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Zuzu’s Petals Winter Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Fans of It's a Wonderful Life will love this salad inspired by little Zuzu's famous flower petals.

Prep Time 20 minutes


Orange Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple or agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • petals from 4 large roses washed and torn
  • 4 cups fresh green leaf lettuce shredded
  • 1 medium ripe avocado sliced
  • 1 large gala apple cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/4 cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds


Orange Vinaigrette:

  1. Combine all ingredients for vinaigrette in a jar with tightly fitting lid and shake well. If not using immediately, store in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Shake well before serving.


  1. Toss ingredients together in a large bowl and drizzle with desired amount of orange vinaigrette then pour into a serving dish with salad tongs. Alternatively, for a prettier plate, divide and layer the ingredients between 4 to 6 plates and serve with dressing on the side.