Recipe by FAITHFUL96
"A tasty summery salad made with fresh oranges, red onions, glazed walnuts, and Gorgonzola cheese, then topped with a homemade citrus vinaigrette! Easy and delicious!"
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mixed salad greens with arugula
large navel oranges, peeled and sectioned
sliced red onion
ground black pepper
crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Light, refreshing and perfect for a summer salad.... The citrus vinaigrette was a nice touch - will definitely make again. Update - made this the 2nd time and used walnut oil in place of the vegetable oil. Using the walnut oil made all the difference, moved this salad from wonderful to outstanding!!!
I liked the basic flavor profile of this recipe - sweet, savory and salty. I made the dressing according to the directions, but I found it a bland and sweet. It definitely needed more acid so I added additional balsamic vinegar. For extra flavor, I upped the amount of mustard and added a couple cloves of pasted garlic (garlic and kosher salt mashed with a pestle). I liked the final dressing result much better. I would make this recipe again but with the above modifications plus a possible reduction in the amount of sugar, depending on the sweetness of my orange juice (I used fresh squeezed navel orange juice).
This salad is to die for! After making it a few times I have found what works best for us. I added a bit less OJ (1/4 cup less, be sure to use fresh squeezed), half the sugar and I use brown not white, and added half a clove of crushed garlic to give it a kick. Added some salt and a bit more Dijon (1TBS) as well. I also used mandarin oranges in a pinch they will work as well. Sometimes I use pecans and chevre cheese in place of walnuts and gorgonzola. Both are excellent. Heaven.
The best part of this recipe is the dressing. The salad ingredients can be modified to suit one's taste. I was looking for an arugula salad recipe that tasted like a salad I had at a local restaurant. With a few substitutes in toppings, this salad was very similar in flavor, but a lot less expensive than the restaurant version. I like to sometimes use sliced fresh pears instead of oranges, omit the onions, use glazed pecans instead of walnuts, and use goat cheese instead of the Gorgonzola. However, I use the dressing as is. Excellent!
This salad is very good (addictive, in fact) with the following changes (some to decrease the amount of sugar): use walnut oil in place of one of the oils, use mandarin oranges instead of navel oranges, no added sugar, less OJ, regular walnut pieces, and bagged spring mix to make it snappy!
I made this for Valentine's Day dinner as suggested by the Allrecipes Newsletter. The flavor was unique and interesting. I thought the oranges, red onion and gorgonzola were very tasty together. The dressing turned out well and I do hope to make this again.
I substituted drained mandarin oranges, that had been in juice instead of a light syrup, for the naval oranges (easier & visually pleasing) and Splenda for the sugar. As I was out of Dijon, I used spicy brown mustard and also omitted the oregano due to family preference. I think this would be yummy with blue cheese or feta as well.
Excellent flavor combo! (even forgetting to add the red onion) The dressing is great but quite sweet - I would halve the sugar next time and possibly add a little salt. Thanks for the recipe!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Orange, Walnut, Gorgonzola and Mixed Greens Salad with Fresh Citrus Vinaigrette
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 271
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