This is one of those salads I like to enjoy for lunch. Honestly, when blood oranges are in season I tend to buy them in droves. Therefore I just cannot help it. Certainly, they are the best orange in my book. When I find the best blood oranges they are the ones with a little red on the skin. Paired with a good Parmesan and those flavor are just divine. This Blood Orange Parmesan Salad is wonderful for any lunch, any starter, or on the go in a mason jar.
Additionally, plenty of dressings can go great with this salad from a ginger dressing to the reddest of Italian tomato dressings. However, I like to top this with an Italian dressing I buy from a local Italian restaurant here. In short, it’s from a local place called Nick’s Pizza and Pasta. Hence, they have been around for 21 years now. Therefore you always see the same faces too which is awesome; even Nick himself. Once he listed to me all the ingredients in the dressing. I told him never mind I will just buy it from you 😉
If you don’t have a local place to get dressing then I would actually suggest a french dressing over this. It just pairs nicely with the spring mix. It also merries well with the blood oranges. If your not a Parmesan cheese fan then I am going to suggest a Romano or pecorino cheese. They all have a strong enough flavor to match the blood oranges in this salad. If you’d like to add something a bit more just top with tart strawberries. For that tang!
My next favorite thing in salads is croutons. How about you? Do you make your own. We do when we have time. So good when they are made from a bread you really love. My husband likes them in his soup. I like them by themselves with dressing over them. Bad I know 🙂Print
Blood orange salad topped with red onions and parmesan cheese
- 1 cup red leaf lettuce; washed
- 1 red onion; sliced one round
- 2 tablespoons shaved parmesan cheese
- 1 blood orange; sliced into rounds
- Dressing of choice
- Wash salad greens and place into a salad bowl.
- Top with red onion and blood oranges.
- Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and top with your favorite dressing.
Olive and vinegar is my favorite over this salad.