One of my favorite parts about Winter is all of the citrus that is in season. I love all of the varieties of oranges and lemons and of course grapefruit. This Winter Citrus Salad combines all of my favorites and it’s incredibly healthy. Since Winter also brings along a whole host of illnesses, this salad is the perfect way to combat illness with its loads of vitamin C!
What is Citrus Good For?
As a mother of four, I can’t afford to get sick. If I go down, it’s no good. Unfortunately, this past week, our family has been hit hard! Everyone is sick, myself included. I certainly have not been hit as hard as my husband or kids, but I have been desperately trying my hardest to do anything I can to combat it. One of my favorite ways to ward off and recover from illness is to fill up on nutrient-dense, healthy food. Citrus is just that. It’s loaded with essential vitamins and minerals and packs a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory punch. It’s also extremely hydrating and great for your skin. What more could you ask for?
Winter Citrus Salad
Now that I have you convinced that you need this Winter Citrus Salad in your life, let’s head to the store. Here is what you will need:
- Blood Oranges
- Cara Cara Oranges
- Meyer Lemons
- Maple Syrup (pure maple!)
- Vanilla Extract
- Fresh Ginger (ginger root or pre-grated work)
- Pistachios (try to find them already shelled, you will thank me later)
Depending on your local grocery store or market, you may or may not have access to all of these different fruits. If not, don’t sweat it. You can mix and match any of your favorite citrus varieties to make this salad. Once you have all of your citrus, you will then cut the peels and pith off each of them and slice them thinly. Arrange them on a platter in layers, making sure to mix all of the different kinds throughout. Next, combine your maple syrup, fresh ginger, vanilla extract and a little bit of salt together and drizzle this dressing over all of the cut citrus. Lastly, chop your pistachios and sprinkle on top! In less than 15 minutes, you have a nutrient dense, vegan and gluten free salad, that is sure to ward off all of the germs!
Winter Citrus Salad with Ginger Vanilla Syrup
- 1 large grapefruit
- 2 medium blood oranges
- 2 medium cara cara oranges
- 2 medium meyer lemons
- 2 medium tangelos
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon grated ginger
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- ¼ cup chopped shelled pistachios
- Cut the peels and pith off all of the citrus and slice thinly. Lay them out on a plate or platter in layers.
- In a small bowl, combine maple syrup, ginger, vanilla, and salt and whisk to combine. Drizzle over all of the sliced citrus and top with chopped pistachios.
I hope you fall in love with this Winter Citrus Salad as much as I have. Between its anti-inflammatory properties and it’s purely delicious taste, it’s sure to win you over! Enjoy!