Citrus and Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

The bright spot of winter produce is most certainly citrus. So fragrant, fresh, light, and of course that beautiful burst of color is always welcome! This is The Organic Kitchen’s Citrus and Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing, and it is lovely.
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The Salad:

Tender greens, vibrant citrus, creamy avocado, pistachios and pomegranate seeds, are all drizzled with a simple to ‘whisk together’ lemon poppy seed dressing. I offer a sweetened version of this dressing as well as an unsweetened option for my Whole30 friends.

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Vitamin C Just When You Need It!

Nature is amazing. It gives us what we need when we need it. This salad is loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats…just in time for cold and flu season.

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Brighten Up Your Meals and Your Mood…

Sometimes winter can leave us feeling a little down. The lack of sun is no joke! One way to brighten our day is to make our meals vibrant as well as delicious. This salad certainly checks both of those boxes. Serve this healthy Paleo/Whole30 friendly salad as is, or add chicken or steak to round out the meal.

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The Recipe: Citrus and Avocado Salad with lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Tips and what you need: a good paring knife and hand held juicer. If you choose to sweeten the dressing you can use a good quality honey or liquid Stevia Drops.

5 from 16 votes
Citrus and Avocado Salad with lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
Prep Time
10 mins
 

A colorful winter salad that is easy to make! Serve as is, or add chicken, steak or shrimp to round out the meal!

Course: Salad
Keyword: avocado, citrus, Paleo, salad, whole30
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (use Meyer if available)
  • 1 teaspoon honey, or a few drops of liquid stevia (whole30 please omit)
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • sea salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
  • Salad:
  • 6 cups butter lettuce (or other tender lettuce)
  • 2 tangerines, peeled and sliced
  • 1-2 blood oranges, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 a grapefruit, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup roasted, salted pistachios (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
Instructions
  1. Whisk together all dressing ingredients (Whole30 omit sweetener), set aside

  2. Shred butter leaf lettuce with hands and place on a platter. Using a paring knife, carefully peel citrus and slice thinly, set aside

  3. Use a sharp knife to cut the avocados in half around the core, twist halves in opposite directions to pop the avocado apart. Tap the core firmly with the knife and twist to remove core. Place halves flat side down and slice. Gently remove peels and place on platter

  4. Dress lettuce with desired amount of dressing, toss. Arrange citrus and  avocados on lettuce. Sprinkle with pistachios and pom seeds

  5. (if desired add rotisserie chicken, sliced steak or sauteed shrimp)

  6. Drizzle with a little more dressing, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper and serve!

 

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Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Vinaigrette!

Happy November! The holidays are upon us, as usual my mind is blown at how fast the year went by. If you are in charge of the salad for this year’s festivities, I’ve got a brilliant one for you: Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Vinaigrette!
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But Before We Get To The Recipe…..I Want To Give You Sneak Peek at the Remodel of Our Sundance Cabin!

Ten years ago we bought a little cabin in the woods of Sundance Utah. It had good bones, but it was…how shall I say…in need of some help. In fact, it was pretty much…orange! The ceiling, the walls, the floor, were all wood and all of that wood was stained a 1970’s orange. And if that weren’t enough, the cabinetry that wasn’t stained orange, was painted black, making a small space feel even smaller.

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But it was nestled among tall pin trees…

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…and sat on a beautiful stream. So we bought it!

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We Lived with “The Orange” for Ten Years…

The previous owners lived across the country and basically sold us the cabin as is, with all the furniture, dishes, art, towels, etc.. still there. It was very charming, but felt dark, closed in and was definitely not our style. When my husband retired this last January, we knew we would be spending more time in Sundance to be near our children and grandchildren and decided to make the space our own. And that is when we called Alice Lane Home to help us with the remodel. We live in LA and not only needed the decorating advice but someone dependable to oversee the project and refer us to good contractors and craftsmen.

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Enter Suzanne…

After talking about what we wanted and needed, Jess, the owner of Alice Lane paired us up with interior designer Suzanne Hall (or the fabulous decor babe, as I like to call her). She was a dream to work with. She took our tiny black and orange cabin and made it light and airy, opened up our dark little kitchen, and created the most beautiful bathroom, all while having to work around some less than desirable existing features, and our budget.

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So Many Changes, But It Kept That “Sundance” Vibe

Our cabin is an authentic “Lincoln log” cabin, meaning it is constructed of real logs that have notches cut near the ends of each log so they can be stacked at the corners to form rooms. We wanted the ‘modern mountain home’ look without losing any of the original integrity or that magical “Sundance” feel. We LOVE the result and I think you’ll be fascinated to see just what a difference was achieved!

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The Best part of This Makeover?

Is that Suzanne and the Alice Lane team made sure the cabin remained family friendly. We have a lot of kids and seven grandchildren (so far) that come to play often and have sleepovers, we don’t have to worry about destruction. Noise? Yes. Destruction, no. Every fabric, rug, surface, in the house is sticky little hands friendly! To see the complete remodel and details of the modern mountain look, click here!
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Now For The Salad: Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Vinaigrette!

A fabulous salad makes every meal more special, whether it’s dinner for the family or a celebration. And this salad is festive in both color and taste.

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Simple But Extraordinary!

Color, color, color! Green, orange, purple, white, and and red come together in the most lovely and tasty way.

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…sweet roasted butternut squash, creamy feta, tart pom seeds, fragrant onion, and salty pecans, all placed on a bed of baby greens…

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…then drizzled with a homemade, vibrant pink pomegranate vinaigrette! Truly one of my favorite fall salads.

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 What to Serve It With:

Whether served alone, or as part of a meal, this salad is fabulous. I love it alongside a good steak, or sometimes, I will toss in some rotisserie chicken for a simple, complete meal. But it’s also beautiful served alongside your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey. 

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The Recipe: Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Vinaigrette!

Tips and what you need: ovens are notoriously inconsistent, your oven may roast your butternut squash quicker or slower than mine. So keep an eye on it and remove when BNS is soft and edges are browned. Many stores have pre-peeled and cut butternut, make sure it’s super fresh or it won’t roast up well, you also may need to cut it smaller. If peeling and cutting your own squash, click here. You will need a rimmed cookie sheet, parchment paper.

5 from 18 votes
Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Vinaigrette!
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

A festive, delicious, salad for fall and your holiday table!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes (Store bought is fine but you may have to cut it smaller)
  • 2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz baby greens
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 of one red onion, peeled and sliced or chopped
  • 3/4 cup roasted salted pecan pieces
  • 1 cup crumbled feta I also love soft goat cheese in this salad
  • 1/2 cup good quality olive oil
  • 1 cup pomegrante juice (reduced to 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar or white balsamic
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or a few drops liquid stevia if you prefer)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and set oven rack in upper third position. Cover a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.

    Place prepared squash on parchment, drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and toss. Sprinkle generously with sea salt and pepper

    Place in the oven for about 40 minutes, or until squash is soft and edges are brown. Time may vary according to oven and altitude.

    While squash cooks, prepare salad dressing:

  2. To reduce pomegranate juice: Place a small pan on high heat and add juice

    Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer
    Allow to simmer until juice measures 1/4 cup. I measure after 15 minutes and every few minutes after that. Just be sure not to forget about it! After it is reduced to a ¼ cup, allow to cool before using.

  3. Place 1/2 cup olive oil into a jar or measuring cup, add lemon juice, honey, vinegar, sea salt, pepper and cooled pomegranate juice, whisk until well combined, set aside

  4. 3. On a platter or large bowl, place lettuce, then add cooled butternut squash, onions, nuts, and feta

    Shake dressing well and the drizzle over salad to liking, toss

    Serve!

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Kale Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

If you have been reading my blog for a while or come to my cooking classes you know salads are my thing. I love salads. They are so versatile and no matter the time of year you can toss together seasonal ingredients to make a masterpiece. This Kale Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette is the perfect example!
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Preparation and helpful hints:

Kale is a hearty plant and can be a little difficult to chew if left as is. To make kale easier to eat I like to soak it in a large bowl (or the sink) for ten minutes, swishing the kale around here and there. Then I remove the ‘ribs’ (the thick, stringy center of each leaf). After drying, I stack a few leaves, roll them and thinly slice. This makes kale tender and easy to eat!

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The Citrus Vinaigrette

A simple combination of lemon, lime and orange juice blended with heart healthy olive oil with a slight kick of cayenne pepper!

Add Some Fun! Pickled Grapes:

Pickling fruit and veggies is a really fun way to add flavor and texture to a salad. You need to prepare grapes a day ahead. This was my first experience with pickling and I loved it! The pickled grapes add flavor and texture to this salad.

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The Recipe: Kale Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette from Three Seventy Common

You will need: a good knife, sea salt, a hand held juicer, a blender. My favorite is Blendtec. Shop The World’s Best Blenders from Blendtec!

Kale Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

This salad utilizes seasonal fruit and greens making it a fabulous salad for winter! Make the pickled grapes a day ahead.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy lunch recipe, light recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
Pickled Grapes:
  • 1/2 pound red grapes
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup organic granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper corns
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Salad:
  • 3 cups kale rib removed, soaked and dried (see instructions in blog post above)
  • 1/4 cup fresh red currants (if unavailable sub with blueberries)
  • 1/4 cup fresh red grapes sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup pickled grapes see link above
  • 1/4 of a gala apple, 1/4 inch julienne (like matchsticks)
  • 6 fresh figs thinly sliced
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons sheep's milk feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 Tablespoons hazelnuts toasted , chopped
Dressing:
  • 2 teaspoons shallot small chop
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoons sea salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
Pickled Grapes (made a day ahead)
  1. Wash and remove grapes from stems. Slice the stem end off each grape

  2. In a small sauce pan whisk together vinegar, water, and sugar. Bring to a boil.

  3. Place all spices in large mason jar. Add trimmed grapes to jar. Pour hot vinegar over grapes. Allow to cool, then place in fridge. They will be ready to use after 24 hours

Salad:
  1. in a metal mixing bowl combine kale, currants, grapes, pickled grapes, apple and a 1/3 cup of the citrus vinaigrette; toss together by hand. Season with salt and pepper and toss again. Add more dressing if needed.
  2. Next pile salad on a plate and top with feta and hazelnuts, serve.
Dressing:
  1. Combine all ingredients except oil in a blender and mix till smooth. Slowly drizzle in oil in a steady stream till well incorporated.

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