You will enjoy this light and refreshing spring greens salad, with oranges, cranberries and feta, and a citrus vinaigrette dressing!You will enjoy this light and refreshing spring greens salad, with oranges, cranberries and feta, and a citrus vinaigrette dressing!
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 paired it along with some other ingredients to make Spring Greens with Citrus Vinaigrette!
You can use any type of fresh lettuces for this lovely salad, which makes it very convenient to prepare. With some flavorful additions and topped with an amazing orange citrus vinaigrette, this will be a tasty salad I’m sure you’ll enjoy! Here’s how to make it!
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I Love To Grow Lettuces And Other Spring Greens!

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!).
Our little beds produced tasty, leafy greens, including red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, rainbow chard, mustard greens, spinach, oakleaf lettuce, and kale.

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

Our backyard raised beds full of lettuces and spring greens.

A while ago I found a recipe for a salad dressing in one of my old “Taste of Home” magazines for an orange juice vinaigrette, and it really piqued my interest.

This interest led to me playing around with the recipe a bit. Eventually I came up with this delicious spring greens salad and dressing “recipe”.

Use Any Variety Spring Greens!

Basically you can use any types of spring lettuces available (romaine, iceberg, red leaf, bibb, etc.) and make a big salad with them.

Whether you grow them yourself or purchase them at the store or farmer’s market, there are so many different types of colorful lettuces available to choose from! Use your favorites!

Spring greens growing, to use in salad recipe.

For this particular salad, I like to pair it with a citrus based salad dressing, I add crumbled feta cheese, red onions, dried cranberries, and sliced almonds to the chilled spring greens. This really helps to kick up the colors and flavors a notch!

Then the spring greens are topped with beautiful juicy orange slices, and an amazing tasting citrus vinaigrette was drizzled over the top, to serve!

Make A Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing For The Spring Greens

This salad 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!

The citrus vinaigrette, used to dress the salad.

Serve The Spring Greens With Citrus Vinaigrette

Place chilled salad greens in a serving bowl. Top with feta cheese, dried cranberries, red onion, sliced roasted almonds, and top with round orange slices.

To serve the Spring Greens With Citrus Vinaigrette, give the vinaigrette a quick stir, then drizzle over the chilled salad, using as much as you prefer. Toss ingredients until the vinaigrette has been distributed well, then serve!

This really is a refreshing and delicious spring greens salad, and we enjoyed it VERY much!  Hope you will give it a try, and trust you’ll enjoy it as much as we do!

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


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Spring Greens with Citrus Vinaigrette
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 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
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spring greens
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 151 kcal
Author: JB @ 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*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 125mg5%
Potassium 162mg5%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 585IU12%
Vitamin C 31.6mg38%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Spring Greens with Citrus Vinaigrette

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