood orange tree at home that gives us the most tasty fruit over winter and spring. The juicy, tart oranges work perfectly with fresh rocket leaves and mint. A handful of toasted hazelnuts and shredded daikon also give a lovely crunch. You can mix some Navel or Valencia oranges in too, if you prefer a little more sweetness.
I like to dress this salad with a clean lemon and mint dressing. Made with olive oil, lemon juice, brown rice syrup and mint, it’s a much healthier choice and the flavours work perfectly together.
This salad makes a lovely meal for family dinners, entertaining or when you are asked to “bring a salad”. It also makes a delicious and easy work lunch.
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This blood orange and rocket salad is beautifully light and fresh. The recipe serves four, but can be increased for larger quantities. It can be prepared ahead of time, but the dressing is best kept separate and added right before you are ready to eat. For a little extra, it pairs perfectly with fish or grilled chicken. It is one of my favourite salads to take to work.
Where possible, try to find the freshest oranges you can. The flavour in this salad works best with fresh, firm, tart oranges.
- 130g fresh rocket leaves
- 2-3 fresh blood oranges, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 x daikon, peeled and thinly sliced or shredded
- 30g toasted hazelnuts
- Fresh mint leaves, torn
- Fennel fronds, torn
- FOR THE DRESSING
- 1/4 cup light olive oil
- 1/4 lemon juice
- 1-2 tbs brown rice syrup
- salt and pepper
- 6 mint leaves, very finely chopped
Toss all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
To make the dressing, combine all of the ingredients and stir until the brown rice syrup has dissolved. Add a generous amount of salt and pepper, to taste.
When ready to serve, drizzle the required amount of dressing over the salad and serve. Enjoy!
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