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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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. Learn to slice an avocado like a pro here.
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.
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.
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.
A colorful winter salad that is easy to make! Serve as is, or add chicken, steak or shrimp to round out the meal!
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice (use Meyer if available)
- 1 teaspoon Honey (whole30 omit)
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- sea salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
- 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
Whisk together all dressing ingredients (Whole30 omit sweetener), set aside
Shred butter leaf lettuce with hands and place on a platter. Using a paring knife, carefully peel citrus and slice thinly, set aside
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
Dress lettuce with desired amount of dressing, toss. Arrange citrus and avocados on lettuce. Sprinkle with pistachios and pom seeds
(if desired add rotisserie chicken, sliced steak or sauteed shrimp)
Drizzle with a little more dressing, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper and serve!
MAY I PLEASE ASK A FAVOR?
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Love all the refreshing flavor and gorgeous color in the recipe. I’m drooling just by looking at the photos!
Adding this to my whole30 meal plans….drool!
Thanks Tessa! Enjoy:)
Oh this is so up my alley! It’s definitely on my to make list this week! Whooo Thank you for such a gorgeous recipe!
This salad looks so refreshing – we have a lot of CA and FL citrus coming to Michigan in the last month! Thank you! Ha! Can’t wait to try it!
Ohh the citrus would be so refreshing!
Not only beautiful, but nourishing, too! Definitely giving this one a try:).
This is such a gorgeous salad! I never used poppy seed in my dressing before I have to try it. Looks delicious!
Mmm! All that citrus sounds delightful!
Lovely salad and that dressing is to die for!
This is so pretty! I love all that citrus.
citrus and avocado . . . . swoon!
I can’t wait to try this! I love the pomegranate seeds and pistachios on top. Even my kids will go for this salad, yum!
I love the combination of the fat from the avocado and the acidity from the citrus! Delicious!
Wow this looks amazing! The fresh multi-colored citrus looks so juicy and refreshing!!
The ingredients in this salad may be simple but it sure sounds delicious! Love the addition of pistachios. I’ll definitely be trying this one 🙂
This yummy looking citrus salad is calling to me… such wonderful flavor combinations. I can’t wait to try the Whole30 compliant dressing too!
This is an absolutely gorgeous winter salad! I love all the colors and the pistachios add a nice crunch.
You make the best salads and always jam-pack them with lots of goodies, which is my favorite way to eat salads. I love all of the citrus in this plus the crunchy pistachios and pomegranate arils. Such a delicious salad!