Watercress and Blood Orange Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

www.cookinglight.comIt’s that season again!! One of my favorite times of the year…blood oranges are in abundance!! I love these oranges! I don’t know if it’s their gorgeous color, how unbelievably juicy they are, or if it’s because most of them are grown in Italy! (I have a small obsession with Italy!)  🙂

Blood oranges are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and calcium which is necessary for strong, healthy teeth and bones. Blood oranges are also an anti-inflammatory, helping to prevent cancer, diabetes, and bacterial infections.

Here’s my recipe for one of my favorite things to eat!! I usually eat the whole thing without sharing! 🙂


  • 2 bunches of watercress
  • 2 blood oranges
  • 2 Tbs of pine nuts
  • 1/2 avocado sliced


  • 1 shallot- minced
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • a handful of fresh basil-finely chopped
  • 1/4 C of avocado oil
  • pinch of gourmet sea salt
  • pinch of fresh ground pepper


  • To prepare oranges, cut off both ends, and cut between the peel and the orange to remove peel and pith completely. Cut oranges crosswise into 1⁄4-inch slices, place in bowl and set aside.
  • Arrange watercress in a large bowl and top with sliced avocado, oranges, and pine nuts. In small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, avocado oil, shallot, basil leaves, salt, and pepper. Pour any remaining juice from oranges into the vinaigrette bowl. Whisk to combine and drizzle it on!!
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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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