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Mar 28, 2019

Blood Orange, Butter Lettuce, Radicchio, and Endive Salad with Fennel and Tangelos

This Blood Orange, Butter Lettuce, Radicchio, and Endive Salad with Fennel is one of the most refreshing salads ever.

blood orange salad

This salad is the perfect antidote for winter with the combination of the blood oranges, tangelos, and the Citronette dressing.

Now that it's blood orange season, I am trying to make as many dishes as I can with these delicious and gorgeous oranges. I also added some tangelo slices to the salad and the combined flavors were outstanding.

Blood Orange, Butter Lettuce, Radicchio, and Endive Salad

I wish blood oranges season was longer! They have an amazing flavor, and they are so beautiful. There is only one local specialty store nearby that carries them even though I live in an area where you can pretty much find anything you need.

No worries. If you can't find blood oranges, you can substitute navel oranges and still enjoy a delicious salad.

blood oranges and tangelos

The citronette dressing for this salad contains both lemon juice and orange or tangelo zest, and is both sweet and tart at the same time.

This salad includes butter lettuce, radicchio, and endive, along with fennel. It's such a wonderful spring salad.

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Now that it's blood orange season, I decided it was time to update this post by adding a printable recipe card and brighten up the photos.

Grab blood oranges while you can. They are delicious and so pretty!!!

For a sweet take on blood oranges, be sure to try blood orange posset

Blood Orange and butter leaf salad

radicchio, butter lettuce, oranges, salad
Yield: 4 servings

Blood Orange, Butter Lettuce, Radicchio, and Endive Salad with Fennel and Tangelos

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For the Citronelle Dressing
  • Zest of 1/2 of an orange or one tangelo
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2/3 tsp kosher salt
  • Juice of one lemon or Meyer lemon
  • 5 T extra virgin olive oil
For the Salad
  • 2 blood oranges
  • 1 navel orange, two tangerines, or one large tangelo (I used the tangelo)
  • 2 small heads of butter lettuce, washed and torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1 head endive, washed and broken into leaves
  • 1/2 head radicchio, washed and torn into bite sized leaves
  • 1/2 bulb fennel, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 C flat leaf parsley leaves
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Place all of the dressing ingredients into a container, cover, and shake to emulsify.
  2. Slice the bottom and top of the blood orange and then cut away the peel and pith.
  3. Cut the slices of fruit away from the membrane and drop the slices into a large bowl.
  4. Do the same with the orange, tangerines, or tangelo.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients, the dressing, and the salt and pepper, and toss together.
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  1. That salad looks so good I bet it was nice and fresh.

  2. Gorgeous colors here - love blood oranges, as they remind me of my first trip to Italy when I was a college student studying in France.

    1. I had never known about them until recently! How lucky were you!!!

  3. Excellent! Is this salad a bitter salad Karen?

  4. Gosh, look at that salad color!!!
    i'm feeling healthier already just by reading this post!!!

  5. Oh, what a beautiful salad! Such great colors and textures. I love blood oranges, but it never occurred to me to throw one in a salad (silly me).

  6. I'm not sure if I can still get blood oranges around here but I hope so, this sounds like the perfect way to kick winter to the curb,

    1. Thanks! I'm sure it would be good with "regular" oranges.

  7. This salad is gorgeous! I love those flavors all together and omg that dressing! It sounds amazing!

  8. I am with you on the blood orange love... they are so amazing, and I love the fact that you never know exactly how red they will be inside. Each seems so unique, and with amazing flavor!

    They pair perfectly with avocados, in my opinion. IN fact, yesterday we had turkey chili and topped with a simple mix of avocados and blood oranges... so so good

    your salad is simply perfect!

    1. That sounds delicious! How clever to use them on chili!

  9. Such great flavors! Blood oranges are a favorite of mine!

  10. I'm all about the salads lately...add in blood oranges and I'm so ready to gobble this one up!

  11. I'm in love with this salad. So light yet bursting with lovely winter/spring citrus.

  12. This is such a beautiful salad. I love the citrus you have in there.


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