Simple Citrus Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing

Simple Citrus Salad

In the middle of winter—especially in the Midwest or East coast—it can sometimes feel like we’re bombarded with heavy soups and hearty casseroles. Comforting foods like those all have their place, but I find that around this point each winter, I start to crave some freshness in my diet. Lucky for all of us, it’s citrus season!

Citrus fruit from the Southern U.S. (Texas and Florida, mostly) is available all year ’round in most grocery stores, but the most flavorful, freshest, tastiest citrus is when it’s in season—and that’s from about right after Christmas through early spring. You might not be able to find a decent tomato in the grocery store right now, but you can get some wonderful oranges, clementines, and grapefruits!

This simple salad brings together three citrus season favorites—blood orange, pink grapefruit, and fresh navel oranges. They are segmented (here’s an easy how-to on that) and then drizzled with a honey-lemon dressing that comes together in a flash. Sprinkle some fresh or dried thyme on top for an added interesting flavor and color contrast. Serve and enjoy!

Simple Citrus Salad

Citrus SaladMakes 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 blood orange, segmented
  • 1 pink grapefruit, segmented
  • 1 navel orange, segmented
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme leaves

Directions

  1. Combine the orange and grapefruit segments in a bowl, tossing to mix. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lemon juice, and salt. Drizzle over top of the citrus segments. Finish by sprinkling on the thyme leaves. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Per Serving

250 calories, 0g fat, 62.6g carbs, 4.6g protein—plus 402% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C!

 

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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!