A refreshing salad of citrus, avocado, and cilantro – make enough for a whole meal or serve as a side salad with fresh citrus vinaigrette.
Is it spring yet in your neck of the woods? This avocado citrus salad will bring spring in the door whether the calendar or weather says it is.
Spring is my favorite season. I love seeing the bulbs awaken and their flowers burst through the ground or the blossoms come forth sharing their fragrance throughout the orchards. I love rain too; its coolness, the washing of the world, and drenching the ground. Spring wears itself well almost everywhere. Here in SoCa we have citrus blossoms in full bloom and it is heavenly. My morning walks are filled with their scent and I love it. I wish somehow I could share it with you, you know smellivision – ha ha – but if you want check out my photo journal of citrus blossoms and dream.
Spring also brings a whole bountiful of fresh fruits that have been waiting their turn. Such as avocados, naval oranges, blood oranges, lemons, and strawberries. This avocado citrus salad spotlights some of the best.
Avocado Citrus Salad
- 2 cups spinach (washed and torn)
- 2 cups romaine lettuce (washed and torn)
- 1 ripe avocado (peeled and diced)
- 1 blood orange (peeled)
- 1 tangerine (peeled)
- 1/4 red onion (chopped)
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 whole green onion (use both the white and green - mince)
- 1 TBS fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 3 TBS fresh squeezed blood orange juice (or any other fresh orange juice)
- 1 tsp orange zest (finely grated)
- 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt (to taste)
- 2 turns freshly ground pepper (to taste)
- In a large salad bowl, toss together the spinach and romaine lettuce
- Segment the blood orange (or any other kind of orange) and tangerine
- Cut the orange and tangerine segments in half, toss into the salad
- Toss in the cilantro leaves
- Sprinkle the red onion and avocado on top
- Serve with citrus vinaigrette
- In a medium bowl add the first 6 ingredients, whisk together
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Whisk just before serving
- Drizzle over salad
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?