Oh how I sure do love a great salad. I just love the fact that ingredients for salads can easily be switched up to complement the produce that’s in season. Winter Salads are honestly among some of my favorites. The variety of produce that’s available this time of year is such a great selection from kale, beets butternut squash to citrus fruits, pomegranate’s and pears.
I love to using seasonal ingredients in my cooking and baking to take full advantage of all of the great fruits and veggies when they are at their peak. I do however feel that oranges often get overlooked when using them in salads but let me tell you, it brings such a wonderful citrus flavor that pairs so well with other ingredients. Especially when it comes to vinaigrette’s. Oranges and lemons/limes make amazing vinaigrette’s when combined with the right blend of ingredients.
This salad is super simple to put together and takes no time at all. You can easily change it up with different greens, I love using kale and arugula instead of the mixed greens. The best part about this salad is the crunch of the pomegranate and the flavor of the Cara Cara oranges together mixed with the greens for the perfect bite! Now, if you haven’t tried different varieties of oranges, you are missing out! I have always used Naval oranges since I can remember but a few years ago I decided to try some of the other kinds available. And wow! Now I actually almost always use Cara Cara oranges and Blood oranges (which I’ll be featuring here later this week) You can use naval oranges in this recipe but I’d encourage you to try using Cara Cara oranges. And if you are wondering what the difference is, to put it simply Cara Cara oranges are a combination of two different naval oranges and are slightly less acidic. They make this salad taste amazing! It’s also a fantastic salad to take to your next family gathering or really any gathering for that matter. I sure hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!