Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Citrus Salad

Feb. 2010 371

Here’s a bit of springtime on a plate just when thoughts of fitting into last year’s warm weather clothes are beginning to nag at you. After having posted a few too many desserts in a row on the blog, it was time to give my waistline a breather. I was just enchanted by the array of colors when I first saw this salad on the blog, Sassy Radish. It just looks like an artist’s palette – provided the palette belongs to an artist who paints in Provence where the sun shines brightly, and colorful poppies are blossoming along fields of swaying golden grain.

Got the picture? Ok, so maybe you can’t be in Provence right now, but you can make this salad. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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 Citrus Salad with Cilantro and Mint

Recipe from Sassy Radish

Printable Recipe Here

(You don’t have to adhere to the particular amounts of citrus fruits given in Sassy Radish’s recipe. I used more grapefruit and regular oranges and fewer blood oranges, for example. – Ciao Chow Linda)

3 blood oranges
1 cara cara orange
1 navel orange
1 pink grapefruit
pinch of flaky sea salt
1 shallot, chopped

2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp sherry vinegar (This is more expensive than ordinary vinegar, but so worth it.- CCL)
1/2 tsp grade B maple syrup
a few squirts of fresh lime juice

1/4 tsp slivered mint
1/4 tsp slivered cilantro


1. Peel fruit making sure to remove as much pith as possible; slice into wheels. Be sure to remove the pits.

2. Layer fruit on a serving dish alternating pieces of various oranges and grapefruit to create a colorful look. Sprinkle with sea salt and garnish with the chopped shallot and slivered herbs.

3. In a cup or a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar and maple syrup. Taste to make sure the flavors are balanced and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Drizzle over the salad and serve.

Serves 4.


  1. Oh my does this look refreshing light and just beautiful!
    I have not had breakfast yet and boy could I tuck into this right now!

  2. What a lovely dish! It looks like Springtime on a plate.

  3. Linda you are a thousand miles ahead of me!this was going to be my next recipe! yours is spectacular really nice,come on over for lamb shank!

  4. This will be beautiful on my Easter buffet table, Linda. Those blood oranges make all the colors pop. I'm trying to add more light dishes to our diets too. Summertime...bathing suits...ugh!

  5. I just walked by some cara cara oranges the other day and wondered what they tasted like. You making me think spring is very close now. Your citrus salad screams healthy and light and looks beautiful to boot!

  6. That is a happy looking salad. The dressing sounds delicious!

  7. I have every single citrus in my fridge to make this. I planned to make a blood orange pound cake, some orange sherbet etc. But, after seeing this, I see a healthier plate. Love it and thanks!

  8. Citrus salads are my fave kind of full of goodness..and this one looks amazing :)

  9. Bella ed invitante questa insalata con gli agrumi, un pieno di energia. Da me è tornata la neve.
    ciao Daniela.

  10. So refreshing, what a beautiful way to eat citrus.

  11. This looks so refreshing and the colors are gorgeous! What a spectacular salad!

  12. Love the photos! It's been a long time since I had blood oranges. I'll have to see if i can find some. Thanks!

  13. I love this salad and make variations. The maple syrup in the dressing would be a sweet, soothing complement to the tart citrus. And it did make me smile - it is a platter of spring smiles.

  14. This is gorgeous and yes, timely, as I pull out my very skinny summer shorts and make my pledge to wear them again! I love the way the circles of citrus shine, and the warm colors are a balm. Thanks for this.

  15. I love blood oranges.
    They are such a pain to peel though!
    What a beautiful winter healthy salad. Makes me think of sunshine!

  16. It's amazing what a trip to the market can do for inspiration. All citrus, all nature and with subtle differences in flavour.

  17. When I read "citrus salad" in my reader I knew you would create something colorful and enticing! This does not disappoint!

  18. What an attractive salad! So refreshing!

  19. Beautiful salad Linda. And perfect for a brunch we are hosting!

  20. Funny! I posted the same salad (different dressing) a couple of weeks ago! I felt that the weather dictated something cheery too!

  21. A beautiful salad that is just the thing for this Florida girl. And, luckily, my neighbors and I have all the ingredients needed for this dish in our gardens right now. Many thanks for this lovely recipe.

  22. I love these types of citrus salads. Only started playing with them last year but they've been a refreshing hit around here. Thanks for this variation. Very pretty presentation.

  23. I was just eyeing blood oranges in the store the other day; now I will have to get some. The mint is just starting to pop through the ice and mud outside so that will be ready. I like thin slices of red onion with citrus as well. Your plate looks beautiful, Linda. A feast for the eyes - and soul!

  24. I must have a look for oranges like this... might leave it a few weeks though, bit cold here in the UK for this !! Looks delicious :-)

  25. wow what a gorgeous plate. I have made this with mint before but never thought to add cilantro. Amazing. I will try it.

  26. I love the beautiful colors! And the idea of something healthy looking that pretty is totally enticing!

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  28. Darn!!! I saw blood oranges for the first time at the market yesterday and didn't buy them! I'm going back. I need this.

  29. What a pretty simple salad Linda. I have a couple blood oranges left to make this one.

  30. This really makes me long for warm days, open windows, and sunshine. How lovely.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the very nice comments. : )


  31. the dressing made me think of a variation, my "house" dressing, which I would like to share.

    2T apple cider vinegar
    2T maple syrup
    2t Dijon
    approx 2twalnut oil
    approx 1/2 t salt
    1/4 t cayenne pepper (to taste)

    We use this daily

  32. A georgous, tasty & terrific colourful & healthy super salad!!