I have been craving a Winter Citrus Avocado Salad for weeks.
I love Christmas, I love vacation and travel but man when I get home, it's not a January detox that needs to happen, it's a vacation detox. I am ready for fruit and greens and all sorts of Vitamin C everything (I did end up catching a cold over Christmas, bah) and everything avocado. Always avocado.
It's a winter citrus avocado salad due to the fact that oranges are plentiful and cheap this time of year. The pieces that look like grapefruit are actually Cara Cara oranges that are available everywhere this time of year. Mike doesn't like grapefruit so I omitted it and used cara cara oranges instead.
The pomegranates give it a nice crunch and zing – not to mention colour that makes this salad a feast for the eyes as well. When you live in the cold, bleak North aka Edmonton, Alberta, a salad like this can be a ray of sunshine in your day, no word of a lie. This was so bright, beautiful, crisp and refreshing for lunch in the middle of a snow storming day.
And those avocados with citrus?
Amazing. I've never tried the combination before but now I am hooked. This is all you need for a complete lunch. Feel free to sub in grapefruit if you enjoy them, the dressing is a sweet honey poppy seed and goes well with all citrus fruit.
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- 6-8 cups arugula
- 1-2 medium cara cara oranges or one large grapefruit peeled and sectioned
- 1-2 medium navel oranges peeled and sectioned
- 1 medium ripe avocados peeled and sliced
- 2-3 tbsp pomegranate arils seeds
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp melted honey
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp yellow mustard
- 1 tsp poppyseeds
- 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
Combine the dressing ingredients in a lidded mason jar and shake to combine. Adjust salt and honey to taste.
Place the arugula leaves on a large platter. Top with the fruit. Drizzle the dressing over the top. I then use salad tongs to divide between two plates.