Spring Greens with Citrus Vinaigrette

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I am always on the lookout for new salad dressings and salad ideas, and recently found a recipe for a delicious sounding salad dressing, so I made paired it with some other ingredients to make Spring Greens with Citrus Vinaigrette!Spring Greens With Citrus Vinaigrette / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I love to grow vegetables and a few fruits in raised beds and containers in our backyard. Last year was a bumper crop for my Garden Of Eatin’ (as I like to call it!), including my raised beds full of tasty, leafy greens (red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, rainbow chard, mustard greens, spinach, oakleaf lettuce, kale, etc).

By the time our lettuce beds are fully mature, my husband and I are eating salads with just about every meal, and I am giving away salad greens to our sons, neighbors and friends by the bagful (I feel so blessed to have “more than enough”, and like to share).

Our garden, growing Spring greens for salad
Lettuce Beds, Spring 2013

I found a recipe in one of my old “Taste of Home” magazines for an Orange Juice Vinaigrette and it piqued my interest; I played around with the recipe just a bit and came up with this delicious salad and dressing. Basically you can use any types of spring lettuces available (romaine, iceberg, red leaf, bibb, etc.) and make a salad with them.

Spring greens growing, to use in salad recipe

For this particular salad, to pair it with a citrus based salad dressing I added crumbled feta cheese, red onions, dried cranberries, and sliced almonds to the chilled salad greens, to kick it up a notch!  Then I topped it all with beautiful juicy orange slices, and drizzled an amazing tasting citrus vinaigrette over the salad, to serve!

The dressing is an easy to make “light and fresh” tasting vinaigrette; the orange flavor shines and compliments just about any green salad nicely! Making it is as simple as whisking the ingredients together… easy peasy!

Citrus vinaigrette salad dressing in small glass bowl
Citrus Vinaigrette

This really is a refreshing and delicious salad, and we enjoyed it VERY much!  Hope you will give it a try!

Author's signatureRecipe adapted from: Kristin Bataille, Taste of Home Magazine, Feb/March 2012 Issue

Spring Greens with Citrus Vinaigrette
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
You will enjoy this light and refreshing spring greens salad, with oranges, cranberries and feta, bursting with fresh flavor from a citrus vinaigrette dressing!
Category: Salad
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 151 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
For the vinaigrette:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (approx.amount from 1 orange)
  • dash salt
  • dash pepper
For the salad:
  • 4 cups fresh spring greens (I used mixed variety and romaine)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • sliced red onion (to taste-I use 2 thin slices, chopped into smaller pieces)
  • 10-15 roasted almonds , sliced lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 small orange (cut from top to bottom all around the outside to remove peel and white "pith" completely). Once peeled, slice horizontally
  1. Make vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients until fully blended. If making vinaigrette ahead of serving time, cover and chill until ready to use.
  2. Place chilled salad greens in serving bowl.
  3. Sprinkle salad greens with feta, red onion, sliced almonds,cranberries and top with orange slices. When ready to serve, whisk the vinaigrette well to mix, then drizzle over salad, and toss to coat. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Spring Greens with Citrus Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 125mg 5%
Potassium 162mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 11.7%
Vitamin C 38.3%
Calcium 7.1%
Iron 2.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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