Spring Recipe: Sunshine Salad With Orange Marmalade Vinaigrette

I don’t know about you, but now that it’s officially Spring, I’m suddenly craving lighter and brighter flavors! Goodbye root veggies and roasting pans, hello fresh and raw veggies from the garden!

To celebrate the changing seasons, I’ve got a salad recipe for you that will knock your socks off. This is not your average garden salad, this one’s got a little sunshine mixed in! It’s packed with incredible flavor, texture and an easy-to-make orange marmalade vinaigrette. Each salad clocks in at seven grams of protein thanks to tasty sprouted lentils and earthy walnut pieces. Is your mouth watering yet?


Sunshine Salad


  • 1 romaine heart, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 clementine, peeled and segmented
  • 1/4 cup thinly-sliced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sprouted lentils

Orange Marmalade Vinaigrette


  • 1 teaspoon orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


In a large bowl, layer the romaine pieces with the clementine segments, red onion, walnuts and lentils. In a small jar with a tight-fitting lid or a small bowl, combine the marmalade, vinegar, olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Close the jar and shake until well-combined or whisk in bowl until well-combined. Pour over salad and toss to coat.

Nutrition Info
Serving Size: about 3 cups of salad. Servings per recipe: 1.
Nutrition per serving: 282 calories, 19g fat (2g sat, 5.3g mono, 10.9g poly), 26g carbs (4.4g fiber, 13.7g sugars), 7g protein

Related Resources:
How to Sprout Lentils
Nutritional Stats for Clementines
Guide to Healthy Fats

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Cassie Johnston is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer living and working in Southern Indiana. Her work has been feature in national publications such as Gourmet Magazine and The Huffington Post. Cassie’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, cheese, watching sports, Brussels sprouts, and craft beer, and she’ll talk your ear off about her love of local food and seasonal eating. She’s obsessed with social media and loves connecting with new friends!