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Overhead photo of Winter Citrus Salad with avocado, cucumbers and mint on a large white platter with a pale purple linen and ramekins of honey citrus vinaigrette and crispy chickpeas surrounding the platter.
Winter Citrus Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
This stunning Winter Citrus Salad is quick, easy and comes together in less than 15 minutes! Finished with a Honey Citrus Vinaigrette, it’s the perfect refreshing side or light dinner!
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blood orange, citrus, Easy, Healthy, honey, Oranges, salad, vinaigrette, Winter
Servings: 4
Calories: 389 kcal
Ingredients
Salad:
  • 1 large head Bibb Lettuce (Little Gem, Boston or Living Lettuce) – leaves separated
  • 1 Blood Orange – peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 Cara Cara Orange – peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 Mandarin Orange – peeled and cut into segments
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 small Shallot – thinly sliced
  • ½ Seedless Cucumber – thinly sliced
  • Handful Fresh Mint or Parsley - torn
  • ½ Cup Pomegranate Arils
  • 1/3 Cup Walnuts – toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1 Cup Honey Roasted Chickpeas
Dressing:
  • 2 TBS Orange Juice
  • 1 TBS Lime Juice
  • 1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 TBS Honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 small clove Garlic – minced or pressed
  • Kosher Salt & Black Pepper
  • 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Make the dressing: In a small bowl or jar, whisk or shake together the orange juice, lime juice, vinegar, honey, Dijon and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. While whisking, stream in the olive oil. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper and adjust for sweetness with more honey if desired. (Dressing will keep in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for a week.)
  2. Assemble the salad: Layer lettuce with oranges, avocado, shallots, cucumber and fresh herbs. Sprinkle with pomegranate, walnuts and crispy chickpeas.
  3. To serve: Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  1. If you want to save time and make this citrus salad quick and easy, you can use plain (un-crisped) chickpeas.  Simply rinse and drain the chickpeas then add them to the salad as is.
  2. If you aren’t a fan of chickpeas, you can substitute rotisserie chicken or salmon for the chickpeas!  Or, if you are looking for a protein boost, feel free to use both chickpeas and chicken or salmon!
  3. Make sure you remove as much of the white pith around the oranges as possible to avoid any bitter taste.
  4. To supreme citrus (or cut into segments):

·        Trim ends.  Set citrus on clean work surface and trim off the ends with a sharp knife.

·        Remove peel.  Following the shape of the citrus’s sphere, slice off the peel and pith in long sections.

·        Slice into segments.  Set the fruit on its side and use a sharp knife to cut towards the center, along the membrane.  Next, slice along the adjacent membrane until the cuts meet to release the segment. 

*Nutritional information includes dressing, but does not include crispy chickpeas.

Nutrition Facts
Winter Citrus Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 619mg18%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1715IU34%
Vitamin C 44.1mg53%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.