Spring Greens with Citrus Vinaigrette

Spring Greens with Citrus Vinaigrette

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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 made paired it with some other ingredients to make Spring Greens with Citrus Vinaigrette!

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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, 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 backyard raised beds full of lettuces and spring greens.

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

Use Any Variety Spring Greens!

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 spring greens. This really helped to kick it up a notch!

Then the spring greens were 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

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!

The citrus vinaigrette, used to dress the salad.

This really is a refreshing and delicious spring greens salad, and we enjoyed it VERY much!  Hope you will give it a try! Have a wonderful day, friends.

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


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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