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Citrus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

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

Citrus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

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.

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

Instructions

  1. To prepare the fruit, slice each citrus horizontally to create discs. Slice the peel off each disc and remove any seeds.
  2. 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.
  3. Pour the dressing over the prepared fruit. Garnish with nuts and parsley.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 320Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 0mgSodium 223mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 4gSugar 17gProtein 3g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Amanda @ The Taste Tester

Wednesday 2nd of January 2013

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

Heather at Kitchen Concoctions

Wednesday 2nd of January 2013

Love how fresh and bright this salad looks and sounds!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Wednesday 2nd of January 2013

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

Erin @ Texanerin Baking

Wednesday 2nd of January 2013

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.