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Blood Orange & Beet Salad with Citrus Hazelnut Vinaigrette

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 389kcal
A refreshing blood orange & beet salad. Greens, winter citrus, tender beets, feta, and toasted hazelnuts are dressed with a citrus hazelnut vinaigrette. A perfect salad to take you from winter into spring.
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Toasted Hazelnuts

  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped

Citrus Hazelnut Vinaigrette

  • 1 small shallot, finely diced
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar could also use sherry vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 3 tbsp orange juice, freshly squeezed about 1/2 large orange
  • 2 tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Papa Joe's Salt or combination of salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup roasted hazelnut oil


  • 4 oz arugula
  • 6.5 oz roasted beets, thinly sliced I use Love Beets from the grocery store but you could also roast your own
  • 2 large blood oranges peeled and sliced into thin circles
  • 1 large orange of your choice (I used Cara Cara) peeled and sliced into thin circles
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/8 cup fresh tarragon, chopped


Toasted Hazelnuts

  • Preheat oven to 300°. Spread hazelnuts evenly on a quarter sheet pan. Toast hazelnuts for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Citrus Hazelnut Vinaigrette

  • In an empty jelly jar or glass measuring cup combine all of the vinaigrette ingredients as listed. Shake or whisk to combine. 

Assembling the Salad

  • Place the arugula on a large platter or in a large salad bowl. Arrange the sliced beets, orange slices, feta, toasted hazelnuts, and golden raisins on the top. Sprinkle the chopped tarragon over the salad. 
  • Once you are ready to serve, drizzle the dressing over the salad or serve the dressing on the side in a small pitcher. Once the salad is dressed, serve immediately.


I like to double the dressing recipe so that I have a homemade vinaigrette for other salads throughout the week. If you are making it anyway, you may as well have some extra vinaigrette around. 
For the beets...you can roast your own beets, or buy them precooked at the grocery store. I really like Love Beets. They are easy to use in a salad and they are all delicious...I've tried every flavor. 


Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 529mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 59.1mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 1.9mg