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Winter Citrus Salad with Avocado-Basil Dressing

Winter Citrus Salad with Avocado-Basil Dressing - A healthful and flavor-packed salad. Serve as a light lunch, or add shrimp, chicken or chickpeas to turn it into a more substantial meal. | foxeslovelemons.com

Winter Citrus Salad with Avocado-Basil Dressing - A healthful and flavor-packed salad. Serve as a light lunch, or add shrimp, chicken or chickpeas to turn it into a more substantial meal. | foxeslovelemons.com

When it comes to eating healthy while still enjoying food that is intensely flavorful, citrus fruits are your best friend. This is especially true right now, where here in the U.S., citrus like grapefruit and blood oranges are at the peak of their season.

Winter Citrus Salad with Avocado-Basil Dressing - A healthful and flavor-packed salad. Serve as a light lunch, or add shrimp, chicken or chickpeas to turn it into a more substantial meal. | foxeslovelemons.com

This salad can be created with a combination of any citrus you like best. For this salad, I started with a base of peppery arugula, and topped it with the two aforementioned citrus fruits, along with a Cara Cara orange. Cara Caras are a type of seedless naval orange that are available December through April. They have a bright orange exterior and a distinctive pinkish red flesh, and an exceptionally sweet flavor that is reminiscent of cranberries.

To finish my salad, I sprinkled it with sliced almonds and drizzled it with homemade Avocado-Basil Dressing. This dressing comes together quickly by buzzing up avocado, basil, olive oil, white wine vinegar, water, salt and pepper in a mini food processor or blender until smooth. Serve this salad as a side dish or light lunch, or top it with a heart-healthy protein such as shrimp, chicken breast or chickpeas for a more substantial meal.

Winter Citrus Salad with Avocado-Basil Dressing - A healthful and flavor-packed salad. Serve as a light lunch, or add shrimp, chicken or chickpeas to turn it into a more substantial meal. | foxeslovelemons.com

Winter Citrus Salad with Avocado-Basil Dressing

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons water
  • Pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 cups packed arugula
  • 2 blood oranges, peeled and segmented
  • 1 Cara Cara orange, peeled and segmented
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled and segmented
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. In mini food processor or blender, blend avocado, basil, oil, vinegar, water, salt and pepper until smooth. Depending on the size of your avocado, you may need more or less water to achieve a salad dressing consistency.
  2. Divide arugula between 4 salad plates. Divide citrus segments over arugula and sprinkle with almonds. Serve with dressing.

This recipe originally appeared here on the NatureBox blog.

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27 Responses to “Winter Citrus Salad with Avocado-Basil Dressing”

  1. Ethel @eatingininstead — February 15, 2015 at 6:08 am

    This salad looks amazing.  Love the avocado basil dressing!  Thanks for co-hosting with me!

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    • Lori Yates replied: — February 15th, 2015 @ 9:56 am

      Thank YOU for co-hosting with me, Ethel. It’s been a blast!

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  2. Renee — February 15, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Now that’s a sunshine salad if I ever saw one. So perfect to brighten up winter!

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  3. Stacy — February 15, 2015 at 7:20 am

    I, just this very morning, found blood oranges for the first time at my neighborhood market so, of course, I bought some. Can’t wait to try your gorgeous salad, Lori! That dressing sounds absolutely wonderful. Thank you for hosting this great event! 

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    • Lori Yates replied: — February 15th, 2015 @ 9:56 am

      Yay for finding blood oranges! Enjoy them, Stacy!

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  4. shelby — February 15, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Your salad looks delicious.  I have never had a Cara Cara Orange before.  I’ll have to be on the look out for them!

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  5. Nichole C — February 15, 2015 at 8:57 am

    YUM! I am on a homemade dressing kick and need this Avocado Basil Dressing in my life…in other news, the Blood Oranges make me think of Dexter, lol. I love everything about this dish!

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    • Lori Yates replied: — February 15th, 2015 @ 9:57 am

      Oh, me too Nichole. I will ALWAYS AND FOREVER think of Dexter when I slice into a blood orange.

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  6. Tammi @Momma's Meals — February 15, 2015 at 10:35 am

    What a fabulous salad! I can’t wait to try this dressing, I’m on a homemade dressing fix! Thanks again for hosting!

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  7. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — February 15, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Lori, what a gorgeous salad!!! love citrus in salads and I’ve got to try this avocado basil dressing!!! delicious!! thanks for hosting today! I know how much work it is! 😛 

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  8. Liz — February 15, 2015 at 11:02 am

    This is one magnificent salad, Lori! Thanks to you and Ethel for hosting us this week!!!

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  9. Laura Dembowski — February 15, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Thanks for cohosting today! This salad is just the kind of thing I love to eat for dinner. Avocado dressing sounds really interesting and like a great way to mix up a salad.

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  10. Courtney @ NeighborFood — February 15, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Ummmm avocado dressing? I am ALL over that. Give me a straw and I’ll be good. 🙂 Thanks for hosting this week Lori!

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  11. Shannon @VillageGirlBlog — February 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Your dressing sounds amazing! I love the color and that you used all those wonderful citrus fruits. Beautiful!

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  12. Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily — February 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Gorgeous! We all live citrus and avocados. This will be a big hit! Thanks for sharing & co hosting (My post didn’t auto post 🙁

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  13. Sue Lau — February 15, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Your avocado dressing sounds fabulous!

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  14. Tara — February 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    So fresh and tangy and full of wonderful flavors, nice to see you again and thanks for hosting!!

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  15. The Ninja Baker — February 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Looks sooo delicious, Lori. Love the combo of citrus and leafy greens…Especially grapefruit. Thank you so much for hosting this very attention worthy heart healthy roundup <3

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  16. Shaina — February 15, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    That is one GORGEOUS salad, Lori. I love the variety of citrus and flavors you used. Beautiful!

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  17. Sam @ PancakeWarriors — February 15, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Blood oranges are my obsession! They make the best salad dressing too! This recipe looks great – love the avocado and citrus!

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    • Lori Yates replied: — February 15th, 2015 @ 9:33 pm

      I hear ya, Sam. I am blood orange OBSESSED this time of year, too!

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  18. Cindys Recipes and Writings — February 15, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    I love a citrus salad, so refreshing!

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  19. Linda | Brunch with Joy — February 15, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Lori, your salad looks so pretty! I love the color, texture and everything you put in it. And thanks for hosting today.

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  20. Sarah — February 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I need to make this for my coworker – she loves the ingredients but never eats them because they’re “time consuming” haha

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  21. Joy | The Joyful Foodie — February 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I’m loving the sound of the flavor combos here! Plus, who can resist such a pretty salad? 

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  22. Kimberly — February 16, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I love citrus and arugula together … fabulous salad combination!

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  23. Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook — February 17, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    I just LOVE winter citrus! There’s nothing like a little sunshine to peek through the clouds. What a beautiful salad. 

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