32 Blood Orange Recipes to Make While They’re in Season

You’re craving something citrus-y. You could eat a regular old orange…or you could spring for a blood orange instead. Considering that the pretty fruit is officially in season, why wouldn’t you? Its flavor is subtly sweet with hints of bitter, tart grapefruit and juicy raspberries. Here are 32 blood orange recipes to try this winter that put its unique taste on display.

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1. Baked Feta With Dill, Caper Berries And Citrus

Baked feta has been in our arsenal long before it started trending on TikTok. Here, it's paired with bright citrus, briny olives and caper berries and fresh herbs.

2. Citrus, Fennel And Avocado Salad

Sharp fennel + peppery arugula + buttery avocado + juicy blood oranges and grapefruit = the most well-rounded winter salad of all time. Top it with slivered almonds, sunflower seeds or pistachios for extra crunch.

3. Orange And Chocolate Brioche Tarts

A brioche base stands in for traditional pie crust to make these stunningly unconventional tarts. In addition to deep-colored blood oranges, use Cara Cara oranges or mandarins for their extra sweet flavor.

4. Broiled Citrus Ricotta Toast

We wish we looked half as good as this breakfast first thing in the morning. Don't worry about buying a fancy blowtorch to pull it off: Simply pop the honey-coated fruit in the broiler until it begins to caramelize.

5. Seared Scallops With Citrus-shallot Salad

You can use any type of orange you'd like for this seafood recipe. Whatever you do, be sure to thoroughly pat the scallops dry before searing them, so they get a drool-worthy outer crust.

6. Mixed Citrus And California Avocado Salad With Poppyseed Dressing

Clementines, grapefruits and blood oranges will all taste equally divine drizzled in creamy coconut-lemon dressing.

7. Blood Orange Eton Mess

This old-school British dessert stars light-as-air meringue and whipped cream. Instead of traditional strawberries, we drench the crisp cookies in homemade blood orange curd.

8. Roasted Beet And Citrus Salad

When the weather is dreary and gray, this winter gem is sure to bring some vibrancy to your table. Think bright pink and gold beets, crimson blood oranges and verdant arugula.

9. Blood Orange-mint Gin Fizz

These sippers scream Christmas Eve cocktail hour. We're partial to pairing the three-ingredient syrup with gin and prosecco, but it'd also taste great with vodka or plain seltzer.

10. Citrus Shortcake

Think of this shortcake as a massive dessert biscuit blanketed in fresh whipped cream. Keep the citrus fruit separate until you're about to serve your guests so the whipped cream stays in tip-top shape.

11. Winter Citrus And Pomegranate Salad

When in doubt, a flourish of pomegranate arils always makes a dish look better. (Not to mention a drizzle of orange-Dijon dressing, fresh citrus, chopped hazelnuts and shaved Parmesan cheese.)

12. 3-ingredient Blood Orange Granita

It's only three ingredients and 15 minutes away. Save even more time by using store-bought blood orange juice instead of freshly squeezed.

13. Ombré Citrus Upside-down Cake

We can hear your guests' oohs and aahs already. Using a range of lemons and oranges makes for the most Insta-worthy dessert of all time.

14. Sheet Pan Cuban Chicken With Citrus Avocado Salsa

Healthy and effortless—our two favorite things. Can you believe it'll be on the table in less than an hour?

15. Citrus Avocado Salad

The tastiest way to load up on vitamin C. (Thanks, Gaby Dalkin.)

16. Blood Orange And Beet Buddha Bowl

Proof that this fruit can play the savory game, courtesy of Jerrelle Guy. The pièce de résistance? Blood orange-shallot vinaigrette.

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17. Blood Orange Green Smoothie

Looks like spinach…but it doesn’t taste like it. Shoutout to banana, pineapple and coconut milk for sweetening this smoothie up.

18. Citrus Seared Scallops

Some nights call for fresh and simple, yet still a little fancy. And this olive oil-kissed dinner is just the ticket.

19. Tropical Winter Fruit Salad With Caramelized Cashews And Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Behold: a salad for all seasons. Winter and summer collide in this mélange of mangoes, kiwis, bananas, blood oranges, pears and apples.

20. Blood Orange Thyme Paloma Cocktail

This calls for a toast. (Thanks, Aida Mollenkamp.) The recipe calls on blood orange soda and fresh lime juice instead of standard grapefruit juice.

21. Immune Boosting Winter Citrus Smoothie

Crush cold-weather sniffles in their tracks with this powerhouse blend of turmeric, ginger and orange.

22. Blood Orange, Fennel And Avocado Salad With Lemon Citronette

Creamy, crunchy and totally irresistible. (BTW, citronette is a fancy word for a dressing that uses citrus juice for acidity instead of vinegar.)

23. Blood Orange And Beet Salad Over Honeyed Yogurt

Beets for breakfast? You bet. We'll take extra poppy seeds and honey on ours, please.

24. Winter Citrus Butter Salmon

Winter blues, be gone. Between the herb butter and citrus salsa, this salmon dish is bound to become one of your weeknight regulars.

25. Blood Orange Cold Brew Iced Coffee

If Coterie member Jesse Reilly says it’s good, we believe it. Feel free to repurpose the two-ingredient blood orange syrup in cocktails.

26. Massaged Winter Brussels Sprout Salad

Jerrelle Guy knows the key to our heart: crisp Brussels sprouts, ultra-sweet roasted grapes and brown sugar-balsamic dressing.

27. Blood Orange Yogurt Cake

Not only is there fresh blood orange juice in the batter, but it's also the key to the sweet-and-sour icing on top.

28. Blood Orange Avocado Quinoa And Kale Salad

It tastes even better the next day, so go ahead and make a double batch of the blood orange vinaigrette.

29. Endive, Radicchio And Citrus Salad With Bacon Vinaigrette

A showstopper if we’ve ever seen one, courtesy of Katie Workman.

30. Chili Lime Shrimp And Quinoa Salad

The more citrus, the merrier. We have a feeling your coworkers will be super jealous of this simple, nutritious lunch. (Thanks, Carlene Thomas.)

31. Slow-roasted Citrus Salmon With Fennel And Parmesan

A more colorful bowl does not exist. Your new favorite dinner is loaded with salty grated Parm, fresh dill and tender egg noodles.

32. Blood Orange Frozen Yogurt

We don't care how cold is it outside—we're always down to indulge in a scoop or two of this sweet-tart delight.

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Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...