Fresh Citrus Salad with Orange Honey Vinaigrette

I love fresh citrus salad. There’s something so satisfying about sweet juicy citrus on a bed of dark leafy greens drizzled lightly with a sweet yet tangy orange honey vinaigrette and little morsels of tangy feta, crunchy pepitas and sweet cranberries. If that sounds appealing to you – you’ll love this recipe!

citrus salad on plate
Citrus salad with cara cara and navel oranges with pepita, dried cranberries, feta and fresh herbs.

Also Read: How to Segment Citrus Fruit, Five Varieties of Citrus and When They’re in Season, 7 Creamy Salad Dressings You’ll Love

Salads like this are too pretty to just toss in a bowl and have everything sink to the bottom. To showcase all stunning flavourful and colourful ingredients, I prefer arranging salads like this on a large plate, shallow bowl or platter. If you’re really ambitious, you could even make individual plates.

Start with a layer of dark leafy greens tossed with red cabbage for an added punch of colour and nutrients. Then toss on the segmented oranges and then sprinkle on the remaining toppings finishing with the fresh herbs.

And most important – don’t add the dressing until ready to serve. Better yet, serve the dressing on the side and let each guest add their own. This way, they’ll get to add as much or as little as they want and, if there’s any leftover salad, it will keep in the fridge.

citrus salad on plate
Layer, don’t toss this salad for the most stunning presentation.
citrus salad on plate
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Fresh Citrus Salad with Orange Honey Vinaigrette

A delicious, colorful salad that's great as a side dish or as a satisfying lunch. Use different colored oranges for visual interest and taste sensations.
Prep : 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 cups dark greens (eg. spinach, kale, chard)
  • 1 navel orange
  • 1 Cara Cara orange
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red cabbage (optional)
  • 1/2 cup toasted pepitas
  • 1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries or cherries
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh green onions, chives or dill
  • Orange Honey Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup Canola Oil
  • 1 Tbsp cranberry orange infused vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Orange Juice Concentrate
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Prepare oranges. Slice top and bottom of oranges. Place on cutting board and run a sharp knife between the peel and the flesh of the orange from the top to the bottom all around the orange to remove the peel and white pith. Cut in half lengthwise. Remove white core. Place flat side down on cutting board and cut into even slices. Leave as half slices or cut into smaller pieces as desired. For more details watch this video on
    How to Peel and Segment Citrus Fruit
    5.   Servevinaigrette on side to allow everyone to choose how much dressing they preferand to be able to save any leftovers.
  • On a large plate, shallow bowl or platter, spread green leafy mix and toss in red cabbage if using.
  • Layer on remaining ingredients in an attractive display finishing with fresh herbs.
  • Make vinaigrette by pouring all ingredients in a screw top jar and shaking vigorously.
  • Serve vinaigrette on side.

Notes

Any extra dressing can be stored in the fridge for 7 days. Extra, undressed salad will last 2-3 days in fridge wrapped in plastic wrap.
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Course: Salad

Reach for dark leafy greens whenever you can to get the biggest bang for your health conscious buck. My research into foods for brain health confirms that one serving of dark leafy greens is ideal and is certainly recommended in Canada’s Food Guide as well. And, did you know eating foods high in Vitamin C – think oranges, with dark leafy greens helps us absorb the iron and calcium in those greens? Yup it’s true – dark greens and oranges don’t just look good together – they’re a powerful nutrient rich combo.

citrus salad on plate with blood oranges
This time, I had a mix of arugula, chard and spinach with blood oranges and cara cara oranges.

 

Other Stunning Citrus Salads

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This orange and mint salad could be served on a bed of greens – but we love it just as is.

These are all stunning and delicious salads made with fresh oranges.

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Adding whole grains like wheatberries in this Orange and Wheatberry Salad makes for a filling meal.

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