Blood Orange and Spinach Salad with Toasted Walnuts


There are so many reasons to seek a healthy lifestyle, to obtain balanced energy, to feel good, to look good, and to enhance your quality of life. Being healthy and eating right will boost your ability to control your weight. On top of which, studies show that there is a correlation between eating healthily, being active, and having an improved mood. You will have more energy to do the things you love. You will be able to combat diseases more easily. Additionally, combined with exercise, you will be able to live a longer life. Essentially, you are what you eat. Wouldn’t you want to be a luscious, succulent fruit that will give you energy over a greasy hamburger that will slow you down? I’ll pick the fruit and the balanced meal that goes along with it every day. We think that you should too! Here is a great recipe to get you started on living a more healthy lifestyle!

Ingredients:

1 shallot, minced
3 blood oranges or navel oranges, peeled and sectioned, 2 tablespoons juice reserved
1 ½ tablespoons of cider vinegar
1 ½ teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon of black pepper
1 (5 – ounce) container of baby spinach
1/3 cup of cherry-flavored dried cranberries
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons of crumbled, reduced-fat blue cheese
¼ cup of walnuts, toasted and chopped

Directions:

  1. To make dressing, whisk together the shallot, reserved orange juice, the vinegar oil, mustard, salt, and pepper in small bowl until it’s all blended together.
  2. Combine the spinach, orange segments, and dried cranberries in a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss it until it is coated evenly. Then, divide the salad among 6 plates and sprinkle it evenly with blue cheese and walnuts.