Orange basil salad with honey balsamic vinaigrette is healthy and a welcomed change to run of the mill garden salads. The basil balances out the orange and boots the Romaine lettuce which we know can be a little boring. I enjoy a salad two or three times a week, and this is one of my favorites. This is the perfect dish for somebody who is diet conscious.
Let’s talk about a few tips to making this delightful salad. The leaves used in this recipe are Romaine lettuce, but that’s not a must. You could use arugula or a different leaf if you wish. It will just alter the taste a little bit. You can use your favorite oranges, but mandarins seem to work about the best as they’re the perfect size, texture, and taste. I use about 1/2 a cup of feta cheese, but you can use more or less depending on your taste. If you find the vinaigrette a little on the sweet side, you can cut back on the honey or add a touch more balsamic vinegar. If you want it sweeter, simply add a little more honey. If you want more oranges, go ahead and add them. This salad yields a healthy individual serving, but if you want to feed two or three, simply adjust the recipe accordingly.
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For the Salad:
- 4 — 5 basil leaves, finely chopped
- 4 – 5 large Romaine lettuce leaves
- 1-2 mandarin oranges or any type of oranges
- 1 small red onion, cut into rings and halved
- 1/2 cup of feta cheese
For the Vinaigrette:
- 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp of honey
- 4 tbsp of olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Servings: 2
- Time: 15 minutes
- Level: Easy
- Cuisine: American
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Add the honey, olive oil, salt, and pepper to a small mixing bowl. Mix until it’s nicely combined. Add the Romaine lettuce to a larger bowl. Next, add in the red onions and lay the mandarin oranges over the top. Crumble the feta cheese over the salad and drizzle some vinaigrette over it. Serve and enjoy your Orange Basil Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette.