Cara Cara Orange Blackberry Salad

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Cara Cara Orange Blackberry Salad

If you have never tried Cara Cara oranges, you should run to the stores right now. They are the juiciest and sweetest oranges I have ever tasted. It was love at first sight when I cut into these beauties. Their flesh is a pinkish salmon color and they are seedless too! Combining them with blackberries and baby greens was a no-brainer. The contrasting colors further enhanced their gorgeous color. Served with homemade Orange Poppy Seed Vinaigrette, this delightful Cara Cara Orange Blackberry Salad is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

According to this source, Cara Cara oranges are in season from December through April. It is no wonder you do not see them as the summer progresses. Fortunately, they are still available in my neck of the woods although it is now early May. They do cost a bit more but they are worth trying. I will definitely be buying a few more before the season ends.

Cara Cara Orange Blackberry Salad

One of our favorite dressings for a fruit salad is poppy seed dressing. I used freshly squeezed orange juice in place of vinegar for this homemade dressing. You can use any kind of oranges for this purpose. I added some cider vinegar and honey to round off the taste. The honey may be adjusted or omitted depending on the sweetness of the orange juice used.

Orange Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Be sure to give the dressing a good shake before drizzling over the salad as the temporary emulsion will settle and separate into layers. It is interesting that the poppy seeds formed the second layer separating the oil and the juice. I think it is actually quite pretty. :)

Orange Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Cara Cara Orange Blackberry Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Cara Cara Orange Blackberry Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Vinaigrette


  • 2 Cara Cara oranges
  • 5 oz (140g) baby spring mix
  • 6 oz (170g) blackberries
  • ½ cup (50g) toasted walnut halves
  • Orange Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
  • ½ cup (120ml) freshly squeezed juice from 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil


Using a sharp knife, carefully slice off the skin from the oranges. Cut each orange into ¼-inch thick slices.

Divide baby spring mix evenly between 4 salad plates. Place 4 to 5 slices of oranges, a few blackberries, and some walnuts on top of the spring mix on each plate.

Combine all vinaigrette ingredients in an empty bottle. Put on the lid and give it a good shake until everything is well mixed. Drizzle over fruits and vegetables.

Serve immediately.


Any leftover vinaigrette should be used within 3 to 4 days.

Cara Cara Orange Blackberry Salad

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)


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11 Responses

  1. Janine says:

    I’m not sure if we can get cara oranges here but the vinaigrette is definitely something I want to try soon!

  2. Jeannie says:

    Definitely no cara-cara oranges here, or even black berries, and even if there are, they will be too expensive lol! Nice photos! Will pin this for the vinaigrette, sounds too good to pass it up!

    • Biren says:

      Thanks for pinning, Jeannie! The vinaigrette can be made using whatever oranges you can find in KL. Just adjust the salt and honey according to the acidity of the oranges. I hope you enjoy it.

  3. Jeanne says:

    I’ve never heard of them but will look out for these cara-cara oranges and give this salade a try though I’ll probably replace the blackberries with something else as I’m not a fan of berries & myrtles. I can’t wait to try the vinaigrette. Thanks Bee!

    • Biren says:

      You are most welcomed, Jeanne! Regular navel oranges mixed with pears will also be delicious. Have fun mixing it up. :)

  4. Ramona says:

    What a lovely and light salad. I adore the dressing.

  5. Simply yum. I definitely gonna try this and put a version of mine in my blog. And surely will link to your post mentioning my inspiration! Keep up the good work!

  1. May 31, 2013

    […] eaten fresh with a sprinkling of sugar and cream or in salads. I recently used them in this lovely Cara Cara Orange Blackberry Salad which I really enjoyed. They contrasted beautifully with the oranges. Blackberries can also be used […]

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