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Blood Orange Hazelnut Kale Salad (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Sharon Palmer

With their bright red infusion of color, blood oranges are one of nature’s prettiest seasonal fruits. Filled with sweet-tart flavor, as well as vitamin C, anthocyanin compounds, and fiber, blood oranges are potent in health benefits, offering a powerful dose of protection against oxidative stress and inflammation. My favorite way to enjoy these colorful citrus fruits is au naturel—just peel them and pop them in your mouth. However, they are also beautiful in simple, plant-forward dishes, like this easy Blood Orange Hazelnut Kale Salad. 

Blood Orange Hazelnut Kale Salad -- Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN

Paired with pungent kale leaves, toasted hazelnuts, and a cumin-cilantro vinaigrette, this Blood Orange Hazelnut Kale Salad is one of my favorite go-tos in the cooler months when citrus fruits become more available.

Blood Orange Hazelnut Kale Salad -- Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN

I get blood oranges at my local farmers market, plus I planted my own blood orange tree in my organic garden. You can also find these fruits at many markets when they are in season.

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Blood Orange Hazelnut Kale Salad (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Blood oranges provide a burst of color, nutrition, and flavor in this delicious seasonal Blood Orange Hazelnut Kale Salad.



Cumin Cilantro Vinaigrette: 


  • 1 bunch fresh kale, chopped
  • 3 small blood oranges, peeled, sliced horizontally into circles
  • ¼ cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped


  1. To make Cumin Cilantro Vinaigrette, mix together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, paprika, and cilantro in a small dish.
  2. Place kale in a large salad bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, paprika, and cilantro.
  4. Pour vinaigrette over kale and massage into leaves with clean hands for 1 – 2 minutes.
  5. Arrange blood oranges over kale. Sprinkle with hazelnuts.
  6. Serve immediately.
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 77
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 10 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Keywords: healthy salad, vegan salad, blood orange, blood orange salad

For other plant-based salads, check out some of my favorites:

Cool Mint Cauliflower Salad
Snow Pea Carrot Salad with Mint Green Tea Vinaigrette
Pomegranate Avocado Quinoa Salad

Blood Orange Hazelnut Kale Salad -- Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN

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