Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart with a colorful arrangement of citrus on a bed of greens. This Winter Sweet Citrus Salad with Pomegranate & Pistachios says, “I love you!”
With Valentine’s Day being all about love and sharing our hearts, I thought what better way to show your love than to do it though food.
Citrus is one of the best fruits for our heart health. It’s full of flavonoids, an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables, that has been found to protect against heart disease.
High in vitamin C and a good source of folate, citrus fruits also are known to enhance the absorption of iron in food.
With it being the middle of winter it may seem like it’s slim pickings in the grocery produce department but this is the time of year for the most flavorful citrus.
While you may reach for the traditional orange there are so many wonderful varieties of citrus to choose from, including ruby red grapefruit, blood oranges, navel and cara cara oranges, clementines, tangelos…you get the picture!
For this recipe I chose to pair sweet citrus on a bed of greens with pistachios and pomegranate seeds.
A drizzle of honey champagne vinaigrette adds the finishing touches to this winter sweet citrus salad.
The sweet and salty flavor combination is outstanding. The perfect way to get out of the winter doldrums.
Winter Sweet Citrus Salad with Pomegranate & Pistachios
- 1 ruby red grapefruit
- 1 navel orange
- 2 blood orange
- 1 slice red onion
- Mixed greens
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate arils
- 1 tablespoon pistachios
- 2 tablespoons champagne or white wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- To make the dressing mix together the honey, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and whisk or shake well to incorporate the honey. (Warming in the microwave for 10 seconds helps to thin the honey.)
- Peel the citrus being sure to cut away the bitter white pith. Using a serrated knife, slice the citrus into thin rounds. Arrange two plates with mixed greens placing the citrus and red onion on top. Sprinkle with pistachios and pomegranate arils. Drizzle the salad with the dressing and serve.