Blood oranges stand out as one of the most striking fruits of the season, captivating with their deep red flesh and uniquely sweet-tart flavor profile. They’re not just a feast for the eyes; their versatility in the kitchen makes them a winter favorite. In this collection of 17 recipes, we showcase how blood oranges can transform any dish, from warm, inviting breads to crisp, refreshing cocktails.

A glass of blood orange juice with a slice of orange.
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Carrot Citrus Salad

Carrot citrus salad on a metal platter with spoon.
Carrot Citrus Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This carrot citrus salad is a real winter treat. Tossed with roasted carrots and Meyer lemons, it’s the blood oranges that really make it pop. Perfect alongside your favorite poultry dish, it’s like a little burst of sunshine on a plate during the chilly season.
Get the Recipe: Carrot Citrus Salad

Sheet Pan Cornish Game Hens

Cornish game hens on a baking sheet with vegetables.
Sheet Pan Cornish Game Hens. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Making dinner doesn’t get easier than this sheet pan Cornish game hens recipe. Throw in some blood oranges, rhubarb, fennel, and potatoes, and you’ve got yourself a no-fuss, all-in-one meal that’s perfect for any winter night. The blood oranges add that special zing that’ll have everyone asking for seconds.
Get the Recipe: Sheet Pan Cornish Game Hens

Shaved Asparagus Blood Orange Salad

Shaved Asparagus Blood Orange Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Shake up your salad game with this shaved asparagus and blood orange combo. It’s fresh, it’s crunchy, and it’s oh-so-flavorful, thanks to those juicy blood oranges. It’s the kind of light and tasty dish you need to break up those hearty winter meals.
Get the Recipe: Shaved Asparagus Blood Orange Salad

Chocolate Glazed Blood Orange Donuts

Chocolate Glazed Blood Orange Donuts. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Who says you can’t have donuts in winter? These chocolate glazed blood orange donuts are the bomb – baked, filled with cream cheese, and totally irresistible. The blood orange twist is what makes them stand out. Perfect for those lazy, snowy mornings or just when you need a sweet pick-me-up.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Glazed Blood Orange Donuts

Blood Orange Chia Pudding Parfaits

Blood Orange Chia Pudding Parfaits. Photo credit: Delish Knowledge.

Prep these blood orange chia pudding parfaits the night before, and you’re all set for a zingy breakfast. Layered with blood orange chia jelly and vanilla yogurt, they’re a refreshing way to start a winter day. It’s like grabbing a piece of sunshine in a jar – bright, cheerful, and super tasty.
Get the Recipe: Blood Orange Chia Pudding Parfaits

Blood Orange Quick Bread

Blood Orange Quick Bread. Photo credit: Strength & Sunshine.

Quick breads are awesome, and this blood orange version is a winter winner. It’s got a unique tang from the blood oranges that’s just perfect with a hot cup of tea. Plus, it’s vegan and gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy a slice (or two!). It’s like a cozy hug in bread form, really.
Get the Recipe: Blood Orange Quick Bread

Blood Orange Upside Down Cake

Blood Orange Upside Down Cake. Photo credit: The Forked Spoon.

Ever tried a blood orange upside down cake? It’s a total game-changer. Super easy to whip up, and in just 10 minutes, you’ve got a cake that’s not just a treat for your taste buds but a feast for your eyes too. Winter baking just got a whole lot more exciting!
Get the Recipe: Blood Orange Upside Down Cake

Moroccan Blood Orange & Black Olive Salad

Moroccan Blood Orange & Black Olive Salad. Photo credit: Cook. Eat. World..

This Moroccan blood orange and black olive salad is a color explosion! It’s got that sweet and savory mix that’ll jazz up any meal. Perfect for when you want to add a little wow-factor to your winter dining table. It’s as tasty as it is pretty.
Get the Recipe: Moroccan Blood Orange & Black Olive Salad

Blood Orange Meringue Bars

Blood Orange Meringue Bars. Photo credit: Roaming Taste.

These blood orange meringue bars are like little slices of heaven. With a buttery crust, tangy blood orange curd, and fluffy meringue on top, they’re a must-try dessert this winter. It’s all the goodness of blood oranges in a bar.
Get the Recipe: Blood Orange Meringue Bars

Blood Orange Sour Cream Cakes

Blood Orange Sour Cream Cakes. Photo credit: Vintage Kitchen.

Treat yourself to these blood orange sour cream cakes. Moist, flavorful, and just the right size for a sweet snack. The blood orange glaze on top? Chef’s kiss! They’re easy, they’re adorable, and they scream winter comfort.
Get the Recipe: Blood Orange Sour Cream Cakes

Blood Orange Shaker Tart

Blood Orange Shaker Tart. Photo credit: In Fine Taste.

This blood orange shaker tart is the perfect mix of sweet, tart, and buttery. With blood orange slices and smooth curd in a crisp crust, it’s surprisingly easy to make. It looks fancy, tastes incredible, and is a winter dessert showstopper.
Get the Recipe: Blood Orange Shaker Tart

Blood Orange Juice Bread

Blood Orange Juice Bread. Photo credit: JCP Eats.

Nothing beats homemade bread, especially this blood orange juice bread. Soft, moist, and with a hint of citrusy goodness, it’s a winter treat that goes great with your morning coffee or as an afternoon snack. It’s winter comfort food at its best.
Get the Recipe: Blood Orange Juice Bread

Blood Orange Whisky Sour

Blood Orange Whisky Sour. Photo credit: The Littlest Crumb.

Mix up your winter evenings with this easy blood orange whiskey sour. It’s got a perfect balance of citrus and bourbon, making it a refreshing yet warming drink. It’s the kind of cocktail that’ll make your winter nights a bit more special.
Get the Recipe: Blood Orange Whisky Sour

Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake. Photo credit: Something Sweet Something Savory.

Here’s a simple yet stunning dessert: blood orange olive oil cake. Easy to make and so pretty to look at, it’s perfect for brightening up those gloomy winter days. It’s got a lovely citrus flavor that’ll make you want a second slice.
Get the Recipe: Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

Blood Orange Honey Old Fashioned

Blood Orange Honey Old Fashioned. Photo credit: Love From The Table.

For a twist on a classic, try this blood orange honey old fashioned. It’s easy to make, looks gorgeous, and has a unique flavor that’ll definitely impress. Perfect for sipping on a cold winter evening.
Get the Recipe: Blood Orange Honey Old Fashioned

Blood Orange Margarita

Blood Orange Margarita. Photo credit: Garlic & Zest.

Brighten up your winter with this refreshing blood orange margarita. It’s the perfect blend of citrusy, sweet, and tangy. Not too boozy, just right for a relaxing evening or a get-together. The color alone will have you thinking of sunny days.
Get the Recipe: Blood Orange Margarita

Blood Orange Moscow Mule

Blood Orange Moscow Mule. Photo credit: Cupcakes & Cutlery.

This blood orange Moscow mule is a winter favorite. With fresh blood orange juice, vodka, and ginger beer, it’s full of bright flavor and gorgeous color. Ready in just 5 minutes, it’s the perfect drink to lift your spirits on a chilly day.
Get the Recipe: Blood Orange Moscow Mule

Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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