A sweet and tangy holiday salad to lighten up the meal. Great flavor and texture!
Heat oven to 350°F and toast walnuts for 8-10 minutes. Bring orange juice to a boil in a small saucepan, remove from heat, add dried cranberries (if you’re using apple juice-infused cranberries you can omit this soaking step) and soak until softened for about 30 minutes. Drain well, reserving 3 tbsp of the orange juice for the vinaigrette.
Simmer a small amount of water in a small sauté pan and add grated lemon rind. Simmer lemon rind for a couple of minutes and drain. Put lemon rind in a small bowl with the vinegar and orange juice and whisk to blend. Slowly add olive oil in a steady stream and continue whisking to emulsify dressing. Can be prepared one day ahead. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Place oranges in a mixing bowl and drizzle a small amount of the dressing over the oranges and mix. Arrange ¼ of the orange segments on a salad plate in a decorative pattern, leaving room in the center of each plate for the mixed greens. Toss mixed greens and half of the cranberries in the bowl that held the oranges with just enough dressing to coat. Mound greens in the center of each plate leaving the oranges visible. Scatter walnuts and remaining cranberries around the plate.