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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 41g 63%
  • Carbs 29g 10%
  • Saturated 6g 28%
  • Fiber 6g 24%
  • Sugars 22g
  • Monounsaturated 30g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 4g 8%
  • Sodium 157mg 7%
  • Calcium 129mg 13%
  • Magnesium 40mg 10%
  • Potassium 713mg 20%
  • Iron 2mg 13%
  • Zinc 0mg 3%
  • Phosphorus 77mg 11%
  • Vitamin A 250µg 28%
  • Vitamin C 111mg 185%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 17%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 10%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 12%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 160µg 40%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 32%
  • Vitamin K 165µg 207%
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