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Winter Citrus Avocado Salad

Fresh, fast, easy, and healthy, this Winter Citrus Avocado Salad is sure to become a new favorite!

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This winter citrus avocado salad is packed with avocado, oranges, grapefruit, and pomegranate. All spread on top of a bed of tasty little arugula leaves. Its zesty flavors from the fruit pair well with the rich avocado, making for a filling lunch or a great side salad at your dinner meal.

Why I Think You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This salad is packed with vitamin C- Just what you need for winter!
  • It’s not dull! It’s a cheerful, bright salad with a great flavor mix.

Zesty Winter Citrus Avocado Salad

It’s called a winter citrus avocado salad because oranges are plentiful and cheap this time of year. Just find two kinds of oranges and a grapefruit, and it’s halfway done!

The secret to making an avocado salad is to have an acid that cuts through the richness of the avocado; otherwise, it becomes too much at once. The citrus in this salad and the snap of the arugula are perfect for that.

Choosing An Avocado

  • An avocado you want to eat the same day or the next will feel soft when gently pressed on the skin, but it should not have a mushy texture or feel dents all over it.
  • For avocados that you want to eat in 3-4 days, choose firmer-feeling skins and they will ripen on the counter.

What Type of Dressing Goes with Avocado Salad?

For this salad, you need a lightly tangy oil vinaigrette to cut through the richness of the avocado, and when added to the other ingredients, it will blend perfectly. I put together this tasty dressing with the addition of honey to sweeten it up a little.

Another great dressing for this salad is Poppyseed Dressing. It is lightly sweetened with a little sugar and full of flavor from red wine vinegar.

white bowl with arugula,  slices of orange,avocado,grapefruit and pieces of pomegranate

How to Make This Salad

This salad is a snap to make. Most of the work is peeling and slicing fruit. It comes together quickly for a bright and flavorful salad.

  1. Add all the dressing ingredients to a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake it all together, and then taste it, adding a little more honey or salt to taste.
  2. Prepare your fresh fruit by peeling it and slicing it into bite-size pieces.
  3. Take one large platter or two large plates and place the arugula leaves on it. Lay the fruit slices on top. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Enjoy!
closeup of arugula,  slices of orange,avocado,grapefruit and pieces of pomegranate

Karlynn’s Tips & Tricks

  • If you dislike grapefruit, you can use Cara Cara oranges instead.
  • Prepare this on individual plates or bowls, making it easy to serve.
  • If you prefer a sweeter vinaigrette, you can add an extra tablespoon of honey—or to your taste.

How To Store Leftovers

This salad will store well in a resealable container in the fridge for about one day. If you want to make it ahead of time for your lunches for three or four days, you can divide the salad and fruit into separate containers. Leave the dressing off and put it on your salad when you are ready to eat it.

This winter Citrus Avocado Salad is cheerful and zesty, and it will brighten up your day! Our family enjoyed the change, and I’m sure you will, too!

Happy cooking!

Love,

Karlynn

More Great Salads

Winter Citrus Avocado Salad

Fresh, fast, easy, and healthy, this Winter Citrus Avocado Salad is sure to become a new favorite!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Total Time
20 minutes
Course
Salad
Cuisine
American
Servings
3
Calories
537
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients
 

  • 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 tablespoons pomegranate arils seeds

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons melted honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

Instructions
 

  • Combine the dressing ingredients in a lidded mason jar and shake to combine. Adjust salt and honey to taste.
  • Peel and prepare the fruit. I like to cut the fruit into bite-size pieces so you don't have to cut your salad before eating it.
  • 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 or three plates.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 537kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 46g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 424mg, Potassium: 652mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 1260IU, Vitamin C: 68.4mg, Calcium: 123mg, Iron: 1.3mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Sierra DeLeon-Cardwell says

    Delicious! Although, I think it made too much salad dressing for the salad, but that was OK because we it was good on other things left over. Thanks we loved it!5 stars

  2. 2pots2cook says

    Love this vitamin C loaded dish. Thank you so much for sharing !5 stars

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