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Winter Citrus Salad Recipe


Winter Citrus Salad

Winter Citrus Salad

© Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
This Winter Citrus Salad recipe is so versatile. It can be made with oranges, tangerines, Clementines, Mandarins, even grapefruit! The base can be baby spinach, romaine or red leaf lettuce, as I have done here. Add red onion rings, citrus of your choice, dried cranberries or cherries or blueberries, toasted pecans or walnuts. For a main-course salad, add grilled chicken or salmon. I'm a big fan of balsamic vinaigrette, so that is what I'd use but any vinagrette dressing would work, even creamy poppyseed or honey-tangerine would be a nice complement. And despite its name, this is a great salad for spring, summer or fall. Dried or fresh blueberries and fresh peaches are a wonderful combination in the summer, especially with a very few gratings of fresh ginger and a sesame-ginger vinaigrette. For a main-course salad in the fall, try turkey with orange segments, cranberries and walnuts. Let your imagination be your guide!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 Winter Citrus Salad


  • Per Salad:
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach or lettuce of choice
  • 3 thin slices red onion
  • 1 large tangerine or 1/2 large orange, peeled and segmented (seeded if necessary)
  • 2 tablespoons (or to taste) dried cranberries or cherries or blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pecans or walnuts
  • Citrus zest
  • Salad dressing of choice


  • Wash and dry spinach or lettuce. Arrange on a cold salad plate. Arrange onion rings on top of spinach or lettuce in a pretty pattern. Place the citrus segments in the center. Sprinkle the entire salad with dried cranberries and pecans. Dust lightly with citrus zest, if desired. When ready to serve, dress the salad with your favorite dressing.
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