Orange, Avocado and Arugula Salad
Orange Avocado and Arugula Salad- topped with pistachios, pumpkin seeds and radishes, this winter salad is bursting with flavor and packed full of vitamin C! (vegan + gluten-free)
It’s been almost three months since I’ve shared a salad recipe with you guys so I figured we were due for a big bowl of fresh greens.
I’m often guilty of getting stuck in a salad rut and end-up eating the same combo multiple nights a week. But when I saw Liz’s Avocado Orange Salad, I knew it was time for a change. The bright flavors of citrus paired with creamy avocado sounded like a match made in foodie heaven.
We’ve had it at least 5 times over the past couple of weeks and it’s definitely vying to replace our old standby.
I’ve found that my favorite way to make it is with fresh baby spinach, slightly spicy arugula, crunchy radishes, pumpkin seeds and sprouted almonds. Then for a quick dressing, I top it off with a mix of Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. So easy and soooooo good.
If you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s, I have a recipe for an orange vinaigrette that you could try instead.
Or you could even just top it with a little olive oil and a small squeeze of orange juice. Honestly, the ingredients of the salad are refreshing and flavorful enough on their own that you don’t need a fancy dressing to enjoy it.
Be sure to give this one a try before citrus season ends! Whether you use blood oranges or regular, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Orange, Avocado and Arugula Salad
Yield: 4 small salads
Prep Time: 10
Total Time: 10
- 5 ounces arugula
- 5 ounces baby spinach
- 4 small oranges (or 2 large)
- 1 avocado, pitted
- 8 radishes, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 4 tablespoons orange flavored vinegar*
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Divide baby spinach and arugula between 4 separate plates. Peel, core and chop oranges and avocadoes then place on top of each salad along with the sliced radishes. Sprinkle each salad with pumpkin seeds and almonds then set aside.
In a small bowl, combine orange vinegar and olive oil and whisk together. Lightly pour on top of the salads, serve immediately and enjoy!
*If you can’t find orange flavored vinegar, combine 2 tablespoons orange juice with 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar instead.
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Nutrition Facts are for one salad
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It was a cake and spring roll-filled weekend, so I’ll take all the greens I can get! I love the combo of citrus and avocado and that arugula looks amazing. I’ll have to stop by TJ’s and snag me some champagne vinegar!
That’s such a pretty salad! I love the parmesan ranch dressing from TJs. I’ve seen that orange one, but never bought it. I think I need to try more of their dressings!
What a beautiful salad!! YUM! I live near T.J’s and I love it! …def need to checkout that orange vinaigrette!! Great recipe as usual!
Yummy! I’ll have to try that dressing combo. Nice work, Sarah! :)
I so so love seeing salad recipes – seeing its so dreary outside, citrusy salad like this helps me pretend its summer! :)
Citrus is amazing in salads! Although I have to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of arugula. I buy those mixed baby green salads sometimes and I can’t help but cringe a little whenever I bite into a spicy arugula leaf. I guess I just have pretty simple tastes :)
You know, I was never a fan of arugula before either! But for some reason it just works really well with the orange. Plus the spinach helps balance it out. You miiiiiigggghht like it if you try it. :)
I saw Whole Foods had blood oranges on sale yesteday. I should have bought some to throw into my salads! The colors in this salad are beautiful! Okay, what are sprouted almonds??
They’re just almonds that are soaked and then sprouted so that the nutrients can be better absorbed by our digestive tracks. You can sprout them yourself but I buy them already sprouted from Whole Foods. :)
What a gorgeous salad! Fresh, light and full of color!
I love how light, healthy & nourishing this orange, avocado and arugala salad is. I must get my hands on some orange vinegar too!
THAT VINEGAR! Either my TJ’s doesn’t have it or I’ve just never noticed–it sounds delicious. Actually, all of the flavors in this salad sound delicious. Pinning!
I’m so glad the weather is finally getting warmer because I’ve been eating salads all winter, but now I can finally share them! This one looks so good! I love putting avocado in salads and that dressing sounds so good! I try to avoid Trader Joes because I always buy way too many snacks but I think I need to venture out and buy that salad dressing!
I know, Trader Joe’s can be dangerous place! :)
Such a colorful salad! I just had a salad for dinner actually. I love almonds in salad but have kind of gotten out of the habit of throwing them in my salads for some reason… thanks for the reminder to do so!
You’re right that it’s easy to get stuck in salad ruts, so thanks for some inspiration! I love oranges and avocados together and really like your idea of adding pumpkin seeds for some nice crunch. I’ve seen that dressing before at Trader Joe’s, but haven’t tried it yet – now I know how to use it!
Do you sprout your own almonds?
No, but I want to someday! :)
This salad is so beautiful and looks delicious! That vinegar from TJ’s is my absolute favorite. I’ll have to try this out soon!
Ooooo I need to get my hands on that champagne vinegar! I don’t know how I’ve never noticed that before at Trader Joes! This salad sounds fantastic! Love the avocado / citrus combo!
I’ve heard such great things about that vinegar! Love all the nuttiness going on here. Oranges are rocking my socks off these days!
I love salad recipes. Yours looks so flavourful. I love the oranges and the avocado in there. Pinned!
Blood oranges <3 This looks like the perfect salad to welcome Spring. YUM!
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I still remember the first time I saw oranges in a salad, I couldn’t believe my eyes (I thought it was a weird thing to eat). I was a teenager on holiday. Now I love the idea, blood oranges enhance the taste of any salad.
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