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.
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.
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.