A sweet and tangy dressing brings out the best in this citrus salad recipe. Fresh, healthy and colorful, fruit and greens come together for a cheerful side dish. This citrus salad with grapefruit, kiwi and orange is a great way to take advantage of winter produce for a perfect Winter salad side dish.
There’s nothing better than a fresh salad piled high with fresh vegetables and tomatoes. But when Winter sets in and there’s no fresh tomatoes to be found, this Citrus Salad will cheer you up.
Colorful with pink grapefruit, navel orange and green kiwi, this is a perfect salad to overcome the notion that salads have to be all green.
Not only does it look beautiful on the plate, It’s easy to make and you just feel good about eating it and serving it to your family.
It’s simply a great way to incorporate Winter citrus fruit into your meal plans. And especially if you’re looking for a salad with grapefruit.
Everyone I’ve ever served this to loves this gorgeous refreshing salad.
Let’s take a look at this Citrus Salad recipe.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Mixed Greens. Grab a clam shell of your favorite mixed green lettuce mix. Peppery arugula would also be a good choice here.
- 1 Orange
- 1 Grapefruit
- 2 Kiwi
For the Citrus Salad Dressing
The dressing is a cousin to a Homemade Catalina dressing. A lighter version and a perfect compliment for the fruit and the peppery greens. It’s easy to make, with just a few ingredients and a few whisks to blend.
The end result is a perfect combination of sweet and tangy.
- Olive Oil
- Cider Vinegar
- Dijon Mustard
- Orange: A blood orange would work well here and add a depth of color. Satsumas, mandarins and tangelos are other good choices. I’ve also made this recipe using some pineapple chunks.
- Honey: Agave syrup is a good substitute for honey.
Step by Step Instructions
- Step 1: Prepare the fruit. Peel the kiwi and cut into wedges. Remove the peel and white pith from the orange and the grapefruit and slice. Here’s how:
- With a sharp knife, slice the two ends off of the fruit.
- Turn the fruit onto one of the ends, and angle the knife so that you can slice the first piece of rind from the orange.
- Move the knife downwards and along the curve of the fruit.
- Don’t be shy with this, you want to make sure you’re cutting off that white pith.
- Continue slicing the skin from the orange until you have a completely naked piece of fruit.
- At this point, you can either slice the fruit or cut it into wedges.
- Step 2: Make The Citrus Salad Dressing. Simply combine the dressing ingredients and using a whisk, blend well.
- Step 3: To build the salad, place a handful of greens in a white bowl. Top with the slices of orange, grapefruit and kiwi wedges. Drizzle with the dressing and serve. A sprinkle of fresh mint leaves is always welcome.
This Winter salad is a great make ahead side dish. You can whisk up the dressing and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days in advance. Peel and slice the fruit a day ahead and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to assemble. It becomes a quick throw together salad for any meal. Store the individual fruits in separate containers.
Yes, this salad and the citrus salad dressing is naturally gluten free.
Tips For Success
- Make sure you remove all of the white pith from the fruit. To showcase the fruit in all its glory and flavor, make sure to remove even the smallest pieces of white pith. It carries a rough texture and bitter flavor.
- Depending on how ripe the grapefruit is, it may fall apart in chunks when you try and slice it. That’s ok. A ripe sweet flavor is welcome over a too-tart fruit.
The vibrant combination of greens, grapefruit, and oranges in this salad creates a beautiful color and textures.The crispness of the greens, the citrusy zing of grapefruit, and the sweet juiciness of oranges come together to deliver a refreshing and wholesome experience.
This salad offers a powerhouse of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, making it a nourishing choice for those seeking a healthy and satisfying side dish. If you’re looking for more ultra-nutritious salads, don’t miss this one for Baby Kale Salad with apples.
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Winter Citrus Salad
- 2 Kiwi fruit peeled and quartered
- 1 orange peeled and sliced in rounds
- 1/2 grapefruit peeled and sliced in rounds
- 2-3 Cups mixed greens
- Dressing for Citrus Salad:
- 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon ketchup
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- For the dressing, mix all ingredients in a jar and shake until well blended. Drizzle over mixed baby greens topped with fruit.
- Peel and remove pith from the grapefruit and the orange. Peel the kiwi fruit and cut into wedges.
- Place a handful of greens in 4 salad bowls. Top with several pieces of fruit and drizzle with the dressing.
Winter Citrus Salad…It’s What’s for a Side Dish.
This recipe for the salad and citrus salad dressing was first published May of 2012 and republished November 2022 with new photos and step by step instructions.
Why Trust These Recipes? Lea Ann Brown has lived, worked and played in Colorado for 45 years. She has immersed herself in the Colorado Culinary space, is a Culinary School Graduate and publishes her Colorado food Blog, Cooking On The Ranch.