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Citrus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Breakfast and Brunch, Healthy Eating, Seasonal Recipes, Side Dish, Side Salads, Winter Recipes | 4 comments

I thoroughly enjoyed myself during the holidays.  I enjoyed spending time with family and friends, gathering around a warm fire, making and sharing gifts, and eating a lot of good food.

But now that I’ve entered the new year, I’m remembering all of the past week’s indulgences.  If I’m being honest, I have to admit to eating way too many of these Pumpkin Pie Bars and more than my fair share of candy out of the kids’ stockings.

Written by: Allison Ruth of Some the Wiser

It’s time to get back on track and I’m looking forward to preparing and enjoying a lot of healthy meals this year. Right now, my post-holiday palette is craving dishes that are fresh and light.

It can be tricky preparing fresh and light dishes in the winter when quality fruits and vegetables are harder to come by.  However, citrus is winter’s special burst of brightness during the cold months’ dark days.

Fresh citrus fruits have so many health benefits.  Here are a few of the ways Oranges, Grapefruits, and Lemons contribute to a healthy diet and lifestyle:

  • High levels of Vitamin C, Potassium, and even Calcium
  • Support the immune system
  • Detoxify the liver
  • Help to lower blood pressure
  • Stimulate metabolism and aid in weight loss

Considering all of the health benefits that come from eating citrus fruits, I am feeling really good about adding this Citrus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing to my breakfast menu this month.  This salad is not only a delicious way to start the morning, it also makes a beautiful side salad with lunch or dinner too.

The Poppy Seed Dressing compliments the tangy sweetness of the fruits, and the nuts add both protein and crunch, making this a really flavorful dish to add to any healthy menu this year.

What healthy eating goals are you setting this year?

Citrus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

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Ingredients:

Approximately 3 pounds of various citrus fruit (grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, etc.)

2/3 cup candied walnuts
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

For the Dressing:
2 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil, room temperature
2 tablespoons grated onion
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Directions:

To prepare the fruit, slice each citrus horizontally to create discs. Slice the peel off each disc and remove any seeds.

To prepare the dressing, combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk together until well combined. For best results with the coconut oil, work with room temperature ingredients.

Pour the dressing over the prepared fruit. Garnish with nuts and parsley.

About the Author:

Allison Ruth is mama to three hungry girls. She blogs at Some the Wiser where she takes life as it comes and tries to learn a little something as she goes. Whether she’s baking bread, sewing, or contemplating the fate of socks gone missing in the laundry, she looks for the peace and creativity life offers to everyone who is paying attention. Living life deliberately isn’t easy, she admits, but it helps when you have good things to eat. You can also find her at Allison Ruth Photography.

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking - January 02, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    This looks so refreshing! I love fruit but have only had apples and oranges for months. I’m about to go crazy. This looks like a great way to change things up! And it’s so pretty.

    And as for eating goals… it’s always the same with me. To eat vegetables. I just don’t like them. Potatoes and corn, if you can call them vegetables, are great, but everything else I have to force down.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - January 02, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    Love the colours in this salad. It’s so pretty!

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    Heather at Kitchen Concoctions - January 02, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    Love how fresh and bright this salad looks and sounds!

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    Amanda @ The Taste Tester - January 02, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    This looks so good! I just bought a ton of grapefruit and oranges and now I have something to make with them :)

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