Salad of Mâche, Blood Orange, and Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Mache salad
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For the dressing:

  • Zest of 1 blood orange
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons blood orange juice
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1-2 turns of freshly ground black pepper

For the salad:

  • 4-6 cups fresh mâche, also known as lamb’s lettuce
  • 2 blood oranges, segmented and any pits removed
  • Ricotta salata, for garnish

In winter months, I love to use all the fresh citrus fruits available in the market. Blood orange is a favorite of mine for their nice acidity and dramatic color. The ricotta salata adds a great saltiness that helps balance out the blood orange and Balsamic.

Pairs well with a light, crisp white, like Sancerre or Pinot Grigio.

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For the dressing:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, gently whisking to combine.

For the salad:

Place the greens in a large bowl. Drizzle vinaigrette around the edge, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it’s dressed to your taste. Gently toss with your hands, taking care to not over-dress or crush the leaves.

Grate ricotta salata on top, and garnish with blood orange segments.


Calories per serving:

484 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 82g 126%
  • Carbs 58g 19%
  • Saturated 11g 57%
  • Fiber 12g 48%
  • Sugars 44g
  • Monounsaturated 59g
  • Polyunsaturated 9g
  • Protein 8g 15%
  • Sodium 314mg 13%
  • Calcium 259mg 26%
  • Magnesium 81mg 20%
  • Potassium 1,426mg 41%
  • Iron 5mg 25%
  • Zinc 1mg 6%
  • Phosphorus 154mg 22%
  • Vitamin A 500µg 56%
  • Vitamin C 222mg 369%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 34%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 19%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 11%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 23%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 321µg 80%
  • Vitamin E 13mg 64%
  • Vitamin K 331µg 414%
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