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Winter Citrus Salad

Do you want to brighten up the gloomy days of January?  If so, make a Winter Citrus Salad.  I’ve been making a version of this salad for a few years now and really look forward to the winter citrus fruit.

Speaking of gloomy, Grand Rapids is the sixth cloudiest city in the US.   (According to our local TV station, WoodTV.)  When we do have a beautiful sunshiny day, we almost feel the need to celebrate it.

I was able to find oranges and grapefruit from Florida.  The blood oranges were from California.  Since I’m from Florida, I’m always happy to find Florida citrus.

You really don’t need a recipe for this salad.  Wash, peel, and slice some of your favorite citrus and drizzle with a salad dressing, if desired.  It is equally good served plain.

Winter Citrus Salad

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 navel oranges
2 Cara Cara oranges
2 blood oranges
1 pink grapefruit
Spring Mix Salad Greens
slivers of red onion
pomegranate seeds

Salad Dressing (optional)

Wash and dry the citrus.  Cut off the top and bottom and set upright on a cutting board.  With a sharp knife cut off the peel and as much of the pith as possible.  Slice the citrus into rounds and set aside.  Arrange a thin layer of the spring mix salad greens on a serving plate.  Layer the slices of the citrus on the lettuce.  Add the red onion.  Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.  Serve plain or with a favorite salad dressing.  

Here is a picture of a sunset over my neighborhood from a few days ago.  It was after one of our rare days of beautiful sunshine.

After i purchased a fresh pomegranate, I discovered that POM now markets the pomegranate fresh arils in  a 4.3 ounce size.  I used some of them for the salad in this post.  They were sweet, tart, and as crunchy as the ones from the fresh pomegranate.


Winter Green Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing

This salad should be called “Eat More Salad“.  It is so good you will want to do exactly that.

There is no history connected to this recipe except for a little bit of personal history.  I first had this salad at my grandson’s graduation party.  A family member brought the salad to the celebration, and I loved the flavor of this fresh salad.

She was kind enough to share the recipe with me.  I changed it slightly by using walnuts and blue cheese crumbles, instead of cashews and feta cheese as in her recipe.  The sweetness of the dressing and the saltiness of the blue cheese crumbles are just perfect. The Honeycrisp apples are now in season at our local orchards, and I like to use them because they give an additional sweet crunch to the salad.


Hard to believe that as much as I love salads, I only discovered this one three years ago.

This is a very easy salad to make and so very tasty you will want to try it.  I think you will love the wonderful combination of romaine, apples, walnuts, cranberries and blue cheese.

Winter Green Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 bag Romaine Lettuce or Spring Mix Lettuce, 10 ounce size
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped apple
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles

1/2 cup Poppy Seed Dressing

In a large serving bowl, add the bag of lettuce.  Sprinkle the lettuce with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Add the walnuts, chopped apple, dried cranberries and blue cheese crumbles.  Pour dressing over salad just before serving, and toss well to coat.  Serve immediately.  

Winter Green Salad

1.  I used prepared Marzetti Poppy Seed Dressing for this post.  I’m still looking for a good homemade version to make.
2.  Even though I first had this salad in the summer, it is perfect for Fall and Winter.

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